Clemson scored 113 points for the second straight day and cruised to a 55-point win over the Bahamas All-Stars. The Tigers shot an incredible 63.2 percent from the field, including 47 percent from behind the three-point line. Clemson also tallied 20 steals in the win.
"I thought we played better tonight than we did yesterday," said Oliver
Purnell, head coach of the Tigers. "I think the 10 days of practice was
good for us."
The Tigers jumped out to a 20-2 lead behind the strong play from point
guard Demontez Stitt. He had assists on Clemson's first three baskets,
including one following a steal where he found Trevor Booker on a fast
break. Also during the run, James Mays had a steal at mid-court then
finished strong with a reverse dunk. Clemson led 26-7 after the first
The Bahamians closed the score to 33-17, but Clemson responded with a
strong 9-2 run with just under four minutes to go in the second period.
Following a 6-0 run by the Bahamas, Purnell inserted the starters with
2:20 to go and the team responded with an 11-1 run. The spurt was
culminated by a Booker steal and Mays' third dunk of the half. The Tigers
led 53-26 at halftime, but could have had a larger lead had it not been
Clemson protected the ball much better in the second half and opened the
third on a 10-3 scoring run. Stitt found Booker for two inside shots and
also made a layup off penetration. The third period featured several easy
baskets for Clemson in transition, including a pair of three-pointers from
freshman Terrence Oglesby. The Tigers outscored the All-Stars 41-14 in
the third period alone.
"We have bonded well and today we played pretty well as a team," said K.C.
Rivers, starting swingman for the Tigers. "We want to become better so in
the long run we know how to handle certain situations."
Rivers was one of five players in double figures Sunday. All 15 players
that traveled played in the game. Twelve of the 15 players scored at
least two points. Nine players recorded at least one steal in Sunday's
With the exhibitions complete, the Tigers will conduct individual workouts
until regular season practices begin in early October. Rivers thinks the
team has benefited tremendously from the preseason practices and trip to
"The practices were intense," Rivers said. "The freshmen came in and
picked up the system. We still have a long way to go. The extra
practices gave us time to bond and helped us know each other's
Rivers not only enjoyed the basketball experience provided by the trip,
but also the experience of Atlantis Resort.
"This place is unbelievable," he said. "This is one of the best hotels in
the world. The water park was tremendous. I was excited to be the first
player to go on the 60-foot drop. There is always something to do here,
whether it is at the pool, park, or beach. You're not bored here. From
food to entertainment, this place has it all."
Clemson's first game of the 2007-08 season is at home versus Furman on
Clemson Downs Bahamas All-Stars, 113-58
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