Bama Beats Bahamas Club Team

NASSAU -- For the second straight game, junior guard Earnest Shelton led the University of Alabama, scoring 38 points in the Crimson Tide's 110-84 win Wednesday night here against the Real Deal Shockers, a club team from the Bahamas.

Alabama is now 3-0 on its five game tour in Nassau and is averaging 107 points a game. Shelton is averaging 31 points after three games.

"They were a scrappy team, but that was good for us," said Alabama coach Mark Gottfried whose team at one point in the second half had been called for 11 fouls to just two for its opponent and had four players foul out and another two with four fouls with almost five minutes still to go in the game.

"We got into some foul trouble and other guys had to play a lot of minutes. But they gave us a good challenge. As far as the big picture, tonight shows we still have got to get better in a lot of areas, rebounding and our foul shooting in particular. But overall, this team we played tonight made us play. They challenged us."

Alabama, which took ten players on the tour, sat sophomore forward Kennedy Winston out of Wednesday night's game. His left knee was still sore after he hyper-extended it in a Monday night game here against the Bahamas Senior National team.

"Kennedy could have played tonight, but because this is exhibition, there's no real urgency for us to put him in and risk anything. It also gave some other guys some minutes, and that's what we need. I think he'll probably play on Friday night. He'll be fine."

Shelton led the game with 38 points, seven of those coming from 3-point range where he made 16 attempts. Overall he was 14 of 25 from the field for 56%. Emmett Thomas, who fouled out of the game with 4:40 remaining, scored 21 points and led Alabama and the game with 11 rebounds. Demetrius Smith came off the bench and scored 16, ten of those in the second half despite having four fouls by the 6:22 mark in the final period.

Thomas, Reggie Rambo, Lucky Williams and Antoine Pettway all fouled out of the game with Williams exiting in the final minute of the third period and Pettway following soon after with 8:15 still remaining in the game which played by international FIBA rules which use four ten minute periods.

As a team, Alabama shot 51.9 percent, making 40 of 77 from the field, 14 of 29 from 3-point range and 16 of 29 from the foul line.

Alabama plays another club team from the Bahamas islands late Friday night then concludes the tour on Saturday night against the Senior National Team.

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