Our men’s basketball team went to Tuscaloosa to play the University of Alabama tonight. The final score wasn’t great, 97-43, but our guys are marvelous to even take the floor against an SEC team.
We were down by only 2 points ten minutes into the game. Below is the story of the game from their web site, and here are some great pictures.
Nov. 13, 2008
TUSCALOOSA- The Alabama men’s basketball team concluded exhibition play with a 97-43 victory over Belhaven at Coleman Coliseum Thursday night. The Tide defense set the tone, holding the Blazers to 29 percent shooting and forcing 31 turnovers that led to 40 points.
Eleven Tide players broke into the scoring column led by sophomore guard Senario Hillman who scored a game-high 21 points. Hillman scored 15 of his 21 in the second half when he was a perfect 6-6 from the field including 3-3 from behind the arc.
“I’ve been working on my shooting a lot,” Hillman said. “The main thing about it is I have to build up my confidence on my shot and keep working on it. To be able to have a performance like this obviously helps in that aspect of my game.”
Three more Tide players scored in double figures with Alonzo Gee tallying 18 points and six rebounds and freshman JaMychal Green adding 14 points and a team-high seven boards. Yamene Coleman chipped in 12 points off the bench.
Alabama dished out 26 assists on 34 field goals with Ronald Steele racking up eight assists to lead the team. On the defensive end, Alabama came up with 20 steals led by Green with five while Hillman and Coleman added four pilfers a piece.
“There are two things I like about this team,” head coach Mark Gottfried said. “I like our unselfishness, and I like our defensive intensity and quickness. The quickness on defense and our unselfishness are great personality traits for this team. I thought that we wore them down after a while with our defensive pressure and that created a lot of opportunities for our offense.”
For the game, Alabama shot 44 percent from the field and 81 percent (21-26) from the foul line. The Tide held a decisive edge in points scored on free throws outscoring Belhaven 21-7 at the line.
Belhaven kept things close early on, trailing by only two, 14-12, 10 minutes into the first frame. However, the Tide put together a 15-0 run from that point to extend the lead to 29-12 en route to a 44-23 halftime lead. Gee scored 17 of his 18 before intermission including a three pointer as the halftime buzzer sounded.
Belhaven forward Korey Whiting led the Blazers in scoring with nine points. Iman Walcott grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Blazers.