Semifinals Set In Atlanta

<b>ATLANTA – The semifinal matchups are set and Sunday should be a strong day of competition at the Atlanta Basketball Classic. In the first semifinal, Beach Ball Select will take on the Southeast Raptors. Then, it's the Atlanta Celtics against Team Reef in an all-Georgia matchup.</b>


Celtics Remain Strong Favorites

The Atlanta Celtics placed one team in the semifinals and saw another narrowly fall in the quarters. See, the Celtics entered a pair of teams in the 17-and-under division. They call themselves Celtics I and Celtics II, but to tell you the truth one is the varsity team and the other is the Celtics JV unit.

The varsity Celtics, led by Amare Stoudemire and Sani Ibrahim, defeated the Houston SuperStars 84-72 and advanced to the semis. They'll play Team Reef, a 73-69 winner over the Celtics junior varsity team.

In the other semifinal, Beach Ball Select will take on the Southeast Raptors. Beach Ball needed 35 points from Raymond Felton and a big-time fourth quarter rally to trip up the Alabama Ice after trailing by 18 at the half. Select won the game 82-79.

Meanwhile, the Raptors had to duke it out with the adidas Kershaw, another Alabama-based program, PG Chadd Moore had a big afternoon for the Raptors who have been without the services of junior big man Jackie Butler. Apparently, Butler isn't showing up after having recently completed team camp at Louisiana State.

Saturday's Scores

First Round
Houston SuperStars 82, Wide World Renegades 65

Celtics I 69, Alabama Road Runners 58

Celtics 91, St. Pete Elite 73

Team Reef 95, Midstate Ballerz 93

Beach Ball Select def. Newark Rams

Alabama Ice 48, Pole Antilles 43

Southeast Raptors 73, Cincinnati Raw 71

Adidas Kershaw def. Middle Georgia Bucks
Quarterfinals
Celtics I 84, Houston SuperStars 72

Team Reef 73, Atlanta Celtics II 69

Beach Ball Select 82, Alabama Ice 79

Southeast Raptors 60, adidas Kershaw 55

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