Ballerz, Celtics, Stallions All Alive for River City Showdown Finale


Lets keep a good thing going.

Fresh off winning the Peach State Classic in Aiken last week the Mid State Ballerz took their unbeaten July into Memphis, quite a daunting task I must say.

Tarius Johnson (Liberty Tech) continued his stupendous July scoring 24 points and leading the Ballerz to an 81-76 win over the Memphis Magic Elite. Johnson and Damarius Smith (Kenwood), who finished with 21, were seemingly always in the right place at the right time. 

A timely bucket, an important rebound, a pin point assist they willed their squad to victory. Kaneal Windom (JCM) was sterling with the game on the line converting a huge three pointer while getting fouled and making a tough diving save to keep a possession alive. Windom finished with 15. Cordero Williams (Liberty Tech) knocked down some big threes early to keep the score within reach for the final push, Cord finished with 11. 

Anthony Green (Manassas) and Chris McClurkan (Dickson County) both had big plays at crucial times during the game. McClurkin converted a driving lay-up and a soft foulline jumper off a sweet Williams dish to keep the Ballerz in the lead late.

Joe Jackson (White Station) led all scorers with 25 on the night. Adonis Thomas (Melrose) added 21 and Chris Crawford (Sheffield) finished with 13. Tarik Black (Ridgeway) was saddled with foul trouble right from the start and finished with 5 in limited minutes. 

The Nashville Celtics had another strong day on Tuesday winning all three of their games setting up a fun festival of games tomorrow. The Celtics downed M33M  91-65 behind 23 from Casey Prather (Jackson Northside). Joining in on the scoring party, Meiko Lyles (USN) had 18, Austin Hollins (Germantown) added 16 and Ish Sanders (Cleveland) finished with 11.

Mardracus Wade (Mitchell) and Bobby Parks Jr. (St. George's) ended with 16 each for the M33M. 

Hollins was the high man in the second contest dropping 26 in an easy 94-61 win over the NW Mississippi Wildcats. Prather added 23, Sanders chipped in with 14 and Jeremy Purvis (Clarksville Northeast) contributed 12. 

Seni-final and final action gets underway tomorrow at the Finch Center.