This past weekend, the University of Alabama’s Men’s wheelchair basketball team traveled to Champaign, Illinois, to compete in a tournament hosted by the University of Illinois. Alabama (13-6) split the weekend series, 2-2. While the results may not be exactly what the Crimson Tide wanted, they did see some positives moving forward.
“We found our edge this weekend,” Freshman Michael Auprince said. “As a team, we found us as a whole, rather than worry about the external factors. We got back to the basics and played Alabama basketball. We put ourselves in a great position for success moving forward… and other teams should be scared. On day one, Alabama started off the tournament with a win, defeating Edinboro 51-34. After falling behind at the very beginning, the Crimson Tide recovered, scoring eight straight points and taking the lead with 16:11 left in the first half. After that mark, they never lost the lead again. Alabama outrebounded the Fighting Scots 32-19, which played a huge factor in the win.
However, game two played out differently this time against Missouri. The Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 45-39, led by Marshall Lindsay’s 14 points. For Alabama, the loss did have a bright spot. Junior DQ Robinson led the team with 15 points, after missing the previous weekends games due to illness. Along with Robinson, Auprince added 10 points. The weekend did show a different side of the team that was promising, according to Senior Jannik Blair.
“The difference this weekend from the two previous weekends is that we lacked confidence and the ability to finish, overall not looking like ourselves,” Blair said. “This weekend, those moments were few and far between and we in large replaced that with how we play basketball, which we know is good enough to beat anyone in the division.” The Alabama Men are now 15-8 overall and 13-6 in Conference. They are back in action next week on February 26th at 8:00 PM in Foster Auditorium. – Written By Benjamin Clark