October 30, 2006
Crimson and White Scrimmage Gallery
The Tide's veteran players showed they are ready for action while the bevy of young newcomers vied for the spotlight in the intra-squad Crimson and White scrimmage Monday night.
The Crimson team earned a dominating 64-41 victory in Game 1 thanks to breakout performances from two newcomers. Junior college transfer Mykal Riley led all scorers in Game 1 with 22 points, including four three-pointers.
"In the first game, Mykal Riley played like we want him to play this year," head coach Mark Gottfried said. "He shot the ball, he was aggressive. He gets the ball off quick and I like the fact that he stepped in there tonight and didn't play like a freshman. He's an older player and he played like it."
Redshirt freshman Yamene Coleman shined in the scrimmage as well, hitting on 7 of 8 field goals for 15 points as well as snagging 4 rebounds.
"Yamene is a guy who can give us some scoring here and there," said Gottfried. "He's not going to be asked to score a lot for this team but when he has opportunities he can do some things well. He was a bright spot."
The team returned for Game 2 with different rosters with what is expected to be the Tide's top seven players on the Crimson team and the rest of the newcomers playing for the White team. Crimson's more experienced players led them to 47-28 victory in what appeared to be a much sloppier, more physical game.
Steele's presence seemed to be the difference once again in Game 2 where the junior point guard generated 8 assists and 6 steals along with 4 points.
Crimson and White Gallery
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