In what proved to be one of the best games of the entire tournament, the Celtics showed just how talented they are - getting big contributions from their entire roster. Trae Golden played arguably his best game of the GBOA South Regional, playing excellent defense, pushing the ball up the floor, and finishing at the rack – something he had trouble doing all weekend. Laquinton Ross continued his outstanding play, shouldering a big part of the load and showing why most believe he is the top player in the class of 2011. Add another 15-20lbs to this kid, and he is going to be scary good!!
While Kenny Boynton had been letting the game come to him throughout the tournament, he knew that he was going to have to step his game up in the championship, and he did just that. He really asserted himself on the offensive end in this one. He came out hot hitting back to back 3's early on, and he looked like he was ready to take over. He and Brandon Knight helped Team Breakdown come back from an early 9 point deficit, and Boynton's long 3 gave Team Breakdown their first lead late in the first half. Keith Clanton continued his excellent play from the Semi's, and he had a great 1st half to help take some of the burden off of Boynton and Knight. The officiating was shaky at times this weekend, and Team Breakdown's fans were really letting the officials know just how good of a job they were doing.
To begin the second half, the Celtics were powered by an unlikely source in Robert Chubb. He came out on fire scoring in a variety of ways. He was responsible for their first 10-12 points after intermission, and he scored in just about every manner you can think of. First it was a put back off of an offensive rebound, then Trae Golden found him running the floor where he finished with a dunk. He also knocked down a couple of jump shots as well. He turned a lot of heads and gave the Celtics the big boost that they needed with the absence of Favors in the middle. The Auburn bound big man plays smart and does his job which causes him to go unnoticed at times.
Boynton and Knight played hard for their team throughout, and they did a good job of keeping the game close. Kenny went into attack mode and hit a number of big 3's down the stretch in an attempt to will his team to victory, including a rare 4pt play. At one point late in the second half, Boynton and Knight had what could have been the sweetest play of the entire tourney. Ray Taylor hit Boynton on the run in the open court, and Kenny led Brandon with a great alley-oop pass which he finished with authority. In the end though, the Celtics proved to be too talented from top to bottom with Andre Malone sticking in the dagger with a couple of big three's in crunch time, and the Celtic's went home champions.
Both the Atlanta Celtics and Team Breakdown will now move on to represent the South in the GBOA Challenge of Champions held in Chicago, August 15-17.