Alabama tops No. 4 Baylor; 3rd win over '21 Final Four team
APTOPIX Baylor Alabama Basketball Alabama guard Keon Ellis (14) dunks against Baylor during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt) (Vasha Hunt)TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — (AP) — Jaden Shackelford scored 19 points and had nine rebounds as Alabama toppled No. Along with the defending champion Bears, the Crimson Tide knocked off then-No. The Crimson Tide led by four points with under three minutes to play, then freshman J.D. Jahvon Quinerly scored 20 points for Alabama, Juwan Gary had 15 and Keon Ellis 11. The Crimson Tide limited its 3-point shooting against Baylor, hitting 7 of 21.wftv.com
No. 6 Alabama adds another SEC title, edges LSU at tourney
Alabama players celebrate after beating LSU in the championship game of the NCAA college basketball Southeastern Conference Tournament Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Alabama won 80-79. 6 Alabama won the Southeastern Conference Tournament for the first time since 1991, holding off a late flurry to edge LSU 80-79 Sunday. Alabama, the reigning national champions in football, won its seventh tournament title overall, second in the SEC only to Kentucky's 31. Alabama did it by adding two more SEC titles in basketball after Nick Saban's squad won both the SEC and national championships a couple months ago. About 20 minutes before tip-off, Alabama and LSU players had to be separated at midcourt.
Down 15, No. 6 Alabama rallies past Tennessee in SEC semis
6 Alabama rallied from a big deficit in the final 17 minutes to beat Tennessee 73-68 Saturday in the SEC Tournament semifinals. The Volunteers trailed 69-68 when Davonte Gaines missed two foul shots with 25 seconds left. Yves Pons’ 3-pointer got Tennessee within 69-68 with 41.4 seconds left, but Quinerly added two free throws and Ellis two more with 3.7 seconds left to seal a tense game. Alabama: The Crimson Tide have thrived from long distance all season and weren’t about to change, even without Primo. It didn’t start well but ended better as Ellis hit a big 3 to help the Tide finish 7 of 28.
No. 6 Alabama holds off Mississippi State 64-59 to win SEC
– Jaden Shackleford scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half, and No. 6 Alabama beat Mississippi State 64-59 on Saturday night to clinch its first Southeastern Conference regular-season championship since 2002. Mississippi State: The Bulldogs had plenty of good looks in the first half that just didn’t fall. The second half began much better and they were able to get close, but couldn’t get that one key basket or stop Alabama on the glass. Mississippi State visits Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
Shackelford's 27 helps No. 8 Alabama hold off Vandy, 82-78
The result was familiar, if not the methodology: another Crimson Tide win. 8 Alabama came from behind to beat Vanderbilt 82-78 Saturday and move a step closer to a Southeastern Conference championship. Quinerly scored 15 points for the Tide, who made just 10 of 39 3-point attempts (25.6%). Alex Reese scored 10 points while Keon Ellis had eight points and nine rebounds, including a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left. Alabama overcame low scoring from Petty (six points) and Herb Jones (eight before fouling out).
No. 18 Missouri holds off frantic rally, tops No. 10 Alabama
Dru Smith and Missouri built a 22-point lead in the second half, then held off a frantic rally by the Crimson Tide for a 68-65 victory on Saturday. AdThe Crimson Tide had one last chance to tie it, but Jaden Shackelford’s contested 3-pointer at the buzzer missed. Shackelford scored 15 to lead Alabama (15-5, 10-1 SEC), whose first conference loss was almost an incredible comeback victory. Alabama is a volume 3-point shooting team, and when the Crimson Tide missed, Missouri started fast breaks with long rebounds. AdUP NEXTAlabama: The Crimson Tide travel to South Carolina on Tuesday.
Harmon scores 18; No. 24 Oklahoma tops No. 9 Alabama
De'Vion Harmon scored 18 points to help No. I thought these guys (Oklahoma), they play hard to begin with, and then when they’re down two starters, they really bought in. “Anytime you can win a game like that is big from a resume standpoint, big from a confidence standpoint, momentum. A pair of free throws by Keon Ellis gave Alabama a 60-59 lead with just under four minutes to play. Alabama could take a significant hit with this loss, especially given the players Oklahoma was missing.
Saying goodbye to sports ... for now
The former Leesburg High School basketball standout, who led Florida SouthWestern State College to a No. In addition to his newest offers, Ellis had already received offers from the Alabama, Fresno State and Middle Tennessee State. Leesburg legend passes onJack Mitchell, a longtime advocate for area youth sports and supporter of sports at Leesburg High School, passed away earlier this month after battling Alzheimers disease. Mitchell was a longtime broadcaster at WLBE radio, where he called countless Leesburg High School football, basketball and baseball games. "He loved sports and he came to every game road or away when I was a pitcher at Leesburg.dailycommercial.com
Next Level: Ellis leads Buccaneers into NJCAA tournament
Ellis led the Buccaneers to an undefeated regular season in NJCAA Region VIII. In that game, Ellis had a game-high 23 points and also ripped down eight rebounds. Once the Buccaneers tournament run ends, Ellis career at FSW will come to an end. He set a school record earlier this year with 42 points and has scored at least 32 points on six occasions. Bryant Heston, Mount Dora, Lake-Sumter State CollegeBryant Heston had solid freshman season in 2019 for the Lake-Sumter State College baseball team.dailycommercial.com
Next Level: Ellis play on hardwood earns offer from Alabama
This weeks Next Level looks at former local standouts Keon Ellis, Kari Niblack and Leea HanksKeon Ellis hard work is paying off. The former Leesburg High School basketball standout has spent the last two seasons developing his game at Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers. Ellis announced recently on his Facebook that he has received an offer from the University of Alabama. Leea Hanks, Eustis, University of Note DameBy all accounts, Leea Hanks college debut weekend was a success. In her senior season, Hanks hit .625 with five homers, 39 RBIs, and had 28 stolen bases in as many attempts.dailycommercial.com
Next Level: Ellis taking charge at Florida SouthWestern State College
The former Leesburg High School standout, now a sophomore at Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers, is averaging 22 points in his last six games. He scored 34 points in a 96-69 win on Jan. 15 against State College of Florida and poured in 29 points on Saturday in a 94-71 win over Hillsborough Community College. Next up for FSW is State College of Florida at 4 p.m. Saturday in Bradenton. Last year at Bethune-Cookman University, he averaged 21.9 points and 9.7 rebounds and scored in double digits as a freshman and sophomore at Daytona State College. Perry, who also played at Leesburg during her high-school career, started her college career at Tallahassee Community College.dailycommercial.com