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Alabama Coaches Give All-Stars Rest Heading into Friday’s 29th Classic

    MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s All-Star coaches are banking on hustle and defense when the boys’ and girls’ 12-member teams square off with Mississippi Friday night at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome in the 29th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Games. The girls’ game will tip off at 5 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow at 7.
     “We made it pretty simple,” said Mountain Brook Coach Bucky McMillan, who coaches the Alabama Boys with Carver-Montgomery Coach James “J.J.” Jackson. “We told them we knew they could score. The reason all of them got chosen for the team was because they could score. But the team that wins is the team that plays defense the best.”
      That is the reason, McMillan said Alabama’s All-Stars took the afternoon off from its scheduled practice time. “We wanted to make sure our kids are well rested,” he said. “We are planning a substitution pattern a little different than most all-star games. We are going to substitute five at a time early and let them all show us just how important playing defense to them. The ones who play defense the hardest are the ones that will get the most time on the court.”
      McMillan praised the talent level of the Alabama boys’ squad. The top player, his own 6-foot-9 two-time Mr. Basketball Trendon Watford has taken a leadership role, he said. “Trendon and I talked about his leadership before we got here,” said McMillan. “He knows what it took for us to win three state championships, and he has been setting a good example for the rest.”
       He said the players had a good first hour Wednesday but the second hour was just so-so.
       “Thursday morning’s practice session was much, much better,” he said. “We as coaches pointed out to them that at the next level, the players who play defense get more playing time. This game will be a good test for them.”
       Both McMillan and Jackson were outstanding guards in high school. And both have noticed the play of Westminster Christian guard Auston Leslie, a 6-4 left-handed guard who helped his team reached the Class 3A state finals earlier this month. “He has been coached really well from Coach (Ronnie) Stapler,” said McMillan. “He does so many of the little things very well.”
     McMillan also praised the athleticism of LeFlore 6-8 forward DeAntoni Gordon, the guard play of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Jalon Johnson, Brewbaker Tech’s Desmond Williams, and the Wenonah duo of Justin Minter and Cameron Tucker. He also lauded Lee-Montgomery’s 6-8 forward Demond Johnson. Tucker earned Class 5A state tourney MVP for the state champion Dragons.
      “Demond is such an outstanding personality on the team … and keeps everyone loose,” said McMillan.
     Alabama’s All-Star Girls are coached by Hazel Green’s Tim Miller and Cold Springs’ Tammy West. The girls also had solid workouts, and like the boys, took Thursday afternoon off to rest. Among the players on the Alabama girls’ squad is McDonald’s All-America selection River Baldwin of Pleasant Home. The 6-5 center earned South MVP honors at last summer’s North-South All-Star Game. Also anchoring the team are Class 6A state tourney MVP Marisa Snodgrass of Hazel Green, Class 7A state tourney MVP Skyla Knight of Hoover and Auburn signee Annie Hughes of Pisgah, the Class 3A MVP in 2018 and 2019.

     The games are hosted by AHSAA with the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) managing the contests in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC).
            Both games will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network by the AHSAA and MAC and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network.  Stacy Mills is producing the NFHS Network live-stream, Caleb Brooks is producing the Alabama Radio Network broadcast and Chris Saxton is producing the event for Mississippi. Handling play-by-play and color for all three productions are Luke Robinson and Brooks of the AHSAA Radio Network, and Don Barnes of the Mississippi network. To view the NFHS Network subscriber-based livestream, go to
www.nfhsnetwork.com and follow the prompts. The AHSAA Radio Network link can be found at www.ahsaa.com.  Tickets are $10 each, are good for both games and may be purchased on-site at the Acadome.
     The Alabama and Mississippi All-Stars were scheduled to tour the Hyundai Plant Thursday night, followed by dinner at Dreamland BBQ. All four squads will have shoot-arounds at the Acadome Friday morning with Alabama going first from 9 to 10 a.m., and Mississippi following from 10 to 11 a.m.
     The series is knotted at 14-14 for the girls’ and boys’ all-stars. Alabama’s girls won last year in Mississippi 109-96 and the Mississippi boys won 127-90. The Mississippi boys bring a three-game winning streak into Friday’s contest, and Alabama girls’ snapped a two-game winning streak last year with its win in 2018.
      
ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI BASKETBALL CLASSIC SERIES

YEAR BY YEAR HISTORY

GIRLS

YEAR                                      SCORE                         SITE

2018               Alabama 109, Mississippi 96            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2017               Mississippi 93, Alabama 86             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2016               Mississippi 78, Alabama 77             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS     

2015               Alabama 93, Mississippi 87             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2014               Mississippi 95, Alabama 89             Jackson State, Jackson, MS

2013               Alabama 64, Mississippi 54             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2012               Mississippi 94, Alabama 91             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2011               Mississippi 73, Alabama 60             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2010               Mississippi 78, Alabama 56             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2009               Alabama 81, Mississippi 73             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2008               Alabama 89, Mississippi 86 (OT)            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2007               Alabama 90, Mississippi 65             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2006               Mississippi 89, Alabama 80             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2005               Mississippi 101, Alabama 83            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2004               Alabama 114, Mississippi 78            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2003               Mississippi 95, Alabama 82             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2002               Alabama 76, Mississippi 71             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2001               Alabama 87, Mississippi 76             North Alabama, Florence, AL

