Intra-Squad Game Intense

The Crimson team won 79-78 in a wild double-overtime finish, and the competitiveness and intensity was in mid-season form for both squads in Alabama's Crimson and White intra-squad scrimmage Saturday night in Coleman Coliseum.

The teams were split evenly, with front-court starters Chuck Davis and Jermareo Davidson on the Crimson squad, along with Evan Brock, LaKory Daniels, Jean Felix, Adam Hall, Glen Miles and Al Weber. The Crimson squad coached by Tom Asbury and Demetrius Smith.

Earnest Shelton, Kennedy Winston and Ronald Steele highlighted the White squad, along with Akini Adkins, Brandon Davis, Justin Jonus, Shawn Taylor and Lucky Williams. The White squad was coached by Phillip Pearson and Orlando Early.

Davis scored the first four points of the second overtime, giving the Crimson squad a 79-75 lead, but the White squad pulled within a point on Earnest Shelton's 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds remaining. The White squad got the ball back when Crimson failed to inbound the ball, but the White squad could not convert.

Alabama Head Coach Mark Gottfried, who observed the game at the scorer's table, was visibly pleased with his team's effort.

"It was good the way it ended up being a great game because the teams were evenly matched," Gottfried said. "We haven't done a lot of last-second stuff. We'll learn a lot when we watch the tape about our younger players."

Davis led all scorers with 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting, and added nine rebounds. Shelton had 25 points (10-of-20), five assists and three rebounds.

"It was a lot of fun," Shelton said. "We got out there and got after it good. We didn't want to mess around."

Ron Steele, the freshman from John Carroll, finished the game with 9 points and 8 assists and drew high marks on his play from his teammates. Steele also had four turnovers, and played 44 minutes, more than any player from either side.

"I think he played great in his first time out there," Shelton said. "If we had knocked a couple of more shots down he would have gotten 10 (assists). He ran our team and he almost ran us to a victory."

Said Davis, "I don't think he made a mistake all night that I could see."

The teams battled to a 69-69 draw at the end of regulation, and Gottfried ordered a three-minute overtime period. Neither team led by more than two points in the first overtime, and after a 75-75 score first extra period Gottfried ordered a two-minute second overtime which finally decided the game.

Freshman Al Weber scored 15 points for the Crimson team shooting 5-of-10 from the field (4-of-6 three-pointers). Jermareo Davidson scored 14 and Jean Felix scored 11 for the Crimson team and added a game-high eight rebounds. LaKory Daniels had six, Evan Brock had four and walk-on former UA swimmer Adam Hall had two points for the Crimson.

In addition to Shelton, two players were in double figures: Kennedy Winston had 19 points and Akini Adkins had 13. Justin Jonus had eight points and Shawn Taylor had four.


Kennedy Winston, who had arthroscopic surgery in June, said his knee held up well in 36 minutes of play. "It felt pretty good. There hasn't been swelling or anything like that," he said.

Mark Gottfried's on-the-fly overtime rules called for a two-minute second overtime with no added timeouts for either team (each had used their allotment), adding some humor (and perhaps controversy) to the game's end.

After Shelton's three-pointer with 5.3 seconds remaining the White bench immediately signaled for a timeout it did not have. No technical foul was assessed and the Crimson squad was told to inbound the ball. But after having trouble finding an open man, Evan Brock signaled for a timeout for the Crimson squad. Officials awarded the ball back to the White team for a the game's last possession.

Chuck Davis termed the reason for the intensity in the game. "It's a game for bragging rights," he said. "It's one of the biggest games of the year because we can talk about it until we play each other again."

The winner of the halftime costume contest was a man dressed as a referee… he was wearing sunglasses and carrying a walking stick. The blind ref costume wasn't original, but was well-executed.

The announced attendance for the game was 2,300.

Sitting next to Gottfried taking in the action at Saturday night's game was Athens High star and recent Alabama basketball verbal commit Richard Hendrix.

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