Things were looking a bit bleak as the powerful All Iowa squad headed into halftime sporting a 42-32 lead over the Nashville Celtics.
Let's chalk up what happened next to some good old fashioned hard nosed defense and a sophomore point guard who took control of a semi-sloppy game and righted the proverbial ship.
Sticking with the lineup that got them back in the game, the Celtics used some slick drives to the bucket from the aforementioned Kedren Johnson (Marshall County) , some clutch scoring from ultra long Austin Hollins (Germantown) and some spirited defense from Casey Prather (Jackson Northside) to not only get back in the game but, ended up putting the keibosh on Iowa with a 75-68 triumph.
Prather took a hard charging call against All-Iowa's franchise player Harrison Barnes with :49 ticks on the clock and from there on some clutch foul shooting helped the Celtics stay unbeaten after six games here in Arkansas.
Hollins led the scoring with 18, Johnson added 15 and Prather chipped in with 13. Ish Sanders (Cleveland) cracked double digits with 10.
At last glance the Memphis Magic Elite were into the championship bracket with a good win against the Franchise All-Stars but faced the juggernaut All Ohio Red in the evenings final contest...we'll have results as soon as we get them.
In other action, "Mighty" Chris Jones (Melrose) did all he could do. but Team Memphis fell to a powerful Belmont Shores squad knocking them out of the championship bracket.
At last word the Mid-State Ballerz finished in a thre way tie but got the short end of the stick getting third place after pool play. Cordero Williams (Liberty Tech) hit a game winning shot earlier in the day to get the Ballerz past a tough Hoop Planet squad and at last word the Ballerz were still alive in consolation bracket play.
My obligation to the people I am covering the event for have precluded me from seeing any of the 16 and 15 and under action.