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CLEMSON, S.C. -- Jaron Blossomgame scored a season-high 27 points, four other Clemson players scored in double figures and the Tigers held off High Point 83-74 on Friday night.Donte Grantham and Avry Holmes added 13 points each to help Clemson (3-2) end a two-game losing skid.A little harder fought win than we wouldve liked down the stretch, Clemson coach Brad Brownell said, but I thought our guys played with really good offensive confidence.After coming up short against No. 9 Xavier and Oklahoma in last weeks Tire Pros Invitational, the Tigers shot 48 percent from the field and made 22 of their 24 free throws Friday.The Panthers (3-3) got 22 points from leading scorer Andre Fox, who made two 3-pointers and eight free throws.Hes a confident kid, High Point head coach Scott Cherry said. These games are only going to help him get better as the year goes on.Anthony Lindauer added 16 points for the Panthers, who trailed by 13 at halftime and as many as 16 in the second half.High Point would get to within four points on Lindauers layup with 6:17 to play, but a jumper by Marcquise Reed and a steal and dunk by Blossomgame pushed Clemsons lead back up to eight with 5:22 to play.Blossomgame, hes a problem and a heck of a player, Cherry said.Reed and Gabe DeVoe scored 11 points each for the Tigers.We dropped two games in Orlando, but were still a good team, Blossomgame said.BIG PICTUREHigh Point: The Panthers created some momentum after winning two of three games at the HPU Classic last week, but after a four-day layoff, High Point lost to an ACC squad for the second time this season. Virginia Tech thumped the Panthers 99-73 in Blacksburg, Va., on Nov. 15.Clemson: Shelton Mitchell, who was expected to be the starting point guard before a Nov. 8 knee surgery to repair torn meniscus sidelined him, made his season debut off the bench Friday. The Vanderbilt transfer had two assists, zero turnovers and no points on two shot attempts in 11 minutes of action.It was good to have him back, Brownell said. He certainly isnt where he was pre-injury.STAT OF THE NIGHT: Blossomgame has yet to find his long-range game, making just three of his 16 3-point attempts this season, but hes now scored 20 points or more in consecutive games by making 18 combined field goals.HE SAID IT: We have some warts that need attention, Brownell said. We also have some things that we do pretty well. The teams out there that are 5-0 or 5-1, maybe havent been exposed to some of the things that theyre going to be exposed to here the next month. Weve got a chance to rectify those problems.TIP-INS: High Point never led and the game was only tied for 15 seconds.Sidy Djitte grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds for the Tigers to record double-digit boards in consecutive games.Clemson blocked a season-high six shots.High Point outscored the Tigers in the paint 34-28.UP NEXTHigh Point plays its second consecutive road game when it visits Morgan State on Monday.Clemson hosts Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday. Cheap Atlanta Hawks Jerseys .J. -- Marshawn Lynch said Thursday it will be good to get back to football after the Seattle quiet talking running back wrapped up his final mandatory media session of Super Bowl week. Cheap Omari Spellman Jersey . The team also announced Tuesday that the Braves will wear a commemorative patch on the right sleeve during the season. The patch, shaped like home plate, carries the number 715, Aarons autograph and a "40th Anniversary" banner. http://www.cheaphawksjerseys.com/ . 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In the?Cleveland Indians case, one of the freshest takes is provided by Brandon Guyer, a veteran outfielder with a reputation as a hit-by-pitch magnet and a masher of left-handed pitching.In late July, Guyer was playing for the last-place Tampa Bay Rays in the sterile environs of Tropicana Field. After the Indians acquired him at the Aug. 1 trade deadline, Guyer quickly settled into an environment where newcomers were welcome, togetherness was paramount and each new obstacle was viewed as something to be overcome.Some days are especially fun. On Friday afternoon, Guyer was preparing for Game 2 of the American League Division Series against Boston when he discovered that Cleveland sports teams place a lot of stock in sticking up for one another. In a classic case of intracity sports franchise brotherhood, LeBron James took the field and delivered an impassioned Cleveland against the world speech to the Progressive Field crowd.I didnt know that was happening, Guyer said. When I got done warming up, I was in the dugout and I saw him talking, and I was like, Wow, if that doesnt get you pumped up, I dont know what will. Im sure the whole team got pumped up. That was amazing.Its almost as amazing as the pitching-impaired