Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tide Skates Past Upstate: Bama 78 Spartans 61

My apologies for the delay in posting this recap.  Real life obligations have interfered this week.  I'll keep this one short, mostly because I know everyone is already looking ahead to the big Clemson game tomorrow.

I missed the first ten minutes or so of this one, but was listening on the radio on my way to the arena.  We jumped out to a nice 10 point lead, but as soon as I arrived the Upstate big man started giving us fits.  We couldn't get a rebound, and they cut the lead to 1.  Thankfully, he wasn't able to stay on the court due to foul trouble, and we easily ran them out of the gym.

Donta Hall had another great game.  The pace and flow of this game was a lot better than we've seen.  Bola was back in the starting lineup and had a solid game with 10 rebounds before fouling out.  Despite the better offensive showing, we still didn't shoot the ball well, only 10 of 18 from the line and 6 of 20 for 30% from 3 point land.  We'll have to do better than that if we're going to keep our winning streak over teams from South Carolina going tomorrow.

Hall, Corban, and Key all had double digit points, with Donta putting up an impressive 15 points and 8 rebounds.  Riley played better than he has been, scoring 9 points, and Davis made a couple of 3s.  The competition wasn't the best as there really wasn't much Upstate could do with their beast of a center sitting on the bench, but I feel like at least some of our individual's roles on this team are becoming clearer.

Up next, the Vulcan classic, a 3 pm tip-off at Legacy arena in my hometown of Birmingham tomorrow.  I'm looking forward to only travelling 3 miles to see a game.  The game will be televised on ESPNU.

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