Thursday, November 26, 2020

Crimson Clocks Cocks in Covid era debut. Bama 81 Jacksonville State 57

 As a preliminary matter, I'm hoping someone will step up and take on the role over writing game recaps this season.  The main reason I was doing it was because I am usually able to attend more games than most, and I tried to bring a little bit of the in-person perspective to the conversation.  Unfortunately, I am not planning to go to many, if any, games this season due to the pandemic.  I would love to hear a first person account from someone who is attending these games.  

Despite the unusual and less than ideal circumstances, this is one of the most anticipated seasons in years, and I was excited to watch this game on my new television, even if I felt a little weird and sad about not being there.  

It was a relatively easy win against an inferior opponent, so I'm not sure how much you can read into this one game.  My biggest takeaways were:

-Jahvon Quinnerly looked great at point guard.  He's more than capable of replacing the first round pick we just lost at that position.  18 points, 3 assists, and only one turnover.  He has a good looking shot and makes good decisions with the ball.  His game is smooth, and I think he's going to thrive in Coach Oats system.

- I expected more out of Bruner.  We still appear to be thin in the post.  We gave up way too many offensive rebounds. 

-Rojas is a solid addition, giving us 7 rebounds and 8 points in 21 minutes.  He's undersized but can handle some contact and will fight for a board.

-We missed way too many layups and bunnies.  We're going to have to convert the easy baskets if the 3s aren't falling against a decent team.

-Alex Reese looked bad.  I'm talking about both his play and his hair.  

-Shack scored 18 despite only making one three and played solid defense.  He might be on the verge of taking his game to the next level.

-I've heard that Herb's really been working on his jump shot.  Hopefully that 3 in the second half will build his confidence.  He's one of the best defenders in the nation, and if he can add a decent 3 ball he will be a first round pick, but he also needs to work on finishing around the basket. 

Happy Thanksgiving, Stay Safe, and Roll Tide!

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