Jaden Shackelford Scores 26 in Thrilling Win Against LSU

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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Hunter De Siver

Most teams struggle during a season. However, only the good teams are able to overcome the obstacles.

Going into the battle against No. 13 LSU, Alabama had lost their last three games and became unranked. 

Tide fans began to think that this team didn’t have the spark that they had last year when they made it to the Sweet 16.

Alabama guard Jaden Shackelford almost didn’t come back for this season as he considered transferring.

In the first half, Shackelford led Alabama scorers with 12 points. The half ended with a score 33-32 in favor of the Tide. However, Shackelford started to heat up in the second half.

Alabama forward Keon Ellis and guard Jahvon Quinerly also helped the Tide reach a 57-44 lead with seven minutes remaining in regulation. That’s when Coleman Coliseum started to quiet down.

LSU eventually tied the game at 58 apiece, but then the Tide began a scoring run. They were up 68-60 with 1:22 left, a score that would assume an automatic victory.

Alabama would then turn the ball over multiple times and miss an inexcusable amount of free throws.

LSU took advantage and made it a 1-point game with 8 seconds remaining.

Keon Ellis made his free throws to go up by three. LSU put up a prayer at the buzzer but it didn’t fall.

Shackelford finished with 26 points and four steals, Quinerly finished with 17 points, and Ellis finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

It’s unknown if the Tide will roll back into the next top 25 ranking, but they overcame the obstacles of the three-game losing streak.

Alabama plays again at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday at 5 p.m. against Mizzou, the team that started the losing streak.

Categories: Alabama, College Sports