Celtics Have Strong Showing At Kingwood

We told you before that it was an up and down tourney for the Carolina Celtics at the Kingwood Classic in Houston this weekend. The Celtics worked their way through the field and landed in the Final Four as different players stepped up during the run including Quinton Thomas (pictured). Come inside and find out how well the Celtics fared in this FREE update courtesy of SCPrepNation.com!

The run finally came to an end for the Carolina Celtics at the Kingwood Classiic in Houston. Participating in the Platinum Division 17U championship bracket the Celtics played with heart and managed to make it to the Final Four of the biggest bracket at the tourney. The Celtics lost in the Final Four to Team Jones out of Oregon 66-53.

"Man we just ran out of gas. Playing 3 games in 6 hours without Kenny Manigault and Joe McNeely hurt our depth. I'm proud of the guys for how they played though," coach Jonathan Campbell told us. Manigault suffered a sprained ankle early on Sunday and McNeely had to get 10 stitches to close a gash on his head making a hustle play when an opposing player landed on his head on Saturday.

Manigault was recently named to the Scout.com Top 100 list for 2009 and McNeely is the consumate team player who gives his all and really gave opposing perimeter players fits with his hardnosed defensive approach. Various players stepped up their play and helped their stock value with strong performances this weekend.

We will have a breakdown of all the Palmetto State players participating at the Kingwood Classic on Monday. A couple of players made it their launching pad for bigger and better things on the recruiting front. On Monday we'll break it all down for you so be sure to check back for the best coverage of SC AAU basketball right here at SCPrepNation.com!

Note: Howard Pulley defeated Team Jones 69-60 in the championship game for the Kingwood Classic championship.

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