The first round of the SIAC Tournament continued today in Frank L. Forbes arena as the Stillman Tigers defeated the Claflin Panthers 93- 69. Stillman dominated from the tip off as the Tigers jumped out to an early first half 20 – 9 advantage only seven minutes into the contest.
“We are tough to beat when we are able to get out and run and consistently hit the 3-point shot,” Stillman head coach Michael Grant said after the game. The Tigers commanded the first half, shooting 58 percent from the field and 47 percent from the 3-point line with Damian Ford, Lee Riley, Jefferey Wherry and Marvin Hollman all with double digit scoring totals leading to a 53 – 24 halftime advantage.
When asked about his team’s red-hot shooting during the first half, Grant said, “Although I was pleased with their consistent shooting, I was even more pleased with the 16 assists that we had in the first half because that means we are sharing the basketball.”
The second half proved to mimic the first as the Tigers jumped out to a 69- 38 lead, their largest of the contest, with 11:01 left in the second half. Despite late game flurries from the Panthers during the last two minutes of the game, the Tigers’ lead proved to be insurmountable as Stillman moved on to the second round of the SIAC tournament where they will face the Benedict Tigers.