Alabama defeated Detroit 62-54 in basketball action. The Alabama Crimson Tide basketball team improved to 8-2 on the season with Sunday’s victory.
Alabama head basketball coach Anthony Grant said, “Obviously it’s good to be back in the win column. I thought tonight we came out with great energy and great focus. I think the first half, from a defensive stand point, was exactly what we needed. Going against a team as talented as Detroit was, coming off two great wins, we knew how they would come in and we had to do a great job on the defensive end. I thought our guys were really focused to start the game.”
On Tony’s dunks and Alley-oops tonight:
“Tony’s play above the rim tonight was certainly something I was impressed with and it’s fun to watch when he’s able to make those highlight plays. It definitely gets our team and the crowd more involved in the game.”
On the players focusing on every game, and every play to be successful:
“Well, we consistently play four freshmen, so this is their first time going through everything. Obviously we also have some veterans but for four of our top seven, this is their first time going through it. So what we have to learn is about the focus and intensity that you need to bring every game, every possession and every half just to understand what it takes to be successful at this level. I think with every game there is a lesson that we can take from it. Tonight there were some lessons that we were trying to get across to the guys so they can see what it’s all about and what it takes. Not only the young guys but the veterans as well. The challenge now is how we grow from this. Where do we go next in terms of willingness to be on the same page and understanding that you have to value the ultimate goal; to win.”