Alabama All-Stars Swept By Mississippi Again
PELHAM – St. Stansilaus senior Daniel Grieves went on a scoring spree in the second half and sparked Mississippi to a come-from-behind 85-74 victory over the Alabama All-Stars in the 21st annual Alabama-Mississippi Basketball All-Star Classic here at Pelham Civic Complex Friday night. It gave Mississippi a sweep for the second straight year.
The 6-foot-6 Air Force Academy signee led all scorers with 21 points – 11 coming in a four-minute span that turned a 52-45 deficit into a 64-62 lead. Grieves was 4-of-4 on 3-pointers in that stretch. He finished 5-of-9 from the 3-point line but missed his final three attempts after the damage had been done. He also handed out four assists, including a spectacular behind-the-back pass to teammate Jarvis Summer of Provine that led to a powerful dunk.
Alabama MVP Ricky Tarrant of Pleasant Grove had 15 points. He was 7-of-8 at the foul line and also had a team-high three assists. Charles Eaton of Selma added 16 points and REggie Spencer of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa finished with nine points and eight rebounds.
Alabama, coached by Hillcrest’s Scott Suttles and Pickens County’s Russ Wallace, stayed closed despite a height disadvantage that was magnified by the absence of William Truss, the 6-8 Vestavia Hills center who did not get to play after aggravating an old injury Thursday.
Alabama won the rebound battle 49-46. Roquez Johnson of Carver-Montgomery, who scored nine points, cleared five rebounds and a game-high four blocked shots.
Mississippi also got 15 points from Deville Smith of Calloway and 11 from Vicksburg’s Mychal Ammons and now leads the series 11-10. The Classic began in 1991 with the first 10 played on a rotating basis in Florence at the University of North Alabama and near Jackson, MS, at Hinds Junior College.
PELHAM – Mississippi’s All-Stars outscored Alabama 13-2 in the final four minutes Friday night to win the 21st annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic girls basketball game 73-60 at Pelham Civic Complex.
Alabama trailed 60-58 when the visitors started the final streak that sealed the second All-Star Classic win in a row for Mississippi
Richland senior Kendra Grant paced the Mississippi win with 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists to earn MVP honors. She was also 4-of-5 at the foul line.
Alabama’s All-Stars, coached by R.A. Hubbard’s Nicholas Vinson and Madison Academy’s Brian Privett, led 30-25 at the half, thanks in part to a strong inside presence of Central-Phenix City post players Monique Jackson and Kristi Mokube. The 6-foot Jackson, who is heading to Ole Miss next season, earned MVP honors for her team with a game-high 17 points and 12 rebounds. She was 7-of-12 from the field. Mokube added 10 rebounds and four points.
Pashen Thompson of Meridian’s Southeast Lauderdale also had 13 points with a strong finish in the final minutes. Krista Donald, a Georgia signee from Lake, MS, also had eight points.
Carroll-Ozark’s Tia Faleru, another Ole Miss recruit, added nine points and seven rebounds for Alabama. Sharin Rivers of Sparkman also scored seven points and handed out three assists.
The victory was Mississippi’s second straight for the first time since 2005 and 2006. Alabama, which won in 2007, 2008 and 2009, still leads the series, 11 wins to 10, however.