Cincinnati, OH – Xavier cruised past Alabama 97-84, snapping their two game losing streak. Xavier played with tons of energy and passion throughout the game. The Musketeers used their athleticism, length, and sharp shooting to control the game.
Sophomore guard Myles Davis led the Musketeers in scoring with eighteen points. Davis is a pure shooter, he can make shots from anywhere on the floor in a variety of ways. He can catch and shoot or shoot off of the dribble. Davis shot the ball very well against Alabama, hitting on 4-of-6 three pointers. He also showed the ability to put the ball on the floor and score at the basket.
Xavier’s big men also had a great impact on the game. Jalen Reynolds is an athletic 6’10 forward that moves around the court very well. Reynolds impacted the game by playing good hard defense all over the floor. He applied full court hounding defense much of the night. Reynolds is strong and long, runs the floor very well and finishes at the rim with authority. As a sophomore his game is still raw, but he is very talented and should have a very bright future. Reynolds finished the game with twelve points, seven rebounds, and a block.
Senior center Matt Stainbrook pitched in with ten points. Stainbrook is a big load to handle, at 6’10 and 270 pounds he helped get Alabama into foul trouble early in the second half. Xavier started the second half by constantly feeding Stainbrook in the post. Although he didn’t always score he began to rack up fouls against Alabama’s bigs, and got the Crimson Tide in the penalty early. When Stainbrook catch the ball near the basket, it’s hard for opponents to stop him from getting a shot up. He’s not very athletic, but he uses his big frame to get into good position.
Alabama’s junior point guard Ricky Tarrant was a bright spot for the Crimson Tide in a losing effort. Tarrant is a crafty, and creative point guard. He is very physical, he looks for contact when he attacks the basket. He is a good shooter as he shot the ball well from deep hitting on 4-of-8 three pointers. Tarrant is a very skilled point guard, he does many things at a high level. He scored a game high 23 points. Xavier improved their record to 6-2 with the win, while Alabama falls to 5-2 with the loss.
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