Bama Men Take Second at Nationals

The University of Alabama men’s wheelchair basketball team suffered a heartbreaking loss in the national championship game in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, to the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, 73-55. The Crimson Tide (3 seed, 19-10) fought hard, but could not overcome the firepower of the Warhawks (1 seed, 27-0) who captured their third straight national championship with the win.

Junior DQ Robinson led the Crimson Tide with 17 points, followed closely behind by senior Jannik Blair, who had 12. Freshman Michael Auprince, the top scorer for the team, added 10 points in the loss.

“I am very grateful to the program and for everything that it has done for me, and I take solace in the fact that I’ve left it better than I found it,” Blair said of his last game. “Best four years of my life!”

Alabama had previously defeated Southwest Minnesota State University (6 seed) 64-44   in the first round, and then upset second seed Texas-Arlington 73-54 in the semifinal. The team will return to Tuscaloosa on Sunday.