Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Bench Beats Boogs (or Alabama Autlasts Auful Auburn)

Photo From Birmingham News
Bama's basketball team overcame the suspension of Tony Mitchell, one of its offensive leaders, and 27% shooting by point guard Trevor Releford to beat arch (football) rival api on their home court.  (I view M$U and Arkansas as our arch basketball rivals.)  JaMychal Green led Bama from the field, shooting 8 for 13 from the field (including one out of two outside the arc) and Releford made up his points by hitting 9 out of his ten shots from the free throw line.  Charles Hankerson continued to prove his value to the team by scoring 14 points in 23 minutes of play.  Hankerson hit three of his five three point attempts, two coming during a crucial stretch in the first half when Alabama was overcoming api's early emotional lead.  Rodney Cooper added two more three-pointers and one deuce, and Carl Engstrom added four points, a rebound and a block, taking up the slack created by Nick Jacobs' and Trevor Lacey's sudden disappearance from the offensive scoring column. 

Any SEC road win is huge, but Bama fans should not read too much into this one.  api has experienced wild on-court mood swings, playing very well at home against teams like Vandy and Kentucky and then laying eggs like last night's game.  The jury is still out on api's coach Barbee.  He may prove to be an excellent coach who simply has not had much to work with yet.  His team looked a bit over emotional last night, picking up a couple of unnecessary technical fouls on crowd pleasing dunks.  Then again, that might have simply been more evidence of some determination by SEC officials in general that "home cooking" will be a thing of the past in our arenas.

Like MSmilie, I'm looking forward to DJC's recap of the game.  I was a married man with children the last time I attended a game at api's home gym and still almost had a couple of their jerk fans try to start a fight with me after we'd lost our game there, so I don't intend to go back without an apite escort.  I hope DJC did not have to break any noses on his way out and that his lovely lady was willing to suffer that place to provide us some pictures.  Until then, here's a link to a box score and a game recap.   


DJC said...

Unfortunately, Brandi couldn't make it from Ttown so you'll have to settle for the one crappy pic I took on my cell phone.

You are dead on about them being too emotional. At one point after they made a 3 in the first half, their player went out of his way to high five a fan in the student section as he was running back up the court.

I didn't have any issues with their fans, other than many of them arriving late and having a difficult time finding their seats for some reason, which was rather annoying.

Hoot30 said...

They couldn't find there seats since that was the first time the Aub football fans have gone to a basketball game LOL!

Alias said...

Hoot30, that was a great line!