Filipino teenage sensation Kobe Paras had to watch from the bench as Creighton claimed the Paradise Jam tournament crown.
The 6-foot-7 high flyer was listed as DNP as the Bluejays continued its unblemished run as Creighton came from behind to outlast Ole Miss, 86-77 in the final of the Paradise Jam tournament on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Usual suspect Marcus Foster led the squad once again with 25 points as the Bluejays scored their fifth win in as many games.
With the emphatic victory, Creighton improved to No. 12 in the latest college basketball rankings which is 10 spots higher from its previous seeding. The Bluejays scored convincing victories over higher-seeded teams like Wisconsin and NC State.
Against Ole Miss, Creighton fell behind by double digits but a strong showing from Khyri Thomas enabled the Bluejays to came back from the grave.
Thomas' conversion and a free throw put Creighton up by three, 77-74 in the dying minutes.
Bluejays center Justin Patton padded the lead to five on an alley-op dunk from Maurice Watson Jr.'s assist with three minutes left as the Bluejays never looked back on this eight-team event.
Thomas scored 16 and Patton finished with 11 for Creighton.
Toby Hegner came off the bench to score 12 points.
Guards DeAndre Burnett and Rasheed Brooks exploded for 22 points each for the Rebels, who absorbed their first loss after five wins.
Foster was adjudged as the tournament MVP while teammate Cole Huff was named to the Paradise Jam All Tournament team.
Creighton will next collide with Loyola Maryland.
No Kobe, No Problem Again As Creighton Claims Paradise Jam Crown
Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on