The Tigers opened their stay at the Super 8 Classic in Grayson, Kentucky with their best offensive and defensive play of the young season in the first half against the host school, Kentucky Christian University. Grace was clicking on all cylinders with a suffocating man to man defense and an offense led by Cory Jamieson’s 16 first half points as the Tigers led at the break, 49-24. Grace shot 65% from the field in the first half including 5/10 from the three point arc.
Coach Gary Bailey emptied his bench early in the second half, playing all 17 guys at least 5 minutes as the Tigers cruised to an 86-62 victory. “We have a lot of respect for KCU and the tradition that goes with playing here,” said Bailey. “They are way ahead of us in head to head record over the years, but I was quite pleased with the way our guys executed our game plan tonight. Playing three games in three days requires having some depth just to survive. We were able to rest our starters and get some minutes for our freshmen tonight. That should help us in our play on Friday and Saturday.”
Jamieson and fellow senior captain Matt Kurtz led the Tiger scoring with 17 points each. Jamieson and junior Ryan Dame each had 6 rebounds for Grace. Blandon Clemons, KCU’s senior guard led all scorers with 22.
The Tigers face NAIA II #12 ranked College of the Ozarks on Friday at 2 PM before closing out the tournament on Saturday at 2 PM against Valley Forge Christian College.