2000               Mississippi 87, Alabama 82             Holmes CC, Goodman, MS

1999               Alabama 95, Mississippi 85             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1998               Alabama 105, Mississippi 84            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1997               Alabama 60, Mississippi 54             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1996               Mississippi 88, Alabama 72             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1995               Alabama 80, Mississippi 77             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1994               Mississippi 92, Alabama 84             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1993               Alabama 73, Mississippi 66             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1992               Mississippi 74, Alabama 61             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1991               Mississippi 82, Alabama 66             North Alabama, Florence, AL

SERIES RECORD:     Mississippi 14, Alabama 14

WIN LOSS RECORDS BY SITE:

Jackson State                     Mississippi 1, Alabama 0

Alabama State         Alabama 2, Mississippi 2

Pelham CC               Mississippi 5, Alabama 4

UNA                         Alabama 5, Mississippi 1

Miss College            Mississippi 4, Alabama 3

Holmes CC               Mississippi 1, Alabama 0

 

                     TOTAL POINTS          GAME AVERAGE

Alabama         2,374                          84.7 ppg

Mississippi     2,258                          80.6 ppg

 

                        MOST POINTS                     FEWEST POINTS         VICTORY MARGIN

Alabama         2007 (113)                2002 (67)                   1991 (41)

Mississippi     1994 (123)                2013 (54)                   2002 (31)      

 

GAME            MOST POINTS

2018               205 (Alabama 109, Mississippi 96 @ Mississippi College)

GAME            FEWEST POINTS

1997               114 (Alabama 60, Mississippi 54 @ North Alabama)

 

LONGEST WINNING STREAK:         Mississippi, 3 games (2010, 2011, 2012) 
                                                            Alabama, 3 games (2007, 2008, 2009)
                                                            Alabama, 3 games (1997, 1998, 1999)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI BASKETBALL CLASSIC SERIES

YEAR BY YEAR HISTORY

BOYS

YEAR                                      SCORE                         SITE

2018               Mississippi 127, Alabama 90            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2017               Mississippi 96, Alabama 91             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2016               Mississippi 85, Alabama 83             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2015               Alabama 101, Mississippi 88            Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2014               Alabama 90, Mississippi 83             Jackson State, Jackson, MS

2013               Alabama 87, Mississippi 76             Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2012               Alabama 109, Mississippi 104            Alabama State, Montgomery, AL

2011               Mississippi 85, Alabama 74             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2010               Mississippi 112, Alabama 88            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2009               Alabama 78, Mississippi 74             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2008               Alabama 101, Mississippi 99            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2007               Mississippi 118, Alabama 113            Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2006               Mississippi 94, Alabama 87             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2005               Alabama 84, Mississippi 79             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2004               Alabama 87, Mississippi 86             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2003               Mississippi 82, Alabama 80             Pelham CC, Pelham, AL

2002               Mississippi 98, Alabama 67             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

2001               Mississippi 87, Alabama 83             North Alabama, Florence, AL

2000               Alabama 90, Mississippi 82             Holmes CC, Goodman, MS

1999               Alabama 95, Mississippi 68             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1998               Alabama 111, Mississippi 76            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1997               Alabama 110, Mississippi 91            North Alabama, Florence, AL

1996               Mississippi 105, Alabama 97            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1995               Alabama 85, Mississippi 69             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1994               Mississippi 123, Alabama 111            Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1993               Mississippi 82, Alabama 75             North Alabama, Florence, AL

1992               Mississippi 73, Alabama 71             Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

1991               Alabama 103, Mississippi 62            North Alabama, Florence, AL

SERIES RECORD:     Alabama 14, Mississippi 14

WIN LOSS RECORDS BY SITE:

Jackson State                     Alabama 1, Mississippi 0

Alabama State         Alabama 3, Mississippi 1

Pelham CC               Mississippi 5, Alabama 4

UNA                         Alabama 4, Mississippi 2

Mississippi College   Mississippi 6, Alabama 1

Holmes CC               Alabama 1, Mississippi 0

 

                     TOTAL POINTS          GAME AVERAGE

Alabama         2,545                          90.8 ppg

Mississippi     2,504                          89.4 ppg

 

                        MOST POINTS                     FEWEST POINTS         VICTORY MARGIN

Alabama         2007 (113)                2002 (67)                   1991 (41)

Mississippi     2018 (127)                1991 (62)                   2018 (37)      

 

GAME            MOST POINTS

1994               234 (Mississippi 123, Alabama 111 @ Miss. College)

GAME            FEWEST POINTS

1992               144 (Mississippi 73, Alabama 71 @ Miss. College)

 

LONGEST WINNING STREAK:         Alabama, 4 games (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

                                                            Alabama, 4 games (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
                                                            Mississippi, 3 games (2016, 2017, 2018)
                                                            Mississippi, 3 games (2001, 2002, 2003)
                                                            Mississippi, 3 games (1992, 193, 1994)




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