Alabama wins against South Carolina
Alabama gets a conference win against South Carolina this Saturday with a score of 90-86
By Thomas Ingle
The Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball team defeated fellow Southeastern Conference team the South Carolina Gamecocks this Saturday at Coleman Coliseum.
The Gamecocks came out to dominate and with less than five minutes into the game, South Carolina was leading 11-1. Alabama would then have a 6-0 run to try and close the gap but the Gamecocks would still be in the lead 20-14. Alabama’s Freshman Guard Jaden Shackleford would hit a three-pointer to get Alabama at the neutral ground with South Carolina. Game tied at 28-28. Alabama sophomore guard Kira Lewis Jr. hit two three-point jumpers that helped Alabama stay in the game with South Carolina just being ahead by one point 38-37. At the end of the first half, it was South Carolina 43 and Alabama 41.
As the second half was almost seven minutes in Alabama’s sophomore guard Alex Reese hit a three-pointer which would put Alabama into the lead 58-56. As the momentum was continuing for Alabama, Shackleford hit a layup to bring Alabama to a 72-67 lead. With 2:26 left in the game South Carolina’s sophomore forward, Keyshawn Bryant would hit a three to cut Alabama’s lead down to Alabama 82 South Carolina 80. Alabama would end up holding off South Carolina and win 90-86.
Four players became game leaders this week.
South Carolina’s Bryant got 22 points, made 9/13 field goals, made 4/6 free throws, and got 13 rebounds, nine defensive and four offensive. South Carolina’s Freshman Guard Jermaine Couisnard got five assists with one turnover.
Alabama’s game leaders for this game were Lewis Jr. and freshman forward Javian Davis. Lewis Jr. scored 25 points with 7/16 field goals and 80 percent from the free throw line. Lewis Jr also got six assists and two turnovers. Davis got 10 rebounds with six being defensive and four offensive.
Coach Nate Oats said the team could have easily folded against South Carolina.
“…We have built-in excuses to why we could have lost this, with injuries and whatnot. I thought our guys fought back and fought back and showed a ton of character,” Oats said.
Oats said the players stepped up.
“We needed Reese to show up big and he comes up with 10 rebounds,” Oats said. “Herb almost has a double-double again and goes 4/6 from the line. We needed him to make two late, and he hit him. He was big. Obviously, Kira has tons of pressure on him every game. I’m really proud of all the guys and their efforts. This puts us in a great spot going into the last week of the regular season.”
Alabama’s next game will be against Missouri on Saturday, March 7, at 1:30 p.m. on the ESPN Network.