TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Jaden Shackelford scored 20 points as No. 14, Alabama beat Oakland 86-59 Friday night, giving …
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Jaden Shackelford scored 20 points as No. 14 Alabama beat Oakland 86-59 Friday night, giving Crimson Tide its first 4-0 start since the 2017-18 season.
Shackelford added five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and scored his 1,000. career point.
“I think he was really locked inside, playing hard at both ends of the floor,” Alabama coach Nate Oats said. “I say to our boys: Lose yourself in the game, play hard, and offensively will come, and that’s what happened to him tonight.”
Jahvon Quinerly had 19 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals for Alabama. Quinerly and Shackelford combined for 13 of Alabama’s first 21 points in a race that gave Crimson Tide an eight-point lead in the first 9 minutes of the game.
Jamal Cain led all goal scorers with 31 points and made 10 of his 23 shots from the field to the Grizzlies (2-2) and nine of his 11 penalty throws. He also had 10 rebounds and three steals, but little support from his teammates as Cain made more than half of Oakland’s 19 field goals.
“He’s a really good basketball player,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. “I think they were really ready for us tonight. I’ve known Nate (Oats) for a long time, there’s a relationship there and he knows everything about Oakland basketball. They were ready and hey played a really good basketball game. “I’m not sorry at all.”
Alabama put the game away with 11 unanswered points near midway through the second half, four of which came from Darius Miles, who finished with seven. Quinerly added a 3-pointer to the stretch.
“They can score it in so many places and the way they split the ball and move the ball,” Kampe said. “I attribute it to coaching. I just think Nate has done a (damn) job and he has players to buy in, they’re selfless and they share the ball. They catch what they’re on the move and they do not seek to score, they seek to pass, they seek to get the next man a better shot. “
Alabama freshman Charles Bediako scored 12 points and JD Davison had 10 points and seven rebounds.
“You saw (Davison) fight for rebounds,” Oats said. “When he plays hard and flies around, he looks good. He attacks the rim, we come out in the transition, the better he gets to look.
“The team has had 19 blocks in the last two games and Charles has had eight of them.”
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Alabama, who need one more win to match their 5-0 start from the 2017-18 season, beat Oakland despite only 10 of its 36 3-point attempts (27.8%) and relying on a +16 rebounds margin, 17 offensive rebounds and 12 second chance points. That helped Crimson Tide continue its warm start to the season.
Oats said of the 3-pointers: “We only made 10 of them, but I think the fact that we take as many as we take can spread it out enough that we can get the ball in the paint. “
Alabama: Takes to the ESPN Events Invitational in Orlando, Florida, and plays against Iona on Thursday.
Oakland: Travels to the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Florida, and plays Vermont on Monday. ___
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