ALABAMA MEN’S WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL BEATS ABC MEDICAL, 48-43, TO OPEN SATURDAY

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It’s a cold quiet Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Students do not return from Fall break until tomorrow to prepare for their Monday morning classes. But, its the second day of the Press Ganey Tipoff. Both the men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams have a full slate of games. Starting with the men.

For the first four minutes, like yesterday, there were only four points scored. At the 16:27 mark of the first half, head coach Ford Burttram called a timeout. The Crimson Tide was getting looks, the passing was great, but they weren’t connecting or capitalizing on the turnovers.

With 12:06 remaining in the first half, Lindy Bridges hit a three-pointer ending ABC Medical’s 8-0 run.

The Crimson Tide started connecting. At halftime, Alabama had five players connect on shots, including an Abraham Hausman-Weiss buzzer-beater to tie it at 22-22.

ABC Medical played tough and they pushed Alabama. Five minutes into the second half, Alabama was held to four points.

ABC Medical’s Ryan Hynes, Karolina Lingyte and Sean Burns are all staff members for Alabama Adapted Athletics; they also all play for the local club team. Other members are also former players of Alabama.

Hynes, who is the head coach of the women’s wheelchair team, was a game-changer. He’s fast. He’s aggressive. He’s not afraid of creating space, just to get an extra inch on his release.

Alabama was tested. It was a back-and-forth game from start to finish. Alabama passed the test.

Ortega finished with 20 points, Hausman-Weiss recorded eight and both Bridges and Partha Venkatram had six.

The Crimson Tide plays next at 3:00 p.m.

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