Jonus Leads White Team with 34 Points in UA Scrimmage


Thursday, November 03, 2005

Justin Jonus

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Coach Mark Gottfried’s 14th ranked Alabama basketball team entertained fans in its Crimson and White game Thursday night. The White team, led by sophomore guard Justin Jonus, defeated the Crimson team 98-73 in front of a capacity crowd of 875 in the back gym of Coleman Coliseum.

Jonus sparked the White team to victory on offense, leading all players with 34 points. He connected on 12 of 16 shots from the field, including an 8 for 9 night behind the three-point arch.

“I just kept shooting the ball,” said Jonus, a sophomore guard from Boaz. “I tried to do what I’ve been doing in practice. I stayed positive and proved what I can do in front of a crowd.”

Senior All-Southeastern Conference forward Chuck Davis led the White team inside, going 9 for 12 from the field for 25 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, including 10 on defense. Sophomore guard Brandon Davis led all Crimson Tide players with nine assists. Jermareo Davidson (13 points/8 rebounds) and Jean Felix (14 points) also scored in double figures for the White team.

Sophomore All-SEC point guard Ronald Steele led the Crimson team with 28 points. He went 10 for 16 from the field and shot 50% from 3-point range. Freshman forward Alonzo Gee led the team with eight rebounds. Gee, along with senior Evan Brock and last year’s Mr. Basketball in the state of Alabama, freshman Richard Hendrix, scored in double figures for the Red team.

“It’s exciting to be out here,” said Steele. “We did some good things, but we did a lot of things that weren’t good. In our league, those things will get you beat.”

“Obviously, a couple of guys offensively stood out,” said Gottfried. “Justin Jonus was making a lot of shots. Chuck Davis was really good. Defensively we’re not nearly where we want to be. That’s probably the first thing that jumps out at me. We have got to pay attention to detail more defensively. I think tonight they kind of turned it into an offense, kind of back and forth and we’ve got to get that corrected before we play for real.
“Jonus has the ability to make shots. When you have an inside game like we do with Davis, Davidson, Richard and Yamene Coleman, I think a guy like Justin kind of opens things up.”

Alabama takes the court again in exhibition play Wednesday, November 9 in Mobile for the “Coaches vs. Katrina Benefit Basketball Exhibition Double Header.” The Tide will take on Spring Hill College at approximately 7:15 p.m. at the University of South Alabama’s Mitchell Center. Bama returns to Tuscaloosa on Tuesday, November 15 when they host a Preseason NIT against the Miami-Ohio Redhawks at 7 p.m. CT in Coleman Coliseum.