Nov. 17, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama Men’s basketball team travels to the U.S. Virgin Islands this week to take part in the 11th annual Paradise Jam basketball Tournament. The Tide visits St. Thomas for the second time in the tournament's history after coming away as the event's champion in 2006.
During that visit, the team won the tournament with a 63-56 win over Xavier. Interestingly enough, the Musketeers are a potential second-round opponent of the Tide this season.
On the way to the eventual championship game. the Tide handled Middle Tennessee State, 71-62. The Crimson Tide was led in scoring that game by Ronald Steele with 20 points. Steele would end up being named to the all-tournament team for his efforts over three games.
In the second-round game Alabama beat Iowa, 72-60. Iowa, like Xavier is also back in the 2010 field and is a potential second-round foe again this season. Alonzo Gee led the team in scoring with 21 points and Jermareo Davidson contributed a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
In the title game, Alabama used defense in the first half to jump out to one point halftime lead. The Tide held Xavier to 32.4 percent shooting and 21.4 percent from behind the arc in the first half.
The Musketeers came back strong to start the second half, grabbing a five point lead with 11:59 remaining in the game. That spurred an 18-2 Alabama run to give the Tide a 62-51 lead with just 3:25 left on the clock. Xavier would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way as the Tide claimed the 63-56 victory.
Mykal Riley posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Davidson recorded his second double-double of the tournament with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Alonzo Gee was also on the all-tournament squad and voted the event's MVP for averaging 15.3 points over three games.
Coincidentally, Alabama's current head coach Anthony Grant was also in the event that year with his first VCU team. Grant's squad defeated College of Charleston and lost to Xavier and Toledo that season.
Alabama's 2010 team will look to repeat the 2006 squad's success on Friday, Nov. 19 when it takes on Seton Hall at 5 p.m. CST. The team comes into the tournament with a 2-0 record with victories coming over Florida A&M and Troy.