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Rapid Recap: Alabama 104, Alabama A&M 67

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The Crimson Tide came into the game tonight on a hot start, 2-0 and averaging 84.0 points in the contests.  They looked to keep the Tide rolling as they hosted the Bulldogs from Alabama A&M, a team that seems to be on the opposite side of the spectrum coming into tonight, beginning their campaign 0-2 with two stout losses away.

The Tide opened the game with a lightning quick 10-0 run in the first four minutes of play.  The Tide shot 100% from the field during the game but saw their free throw struggles continue. It seems that after the first two contests, perimeter defense has become a point of emphasis among Avery Johnson’s men. After a sluggish start, A&M began to find their form, knocking down deep balls and finding ways to expose the Crimson Tide on back-door cuts.

Donta Hall was a presence in the paint on both sides of the ball tonight.  His ability to guard the rim clogged up much of A&M’s attempts at offense and allowed the rest of the team to get out and run in transition, a huge factor in the Tide’s 8 first-half fast break points and 20 points in the paint.

The Tide were dominant for the entirety of the first half, essentially putting the game away in twenty. John Petty and Collin Sexton took the game by scoring, leading the team with 33 of the Tide’s 51 points, scoring 15 and 18 respectively.


The Tide began the second half less fiery than the first, but nonetheless consistent, looking to a more conservative plan of attack.  With the game essentially dead, it seems that the Tide took their foot off the gas pedal early in the second half, allowing the Bulldogs to see a bit more productivity on the offensive end of the floor.

Avery Johnson deployed his secret weapon (i.e. Lawson Schaffer) to spark the crowd amid an offensive dry spell during the midway point of the second half. a tactic that seemed to work as the Tide were then able to open their advantage back up to 29 before Schaffer left the floor.

The Tide got the offense rolling again at the 8 minute mark thanks to another pair of deep balls from John Petty. A pair that he then turned into another, and another, until he gifted a new single game record for the fans in attendance tonight: Most three point baskets made in a single contest – 10. With the offense clicking once again, and I mean clicking, the Tide cruised to a huge win, bringing them to 3-0 on the year.

John Petty was all about the deep ball tonight, shooting all of his shots from range and finishing 10 of 13 for 30 points.  The tandem of Petty and Sexton lead the team in scoring with the latter chirping in a not-to-be-slept-on 25 points of his own, with five assists and zero turnovers to go along with it. Dazon Ingram was the only other Alabama player to reach double digits, adding his 10 points to what was a stellar performance all around for the Crimson Tide.

In a game of complete dominance like tonight, it is often difficult for teams to find much to build upon going forward. But for Avery Johnson, tonight was simply the reassurance of his season’s slogan.

“Hit the open man.”

If the Tide can continue to share the sugar and follow their coach’s call, games like tonight might become a bit more commonplace for this Tide team on the rise.



Johnathan Anderson covers Alabama Basketball for Bama Hoops Hype. You can follow him on Twitter for in-game updates and analysis.

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