By Kyle Murphy, UA Media Relations
The 2006-2007 Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball team, ranked No. 12 in the country, took to the court for the first time this season in the Crimson-White Game Monday night.
Head coach Mark Gottfried divided his players into two teams for two 24 minute contests. The teams changed for the second game so the coaching staff could see a variety of playing combinations.
The Crimson Team went 2-for-2 tonight, defeating the White Team 64-41 in Game 1 and posting a 47-28 win in Game 2.
Led by the shooting of junior Mykal Riley, the Crimson Team defeated the White Team 64-41 in Game 1.
Riley, a transfer from Panola JC in Carthage, Texas, led the Crimson Team with 22 points in the first contest of the evening. He was 9-for-15 from the field including a 4-for-9 night from the three point line. Riley also had five rebounds and a steal.
The Crimson Team also saw big nights out of two freshmen. Yamene Coleman, a redshirt freshman from Boykin, Ala., scored 15 points and was 7-for-8 from the field, playing 22 out of the 24 minutes. Mikhail Torrance, a freshman from Eight Mile, Ala., scored seven points and went 3-for-3 from the field. Torrance also had five assists.
All-America candidate Ronald Steele, the Tide’s starting point guard, scored 13 points and led the Crimson Team with six assists. Steele shot 5-for-7 from the field for the first contest.
“I think we played well,” said Steele. “We’ve got a lot to work on, especially by Saturday, but I think everybody is playing hard. The young guys did good. It was an overall good scrimmage.”
The White Team was led by sophomore Alonzo Gee in Game 1. Gee scored 16 points and was 8-for-9 from the free throw line. He also led the White Team with a block and two steals.
Another Crimson Tide All-America candidate, senior Jermareo Davidson, also scored in double figures for the White Team. Davidson finished the game with 12 points. He was 6-for-14 from the field.
The Crimson Team included Riley, Coleman, Torrance, Steele, freshman Greg Cage, freshman Avery Jukes and sophomore Richard Hendrix.
The White Team included Gee, Davidson, sophomore Brandon Hollinger, freshman Justin Tubbs, junior Kyle Sellers, freshman Verice Cloyd, freshman Demetrius Jemison and junior John Dill.
After a brief intermission, teams were changed and the Crimson Tide took the court for Game 2. The Crimson Team, led by Davidson and Hollinger, defeated the White Team 47-28.
Davidson once again scored 12 points. This contest, he was 5-for-7 from the field and a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line. He also led the team with five rebounds.
Hollinger also scored in double figures in Game 2. The sophomore from Mobile had 11 points and was 5-for-7 from the field.
Steele finished Game 2 with four points and led the team with eight assists and six steals.
Jemison led the White Team with 10 points. He was 4-for-5 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Mikhail Torrance contributed eight points for the White Team.
The Crimson Team included Riley, Hollinger, Gee, Steele, Davidson, Coleman and Hendrix.
The White Team included Torrance, Tubbs, Sellers, Cloyd, Cage, Jemison, Jukes and Dill.
“With our young players, development is a process that may last a while,” said Gottfried. “Different players will play well on different days and that’s already what has happened to us in practice. One day it’s one player and the next day it’s somebody else, just like tonight with Mykal Riley.”
Alabama will host its final exhibition of the season this Saturday at 5 p.m. The Tide will host Montevallo. The 2006-2007 regular season begins Friday, November 10 when Alabama takes on Jackson State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum.