Chicago could not have been prepared for the Tennessee invasion that swept over the city this past weekend. The Nashville Celtics advanced to the gold title game and in the silver division the Tennessee Chosen Few made their presence felt advancing to the title game of their bracket.
Things got off to a rough start as TCF fell in their opener 64-58 to Next Level Players. Quickly regrouping the TCF bested the Michigan Mustangs 73-47 and the run was on.
Devin Sibley (Karns) netted 20 markers as TCF moved forward with a 78-49 victory over the Warriors. Xavier Maddox (Oak Ridge) chipped in with 12 in the win.
Sibley again led the charge with 28 as TCF championed the Michigan Titans 64-36. Tyler Yoder (Stone Memorial) chipped in with 14 in the win.
Balanced scoring was the mantra as TCF moved into the title game with a 64-39 victory over Old School Illinois.
In the title game TCF fell in a nail biter to Team Work Basketball 56-54 to finish 4-2 on the weekend.
Playing with 8 players, TCF was a well oiled machine despite losing Oterriah Lee (CAK) for a few games with an injury. The man returned to help TCF move into the title contest.
Kudos to Justin Simmons (Stone Memorial), Imani Miller (North Carolina), Andre Wilson (Austin East), who has really matured with his effort and decision making and Luke Matthews (Stone Memorial), who was lauded by the coaches for his hustle and defensive effort during their championship game run.
The addition of Sibley gave TCF more scoring punch and fellow newcomer Maddox added some much needed size to the frontcourt. Lee was special in leading the team from the point guard spot. Yoder continues to turn heads with his length and ability to knock down shots. July will be a very special month for that young man.