Wednesday, November 09, 2005
MOBILE - Mark Gottfried took his No. 15 ranked team to Mobile in a mission that was two-fold: primarily it was to help raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina along his hometown area of the Gulf Coast. And it also gave his University of Alabama basketball team a chance for one final warm up before it plays its season opener Tuesday, November 15 in Tuscaloosa against Miami-Ohio in the preseason NIT.
Alabama was one of four teams that participataed in the "Coaches vs. Katrina" basketball doubleheader Wednesday night at the University of South Alabama's Mitchell Center. South Alabama defeated the University of Mobile in the first game and Alabama was a 85-64 winner against Spring Hill College. The event raised around $80,000 for the Salvation Army to use for area hurricane victims.
All 12 of Alabama's players played in the exhibition game that will not count toward Alabama's record. At one point Alabama had four freshmen on the floor, Richard Hendrix, Yamene Coleman, Alonzo Gee and point guard Brandon Hollinger along with senior forward Evan Brock. It was a sophomore, however, point guard Ronald Steele who led the game and the win with 19 points. Steele was 6 of 9 from the field, making 4 of 6 from 3-point range in his 24 minutes on the floor. Gee scored 15 points, connecting on 5 of 11 from the field, one of those a 3-point shot. Hendrix scored 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting, center Jermareo Davidson scored 12 points and Chuck Davis scored 10 points in just 12 minutes on the floor.
Davidson had nine rebounds to lead the Tide. Hendrix was next with six and Coleman and Davis had five.
Spring Hill was led by Krisner Green's 14 points, and 12 from both Noah Woolridge and Jeremy Price. Barkley Falkner had 10 points.
All-SEC point guard Ronald Steele shares cookies and laughs with students at Alba Middle School.
All-SEC senior forward Chuck Davis got an archery lesson from an Alba Middle School student.
Ronald Steele, far left, manager Keedrick Keith, student athletic trainer Matt Smith and head coach Mark Gottfried, far right, stand amid ruins of a home destroyed by the hurricane and its tidal surge.