From one end of the country to the other, the high profiles July period has kicked off into high gear and the Nashville Celtics and the Tennessee Travelers 16 and under squads are shining so bright they may never dim down.
In the desert world of Las Vegas, the Nashville Celtics ran trough their pool action with a stiff 3-0 record and a pocket full of confidence.
David Howard (MBA) continues his meteoric rise with some sterling play in Sin City. The big Nashville native has improved his overall aggressiveness and is looking to score from the block. His defensive effort has felt the boon of his efforts grabbing tough rebounds and blocking shots at will.
The gaggle of outstanding guards continues to be a Celtic staple and this proved to be no exception in their pool play victories. Taylor Barnette (Kentucky) is shooting the ball like a young Chris Lofton, as evidence by his 23 point barrage in pool play action; Daijon Williams (Clarksville) has been consistent from the arc and off the bounce, while Keilan Blanks (Spring Hill) was outstanding in the opening pool play win over the Utah Pump and Run.
John Ross Glover (USJ) and Eric Robertson (Alabama) have held the fort from a defensive perspective and still managed to score some valuable buckets when called upon.
The Celtics will move into bracket action tomorrow.
Montrae "Dead-Eye" Williams (Spring Hill) drained a three lifting the Tennessee Travelers to a 74-73 victory over CP3 All-Stars in opening round Gold bracket action at the 16 and Under Super Showcase in sunny Orlando.
The Travelers kept a small lead late into the game behind the play of Williams, Jaylen Allen (Science Hill), Jack "The Natural" Montague (Brentwood) and Matt Shown (Alcoa).
Pool play saw the Travelers defeat the Chicago Demons, Team Florida and Team NJ Select Stars before besting CP3. Sources sighted the play of Shown, Montague, Williams, James Scales (Cherokee) and Cory Nelson (Grace Baptist) as keys to the Travelers success thus far.
Despite some close losses, the Tennessee Tigers 16 and under crew have competed and are right on the verge of breaking on through to the other side. Ross Welch (DCA) and Casey Smith (Morristown East) both played well in the pool play rounds.