Davis Has Fine Senior Day Game
Charvez Davis made four three-pointers in the second half in Alabama's 20th win of the season, and helped pick up some of the scoring slack when JaMychal Green went to the bench with his fourth foul with just under 11 minutes to play.
"It felt good, but I have to give credit to my teammates and to my coaches," said Davis. "I think I just went out with a lot of confidence tonight. I'll just say that I have much confidence at home. On the road, I think it's all mental."
Davis said the Tide staff helped him get back on track with his three-point shooting by showing him video clips of made shots and missed shots.
"(Assistant) Coach (John) Brannen and (video coordinator James) Kane showed my some clips of my shots. I just wasn't following through."
Tide Coach Anthony Grant couldn't have been happier for Davis.
"It's great to see Charvez on the offensive end step up and make some shots and open things up," said Grant. "We believe that as long as we get good shots, the shots will fall. Happy to see Charvez shoot the ball like he did today. It opened up things for (Green)."
As could be expected, Green was glad to see his fellow Montgomery native shake off his slump. "It helps a lot to get teams out of the zone," he said. "It opens up a lot of things when they have to concentrate on the two of us."
Added Bulldogs Coach Mark Fox, ""(Davis) shot the ball well. "We knew going on he was the one guy on their team that was a proven shooter."
NOTES: Prior their final regular season (and perhaps ever) home game, seniors Davis, Senario Hillman (3 points, two boards), Chris Hines (2 points, three rebounds) and Justin Luquire were honored. Hillman started in place of sophomore Tony Mitchell, while Hines and Davis drew their usual starts.
The start was the 12th of the season for Hillman, but first since Jan. 3, and the 67th of his four-year career at UA.
UGA is the 16th opponent this season to score less than 30 points in the first half against UA. UGA's 21 points were its fewest in any half of play this season and are tied for the second fewest by an opponent in the first half against UA and the fewest in SEC play with South Carolina.
Alabama converted on all four of its "old fashioned" three-point play opportunities in the contest. The Tide is 43-of-59 on three-point play chances this season.
Recruits were in the house in at least two different sports. Seniors Levi Randolph of Madison's Bob Jones High and Rodney Cooper of Russell County High both signed with the Tide in the fall, and were on hand to see the game and hang out with his future teammates.
Additionally, there were football prospects present as part of Alabama's third and final Junior day. Names on that list included a few top out of state prospects like Chris Black, a wide receiver Jacksonville, Fla., and defensive end Jordan Jenkins from Harris County High School in Hamilton, Ga. According to Andrew Bone, Black may rank as the No. 1 recruit in the Sunshine State while Jenkins is No. 1 in Georgia. Two other names of note: safety Landon Collins from Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La., and offensive guard Brandon Greene from Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Ga
The unicycle team from Guin Elementary school in Tuscaloosa County entertained the crowd at halftime, some even scoring baskets while pedaling.
It was good to see long-time Tide assistant Phillip Pearson briefly in the media room before the game. Pearson is now in his second season in Athens on Fox's staff.
Alabama finished the season unbeaten (16-0) at home, and has now won 17 straight at Coleman Coliseum… UA's last home loss to UGA came on Feb. 18, 2003.
Maybe it's just me, but Georgia's Fox reminds me of TBS NBA announcer Ernie Johnson, Jr
A quick follow up on two prospects profiled earlier this week by FNL: Senior Trevor Lacey scored 13 points Friday night to lead his Butler team over Anniston for the 4A title, and 6-9 sophomore Jimmie Taylor had had 15 points, 13 rebounds, and nine blocks as Greensboro won the 3A title Saturday.
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