Creighton vs. Arizona – Males’s School Basketball Recreation Recap – November 23, 2022

Creighton vs. Arizona – Males’s School Basketball Recreation Recap – November 23, 2022
Creighton vs. Arizona – Males’s School Basketball Recreation Recap – November 23, 2022

LAHAINA, Hawaii — — Oumar Ballo dominated inside with 30 factors and 13 rebounds for No. 14 Arizona, which held off No. 10 Creighton 81-79 on Wednesday to win the Maui Invitational for the third time.

The mixture of the unstoppable 7-foot, 260-pound Ballo and his speedy, gifted supporting forged was simply sufficient for the Wildcats (6-0) to stay undefeated. Kerr Kriisa added 13 factors and 9 assists, Azuolas Tubelis had 12 factors and Courtney Ramey scored 10. Arizona scored its remaining factors with 2:21 to play however managed to carry on.

“I am tremendous pleased with these guys,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd stated. “These tournaments are arduous. To play three video games in three days towards three actually good groups with very distinct kinds and to return out of it on prime the way in which we did, it says rather a lot about this group.”

Ryan Nembhard scored 20 factors for Creighton (6-1), which was making an attempt to beat a ranked opponent for the third straight day. Ryan Kalkbrenner added 16 factors, Trey Alexander scored 15 and Baylor Scheierman had 11 factors and 11 rebounds.

Arizona gave the impression to be pulling away late, however the Bluejays stored hanging round.

Scheierman made a layup with 2:41 left to tug Creighton inside 79-72 however Kriisa made a lovely go to Ballo for a dunk and an 81-72 lead with 2:21 left. He was fouled however missed the free throw.

Nembhard made a layup and Scheierman a 3-pointer to get Creighton inside 81-77. Kalkbrenner made one in all two free throws to chop the deficit to 3. Ramey missed a 3-point try with 18 seconds left.

Creighton known as timeout with 7.4 seconds left to arrange a remaining play. Kalkbrenner did not have an open 3 and handed to Nembhard, who was fouled by Ramey with 2 seconds left. He made the primary shot and deliberately missed the second, with Arizona rebounding to seal the win regardless of Creighton closing with a 12-2 run.

“I simply stored wanting on the rating and the time and our timeouts. And I assumed we had sufficient separation to type of experience it out,” Lloyd stated.

“However you’re simply hoping for a miss. You hate to say that, you want to make ‘em miss. However a kind of photographs bounces off, you already know, and we rebound it, you already know, the sport may have been over somewhat bit earlier. However they didn’t. They went in.

“I feel we had one or two possibly poor selections, however we’ll be taught from that. We apply conditions rather a lot. So quite a lot of the conditions got here up there and I felt comfy not calling a timeout,” he added.

Ballo was robust from the beginning, tallying 16 factors and 9 rebounds within the first half to assist the Wildcats to a 39-30 lead.

“We confirmed some grit in getting ourselves again in that,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott stated. “It felt like within the second half, each time we’d get it to 3 or 4, they’d stretch it again to 9 or 10 and we simply couldn’t fairly crack the seal, so to talk, to get ’em the place they had been actually, actually nervous.

“After which we executed some stuff down the stretch fairly properly to offer ourselves an opportunity, you already know, on the free-throw line there to chop it to 2, after which ran a play the place we thought we may get an excellent take a look at a 3 there to tie it, and clearly didn’t work.”

BIG PICTURE

Creighton: The Bluejays reached the title sport by beating No. 21 Texas Tech within the opening spherical and stopping No. 9 Arkansas within the semifinals.

Arizona: The Wildcats additionally received the Maui Invitational in 2000 and 2014. Lloyd was a part of two Maui titles as a Gonzaga assistant in 2009 and 2018.

UP NEXT

Creighton performs at No. 4 Texas on Dec. 1 as a part of the Massive 12-Massive East Battle.

Arizona opens Pac-12 play at Utah on Dec. 1.

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