The Clemson Tigers and Creighton Bluejays will tip-off in the championship game of the 2nd Annual Cayman Islands Classic Wednesday (21 November) at the John Gray High School Gymnasium.
Semifinal One: (16) Clemson 64 vs 49 Georgia
Tigers guards Marquise Reed and Shelton Mitchell combined for 37 points en route to a 64-49 win over the Georgia Bulldogs.
“They’re our senior back court, those guys are good players. I thought they took advantage of certain situations, they were really ready to compete today,” said Clemson Coach Brad Brownell.
Senior Elijah Thomas dominated the paint with his second straight double-double scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Brownell rode his starters with sophomore Clyde Trapp playing a bench-high 15 minutes.
“We got to win today to get to tomorrow. We have some older guys who’ve hopefully been through that a bit, but there’s no question that’s a factor. Third game in three days, we will have to be mindful of that.”
Georgia Coach Tom Crean said the team, who was coming off an 80-68 win over Illinois State on the opening day, was over matched by the no. 16 team in the nation.
“Very winnable game for us, but we never came out with the right mindset from the beginning. As poorly as we played at times, it was still a winnable. Our mentality and aggressiveness wasn’t what it needed to be to win, it wasn’t as good as it was yesterday.”
Semifinal Two: Creighton 93 vs 68 Georgia State
Career-highs for sophomores Damien Jefferson and Mitch Ballock led the Bluejays to a 93-68 win over Georgia State. Ballock scored 23 points, scorching the Panthers for 50% from three-points shooting 6-12 while grabbing seven rebounds. Jefferson pitched in with 20 points and six rebounds.
“We know that’s the goal, we can do what we set out to do. Coach wants us to shoot the ball, let the ball fly, that’s our motto, and we’ll hope to keep it going,” said Jefferson.
Coach Greg McDermott said “this is a really good win for us, I was impressed with Georgia State on film and watching them yesterday. I thought our guys collectively did a terrible job making their looks tough.”
Here is a look at Day Three of the Cayman Islands Classic:
11:00 am Akron vs St. Bonaventure (7th and 8th Place)
1:30 pm Illinois State vs Boise State (5th and 6th Place)
5:00 pm Georgia vs Georgia State (3rd and 4th Place)
7:30 pm (16) Clemson vs Creighton (Championship)