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Tide’s Hall shows all-around game in win over Lipscomb

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — When Donta Hall is consistently active on both ends of the floor, it spells success for Alabama men’s basketball and doom for all opponents on its schedule.  

In talking with former Crimson Tide standout Chris Hines on Tuesday, he said what separates Hall from the rest in college basketball is the amount of energy he plays with. Hines said it’s Hall’s ability to finish around the basket and impact games on defense is what excites fans. 

“Donta’s game reminds me of my own,” Hines said in an interview on The Way It Is via Fox 97.9 FM in Florence, Ala. “What’s great about this season is that he will have help from Daniel Giddens and Galin Smith. Alabama did not have a lot of big men to rotate when I played.” 

For the junior forward from Luverne, Ala., Hall looked charged up for the Tide in its home opener against Lipscomb. He was one of four players to reach double-figures in scoring – joining Collin Sexton (22 points), Dazon Ingram (13 points) and John Petty (14 points) in an 86-64 win. 

The 6-foot-9, 232-pounder turned in 10 points on making five of seven field goals.

He also finished with five rebounds, three assists and a steal. Defensively, Hall shared the team lead in blocks (three) with Daniel Giddens, holding Lipscomb to a 32.9 percent night from the floor. 

His efficiency from midrange carried over from last season; a year in which he connected on a team-high 65.8 percent from the field. Hall led the squad in blocks (48) during the 2016-17 campaign and averaged six points and 5.5 rebounds per contest through 34 games (20 starts). 

Better focus at the foul line remains a point of emphasis for him, but regardless of having all the young talent, head coach Avery Johnson and company will need this type of effective performance from Hall all season. 

Stephen M. Smith covers Alabama men’s basketball for Bama Hoops Hype. You can like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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