Friday, December 30, 2016

Hating on Hatters, Bama 83 Stetson 60

Alabama took care of business in the final non-conference game against an over-matched Stetson team to take a 7-5 record into a conference play.

The first half wasn't pretty.  We struggled with turnovers and poor shooting, and only managed to take a 7 point lead into the locker room.  The second half looked much like the Arkansas State game, we played lock down defense and methodically put the game out of reach.

Stetson had no size and for once we took advantage of that and dominated the boards.  Bola had 13 rebounds in 22 minutes.  Dazon had a double double with 10 rebounds and 16 points.  Riley led all scorers with 18 points and Key added 10.  AJ also played well, with 10 points and 6 assists to just one turnover.  The law firm brought the crowd to their feet with a 3 pointer in garbage time.  Davis continues to shoot from all over the court despite rarely coming close to making anything.  He had another 1 for 8 night.

The crowd was about what you would expect for a 7-6 team playing a weak opponent on a Thursday night during Christmas break.  I would say there was maybe 4,500 or so there.  There were a lot of kids in attendance thanks to it being dollar admission for youth night.  This is a good promotion that allows families to see a game at an affordable price, and it's good market to kids as that is the next generation of our fan base.  That being said, given the incessant chatter and constant walking up and down the aisles during game play that comes along with it; I'm glad it's only a once per year promotion.

Up next, we travel to Starkville next Tuesday night for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff against Mississippi State to kick off the SEC schedule.  The game will be televised on SEC Network.  Happy New Year and Roll Tide!

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