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Basketball: Bearcats win inaugural Cayman Islands Classic

The inaugural Cayman Islands Classic came to end with the NCAA’s 12th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats defeating the Wyoming Cowboys 78-53. Tournament MVP Gary Clark scored 17 points while pulling down 6 rebounds. Over three days, Clark finished the tournament with 49 points, 28 boards and 7 assists. Cincinnati held Wyoming to just 15 field goals for the game. Clark said it was a total team effort on both sides of the court.

“You just have to really pay attention to the scout, and stick to the plan, and our guys stuck to the plan early and kept them out of their rhythm.”

Senior forward Kyle Washington said the team set the expectations high prior to the tournament.

“We don’t underestimate any competition, we had our mindset on winning it. We just want to keep on going.”

Head Coach Mick Cronin said Clark was dominant.

“We had Gary who was an All-American. I was watching him coming into his own in front of your eyes. Hopefully he keeps that look in his eyes.”

Clark added the experience at the tournament was positive.

“It was amazing, this weather coming from Cincinnati. The people were amazing, and made us feel very comfortable. It was just fun to be out here, we hope Coach tries to come back next year and each year.”

Cincinnati improved to 6-0 with the win, while the loss was Wyoming’s first of the season, bringing their record to 4-1.

Here’s a look at all the scores from day three at the Cayman Classic:

7th/8th place game 
Iowa 95
UAB 85
Jordan Bohanon – UI
30 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST
5th/6th place game 
South Dakota State 94
Buffalo 80
Mike Daum – SDSU
34 PTS, 6 REB, 2 BLK
3rd/4th place game 
Louisiana 82
Richmond 76
Frank Bartley – ULL
24 PTS, 6 STL, 4 AST

 

 

 

About the author

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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