Montevallo gives Crimson Tide scare in exhibition

Montevallo senior Troran Brown paced all players with 24 points, five assists and four steals in an exhibition contest against Alabama on Nov. 10. (Reporter Photo/Drew Granthum)

Montevallo senior Troran Brown paced all players with 24 points, five assists and four steals in an exhibition contest against Alabama on Nov. 10. (Reporter Photo/Drew Granthum)

By DREW GRANTHUM/Sports Editor

TUSCALOOSA — The scoreboard doesn’t show it, but the Montevallo Falcons gave the University of Alabama Crimson Tide all they could handle in an 81-67 loss in Coleman Coliseum on Nov. 10.

It didn’t start out pretty for the Falcons, as the Crimson Tide opened up a 13-2 lead early in the first half. The Falcons countered with a 10-2 run, led by Ibrahim Johnson’s six points. Montevallo cut the lead to 15-14 on a pair of Troran Brown free throws, but the Crimson Tide quickly opened a 21-14 lead.

Up 23-17, Alabama extended its lead to 26-17 on a Dakota Slaughter three-pointer before Montevallo went on an offensive run. Brown’s three-pointer kicked off the run and added another two on a breakaway layup to cut the lead to 26-22.

After another Alabama run extended the lead to 35-22, the Falcons began to once again chisel away at the lead. Shykeem Jackson drilled back-to-back threes to slice into the Crimson Tide lead, and after basket by the home squad, Brown once again sank a three to cut the lead to 37-31 late in the half. A 4-2 Alabama run followed, and the Crimson Tide took a 41-33 lead into the half.

Alabama maintained a 10-point lead early in the second half, until the Montevallo shooters began to get hot. Brown pulled up for another three as Johnson and Malik Fields added a basket apiece to cut the lead to 46-43 in favor of Alabama.

Again Alabama tried to put Montevallo away and again the Falcons refused to go quietly. After Ryan May brought the Falcons to within three at 49-46, Slaughter and Justin Coleman, along with Levi Randolph and Riley Morris boosted the Tide to a 59-48 lead.

May responded with back-to-back threes and Fields added a bucket as the Tide began to take to the charity stripe to extend their lead to 66-59.

Larry Slaughter cut the lead to 66-60 with a free throw, and the Falcons began to turn up the heat on the home team.

A Brown three-pointer cut the lead to three with 2:17 left in the contest, but the Tide made use of the free throw line down the stretch to take a 81-67 win.

Brown paced all players with 24 points, five assists and four steals, while May had 12 and Jackson had eight.

The Falcons now move on to a road trip in Puerto Rico to start the 2014-2015 regular season.