The mighty Atlanta Celtics stormed into the finals against Pump ‘n Run as favorite to win it all on the strength of their front line. However, in the end it was a pair of guards that ruled the action. MVP Jordan Farmar had 20 points and 4 assists in the 94-86 win. Bryce Taylor had 16 of his own and 2003 forward Jared Dudley did plenty of damage as well.
Dwight Howard had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for the Celtics who were bidding to win their fourth T.O.C. title. The Celtics walloped Tulsa 74-51 and Juice 76-51 to gain a finals berth.
Pump ‘n Run smoked a fine Houston Westside team 71-48 and squeaked one out against the New York Ravens 74-72.
The Long Island Lightning defeated the New Orleans Jazz 60-51 in the finals to capture the championship among second-place pool finishers. However, the Lightning were defeated in the semis by the Southern Cal All-Stars but gained a berth in the finals when So Cal had to leave to catch a flight.
Meanwhile, Tasmin Mitchell scored 27 in a big time semifinal performance against the Playaz. The Jazz won 90-75 in that one.
16 Year Old Division
Another Georgia squad entered a title game as the favorite and came out a runner-up. In overtime, the Illinois Wolves defeated the Georgia Stars 66-64 as guard Bobby Frasur sank two free throws with 5 seconds to play.
Frasur was named all-tournament but the MVP went to point guard Brian Mullins whose savvy floor game paced the Wolves. Meanwhile, Louis Williams of the Georgia Stars had 21 points including a 9-for-10 effort from the line. Prior to the title game, Williams' strong play was one of the story lines in the bracket.
15 Year Old Division
The "Big Ticket" was big time for Boo Williams which defeated the Tim Thomas Playaz 61-46 to win the championship. Vernon "Big Ticket" Macklin was the easy choice for MVP of the division. Boo Williams has not lost a game this spring yes (that means in any tournament) and captured the Southern Invitational title two weeks ago.