Celtics, Penny and Chatt Elite Highlight the Action at Eddie Ford Spring Classic

Louisville was the site for the Eddie Ford Spring Hoopfest.

Several Tennessee teams found their way into the fold including the Nashville Celtics.




Nashville Celtics 17s

The Celtics had a nice weekend advancing to the championship game of the silver bracket before falling to the Arkansas Wings 56-54. Kyler Douglas (Haywood) led the way in the title game with 22. Grant Teichmann (Brentwood) chipped in with 10.

In pool play action the Celtics got off to a rousing start with a 57-49 drubbing of the Kimbro Ballers. Douglas took scoring honors in this one as well with 12 while Jalen "Sir" Duke (MLK) added 10.

Duke led the Celtics with 18 but they could not overcome the Kentucky Elite and fell in a close one 61-56. Ricky Dunnaway (Oakland) added 13 in the tough loss.

Things got back on the wining track as the Celtics awoke the Dayton Dreams with Duke nailing 20, Douglas gathering 16 and Chase Hawkins (Lighthouse Christian) gathering 11. Dunnaway added 10.

Duke was again on fire as the Celtics downed the Music City Heat 74-59. The rising senior notched 22 and Joan Duran (Hamilton Heights) added 21 in his best performance of the weekend. Douglas added 19 in the semi-final victory.


Team Penny 16s

Team Penny made the most of their Kentucky stay advancing to the championship game of the gold bracket before falling to Kentucky staple Manimal in the title clash.

Penny advanced to the finals beating the Nashville Celtics in the semis behind solid efforts from Justin Johnson (Westview), Robert Washington (Memphis East) and Phillip Freeburg (MUS).

J.B. Binns (Germantown) was among the top scorers including a 22 point effort in the championship game.

Clayton Hughes (USJ) was also praised for his effort. The rising junior scored at will and showed his athletic prowess throughout the event.


Nashville Celtics 16s

The Celtics had themselves a solid tournament finishing 3-1 losing only to Team Penny in the semi-finals of the Gold Division.

Coaches were quick to site the play of several players including Garrett Sanderson (Lipscomb Academy), Cedriontis Wilson (Blackman), Ben Cotton (Columbia Central), Maleek Sain (Marshall County) and Desmond Cambridge (Ensworth).


Chattanooga Elite 16s

The Elite are figuring things out as they continue to come together as a squad.

The Chattanooga crew finished the event at 3-2 winning their pool and ending fourth in the gold division.

Devonte Jones (Tyner Academy) was big leading the team in scoring at around 15 per game.

Adrien Thomas (McCallie), Brad McCurdy (Bradley Central) and Devonta Ross (Ooltewah) were all praised for their efforts in this event.