Saturday, January 22, 2011

Alabama Autlasts Auful api

(Also titled Bama Bounces Back, Beats Barners)

The visiting Tiders had to overcome the only sell out crowd of the season on the Plains, and that was only because their football team regained possession of some trophy that means something to people whose season stops in January.  (We expect to see the curtain put up again by next week.)  The zebras tried to help the home team, calling way too many unnecessary fouls early in both halves against the good guys.  After falling behind by 5 points, Alabama finally won a back and forth game by a score of 68-58.

Releford had to go to the bench after earning his second foul with almost 14 minutes to go in the second half.  Eblen again provided quality minutes in Trevor's stead.   The Tide struggled on offense all afternoon while api uncharacteristically built a slim lead by shooting perfect early from the charity stripe.  Bama struggled from the free throw line early, but the nails were driven into the Tigers' coffin by Releford and Greene who made all but one of their free throws down the stretch. 

api played their typically tough defense but also found ways to put the ball in the basket on the opposite end of the floor.  Alabama couldn't buy a bucket in the first half and didn't look like it could find a three point shot even if it signed a long-term lease with a hefty balloon payment.  Discipline, defense and determination finally won the day for the brave Bama boys.  We saw gutsy performances by everyone wearing a crimson jersey tonight.  Even freshman Charles Hankerson came in and provided some quality minutes that included two rebounds.

The game might have been as ugly as the screeches from the young girl sitting behind Chris Stewart who let go every time Alabama stepped to the free throw line, but a road win is huge in our league and any win over api is important.  If the Tide can hold serve at home it will have a great chance of winning the SEC West.  Not many of us dared to hope for that as the season began.  Even if it does not happen, we are leading the conference right now and that is  more than good enough for me.

I'll see you all next Saturday when the other conference tigers come to visit.

Roll Tide!


DJC said...

I will add my thoughts at some point tomorrow, but wanted you let you guys know I survived that hell hole and am safely at home with a W in pocket :-). RTR! 1st place in the SEC!

Alias said...

I was worried about you. Getting out of there last night was going to be like trying to leave town on a home football Saturday. I've done that several times and it takes forever.