Indians being one win away from a shot at the American League pennant.After beating the Red Sox 5-4 and 6-0 at home, the Indians headed to Boston to try to finish the job. If they cant put away the Sox on Sunday or Monday at Fenway Park, they can advance to the American League Championship Series with a win behind rested ace?Corey Kluber?in Game 5 on Wednesday in Cleveland.Recent history suggests the Red Sox will be a tough out. In 1999, Cleveland seized a 2-0 ALDS lead over Boston only to lose three straight games by a combined score of 44-18. In 2007, the Tribe suffered an equally dispiriting ending. They were one victory away from a World Series appearance when they dropped three straight to the Red Sox by scores of 7-1, 12-2 and 11-2.The Indians have spent so much time overcoming obstacles this year, they havent had time to bone up on the franchises historical baggage. The first significant setback came in May, when All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley went down for the season with a shoulder injury. That bad news paled in comparison to the devastation in September, when starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar both got hurt in the span of a week.The Indians endured. They scored the second-most runs in the American League this season and logged the second-best ERA while ranking 28th in attendance and 23rd in Opening Day payroll. Cleveland was the only team in the majors not to suffer a losing streak of more than three games. (Yes, that includes the 103-win Cubs, who dropped five straight games right before the All-Star break).We dont have big names or the big contracts or any of that stuff, said second baseman Jason Kipnis. We have 25 guys who are baseballl players and love to compete and have bought into this team.dddddddddddd Thats kind of the way we need to be. We dont have a David Ortiz or a Miguel Cabrera that you can just put in lineup and expect big things. We need to do the little things.Next man up has become a tired cliché, but the Indians have embodied it in the ALDS. Catcher Roberto Perez, who had to close with a rush to bat .183 during the regular season, is 2-for-5 with a homer and two walks against Boston. Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall, who made only eight starts against left-handed pitchers all season, provided the big hit with a three-run homer off David Price on Friday. Guyer came off the bench to go 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.Manager Terry Francona is on a roll, too. He used his best two relievers, Cody Allen and Andrew Miller, for a total of 80 pitches and 11 outs in the series opener, leading everyone to wonder whether either pitcher would be available for Game 2. Then Kluber went out and stifled the Red Sox for seven innings, and neither Miller nor Allen even had to warm up. Theyll go into Game 3 with a full two days of rest.First baseman Mike Napoli, who hit a team-leading 34 homers with Cleveland on a one-year, $7 million contract, sees some parallels between this Indians team and Bostons 2013 championship club. The Indians are younger than that Boston team, but the priorities are the same.It starts with checking your ego at the door and coming together as a team and focusing on winning and not yourself, Napoli said. It didnt just happen overnight. It started in spring training -- people coming together and showing that everyone cares for each other and wants to pick each other up and ultimately win. Me personally, I like to bring everyone together and put their eye on one prize. I think weve done a good job of that.Before this series began, some baseball insiders regarded the Indians as a dangerous team regardless of their pitching injuries. The list of believers included Detroit special assistant Jim Leyland, who saw all he needed to when the Indians took 14 of 18 regular-season meetings with the Tigers.Heres a telling piece of trivia: Since Francona took over as manager in 2013, the Indians lead the American League with 352 victories. Thats one more win than the Baltimore Orioles have in that span.This team has a confidence about it, not only to win the division but to make some noise this postseason, Kipnis said. It started when we laid the foundation with some winning seasons. I felt like it was our turn this year.James and the Cavaliers helped change the tone of the sports-related conversation in Cleveland and turn fatalism to cautious optimism, and now the Indians are doing their part to extend the citys momentum. It wont be easy to eliminate Boston, or logging the nine more wins required to proclaim this The Year of Cleveland in baseball. But the Indians sure are playing like a team that plans to stick around. Camo China NFL Jerseys Disocunt Football Jerseys Cheap NFL Gear Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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