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Georgia Tech vs Clemson Mid-Week Showdown: Ian Schieffelin Emerges as Game-Changer!


Both teams hope to get a chance at March Madness as the regular season begins to wrap. Photo: Dez Barnes
Both teams hope to get a chance at March Madness as the regular season begins to wrap. Photo: Dez Barnes

A mid-week ACC showdown, yes, please! 

The Tigers came to town to face off against one of their stiffest rivals, the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets. Clemson was coming off an intense 78-77 loss to NC State at home against a blazing Tech team. Although Tech went into the game as 11-5, they had been coming off a win, so their momentum was up and ready to dominate on home court. Like most games against these two, they started hot and remained pretty even throughout the first period. 


The tigers, wearing their bright orange uniforms, indeed looked to impact the court in the game. Of course, the Clemson fans traveled well, spreading all over the McCamish Pavilion with their matching orange apparel. Sadly, though, the game was less packed than one would have expected for two reasons. First, it was a home Tech game, and they usually show up in great numbers and second, the opponent was Clemson. As many know, this Clemson team has slight disdain here in Atlanta. Nevertheless, the crowd was behind their Yellowjackets, which helped keep the energy and dynamic throughout the game.  


The crowd was well attended for a Thursday but higher attendance was expected. Photo: Dez Barnes
The crowd was well attended for a Thursday but higher attendance was expected. Photo: Dez Barnes

The Tigers came into the game 17-8, ranked number 9 in the ACC, where Tech ranked number 14. In Clemson's last game, they had an overall team average of 46.6% in field goals, 37.5% in three-point shots, and 82.4% in free throws. Again, the game was a nail-biter, pushing the Tigers to expose their tenacity on the court. Many would think it would be the same in this game, as Tech did expose them in their earlier season meet-up at home.


Georgia Tech's last game showed a different stride for them as they took on a heavy hitter in Syracuse. In New York, they won the game in a tight margin, 65-60. Overall, They had 39.3% in field goals, 28.0% in three-point shots, and 83.3% in free throw shots. They brought a diligent defense to the court, with 37 of 49 being defensive rebounds. The Jackets have shown great defense throughout the season but need more work on offense. The Jackets have a rising star in Nathan George, who did not play well in the last game but was showing up in tonight's game. His consistency moving forward can add an imperative piece to the Yellowjackets' overall offensive unit. 

Clemson dominated the game and it led to their win! Photo: Dez Barnes
Clemson dominated the game and it led to their win! Photo: Dez Barnes

At halftime, with a 43-31 Tigers lead score, Clemson had a different rising star for tonight's game- Ian Schieffelin. He made an impressive impact on the court, leading with 13 points and 3 rebounds. The Tigers star P.J. Hall followed with 11 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. The progression of Hall is imperative to the team's dominance, and he has shown a level of confidence on the court that is simply unmatched. Thus, the remainder of the game showed much promise for the already leading Tigers. 


After halftime, both teams took the court to finish business; for Clemson, it was a cap off a win, but for Tech, it was to make a comeback and keep the win at home. Tech struggled a bit in the first 6 minutes to get an increase on the board as they only made 6 points since the last-second buzzer, 2 point shot going into halftime. However, Clemson managed to add 9 points to the board and gained some critical defensive rebounds. Clemson needed to watch the fouls as they sent Tech to the line more than anyone would like to see. However, the game remained in Clemson's control, and as long as they led the pace of the game, it looked promising for them. 

Tech's all girl cheer team set for nationals. Photo: Dez Barnes
Tech's all girl cheer team set for nationals. Photo: Dez Barnes

The Tigers continued to utilize their star P.J. Hall to make capitalizing plays, allowing other key factors such as R.J. Godrey and Chase Hunter to keep their dominance on the court. Tech tried to come back and make a wave toward the win. However, the Tiger's defense allowed only a few points added during the second half. However, it is notable that Georgia Tech has this way with games where they allow their opponents to play them in the second half, which is precisely what Clemson did. 


As the last minute of play struck the clock, anxiety flooded the arena as the Yellowjackets sought to lose at home. Although Clemson managed to send them back to the kine with seconds left on the clock, it was simply too little too late. The Tigers finished the Yellowjackets on the road with an 81-57 win. 






This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a journalist on the MTMV Sports platform. She is a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, pet mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow her writings as she dives into the latest sports news! You can find her on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.

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Two of your favorite schools, nice!

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