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Celtics finish 14th in AAU DI tournament

March 12th, 2012

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The Bolingbrook-based Illinois Celtics finished 14th in the 128-team National Eighth Grade Division I Tournament in Orlando, Fla. July 15-21. Last year, many of these players were on the Illinois T-Wolves and claimed the North American Youth Sports national championship in Bolingbrook.

Some members of the Illinois Celtics attend the Opening Ceremonies of the AAU Tournament in Orlando.
(Jeff Vorva/Tribune)
Coached by Anthony Muhammad and Ernest Edwards, the team consists of Aaron Jordan, Prentiss Nixon, Devin Sams and Julian Torres, from Bolingbrook; Alex Edwards and Tyler Jackson, Naperville; Dana Hawkins, Hillside; and Glynn Watson, Bellwood.

The Celtics came into pool play as the third-seed in a four-team pool and finished 2-1. They came in second, earning a spot in the championship division.

After a 70-43 first-round loss to the King Street Kings from New Jersey, the Celtics were close to elimination but won a 58-57 nail-biter over the RDU United Celtics out of North Carolina in the consolation round. They followed up with a 58-43 win over the Fairfax Stars out of Virginia, a 58-57 won over Indiana’s Spiece Elite and a 72-53 win over the Soldierz Elite of Arkansas before dropping a 52-39 decision to the Mokan Elite of Kansas.

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