Short-handed Alabama basketball wraps up Canadian tour with 81-71 victory at Ottawa

The University of Alabama men’s basketball team limped to the end of its three-game exhibition tour of Canada with a 81-71 victory at Ottawa on Thursday evening.

Led by junior guard Avery Johnson Jr.’s 15 points, Alabama had six players finish in double digits in scoring.

Sophomore forward Braxton Key had 12 points and nine rebounds, while senior guard/forward Riley Norris nearly matched him with 12 and 9, respectively. Freshman guard John Petty and junior forward Donta Hall both had had 11 points and eight rebounds, while senior guard Ar’Mond Davis netted 10.

Alabama was playing shorthanded as freshman guard Collin Sexton was held out after having an injury scare against Carleton on Wednesday night, along with freshman guard Herb Jones (concussion protocol) and sophomore guard Dazon Ingram (foot).

Petty took a hard hit and landed on his shoulder in the third quarter. He was pulled, but returned in the fourth quarter.

The game followed the same theme as the first two games of the tour, with Alabama falling behind early and the Canadian team continually launching numerous 3-point shots. In this case, the Gee-Gees jumped out ahead 10-4, and hit four early shots from beyond the arc.

But with Key scoring 11 of his points in the first quarter, the Crimson Tide quickly came back. A 12-3 run in the second quarter led to a 40-34 halftime lead, and Alabama pulled away in the second quarter.

The undersized Gee Gees shot just 22.9 percent from 3-point range, making 8 of 35 attempts. Alabama was credited with a 54-42 edge in rebounds.

Alabama had a different starting lineup for each game, Thursday’s being Daniel Giddens, Petty, Johnson, Alex Reese and Key.

The game was played using FIBA rules with 10-minute quarters and a 24-second shot clock. Alabama went 2-1 in Canada, the lone loss coming to the reining national champion Carleton.

This story will be updated Thursday night. 

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