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March Madness 2019

Clemson, Georgia set for day two battle; Creighton, Georgia State tip-off in evening finale

The No. 16 ranked Clemson Tigers edged the Akron Zips 72-69 Monday (19 November) to open the 2nd Annual Cayman Islands Classic NCAA Division One basketball tournament.

Point Guard Shelton Mitchell led the way for the Tigers with a season-high 22 points, while Zips sophomore Loren Cristian Jackson scored a game-high 25 points.

“Akron did some nice things down the stretch, had a couple of big threes that changed the momentum of the game after we had a 15-point lead,” said Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell.

Akron Head Coach John Groce said the Ohio-based Mid-American Conference school of 20,500 is fortunate to compete in a preseason game of this magnitude.

“The hospitality, the event, the quality of teams, the great officials, this is a high-level deal. For us to be challenged in that way, this time of year, it’s a major thing for our programme, our team and our kids, so we are thankful for that.”

Clemson will face the Georgia Tuesday (20 November) starting at 1:30 pm after the Bulldogs edged the Illinois State Redbirds 80-68. Georgia was led by sophomore Rayshaun Hammonds who scored a game-high 31 points with 7 rebounds and 2 assists. In the loss, Redbirds senior Milik Yarbrough scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

In the evening finale, a strong Bluejays fan base powered Creighton to a 94-82 win over the Boise State Broncos. Bluejays guard Ty-Shon Alexander led the way with 18 points and 3 assists, while Broncos junior RJ Williams scored a game-high 28 points along with 9 rebounds and 3 steals.

The win pits Creighton against the Georgia State in the tournament’s second semifinal starting 7:30 pm Tuesday evening after the Panthers topped St. Bonaventure 75-65. Panthers junior D’Marcus Simonds scored a game-high 25 points along with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Here’s a look at the entire schedule for day two of the Cayman Islands Classic:

11:00 am: Akron vs Illinois State

1:30 pm (winner’s bracket): Clemson vs Georgia

5:00 pm: St. Bonaventure vs Boise State

7:30 pm (winner’s bracket): Creighton vs Georgia State


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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 or .

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