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Hendrix scores 18, Pickett 13 for Crimson Tide

From staff reports

TUSCALOOSA — Decatur High graduate Rico Pickett turned in 13 points and 11 assists for Alabama in its final tune-up before regular-season play begins.

Pickett played 22 minutes as the Crimson Tide beat North Alabama 99-71 at Coleman Coliseum on Monday night.

Preseason All-SEC selection Richard Hendrix, an Athens High graduate, had 18 points and nine rebounds.

Senior Mykal Riley had 13 points to go with 10 rebounds.

Hendrix was quiet in the first half, scoring only four points before getting going in the second.

"It was a little frustrating," Hendrix said. "It was a slow start in the first half for me. I realized at halftime that I had to turn it up a notch for our team to get going. I couldn't have done it without my teammates giving me the ball."

The game remained tight throughout the first half with Alabama taking a 43-42 halftime lead on an Alonzo Gee dunk just before intermission. However, the Tide scored the first 26 points of the second half to take a commanding lead and put the game out of reach.

Head coach Mark Gottfried liked his team's effort in the second half.

"We were obviously a lot better in the second half in just about every aspect of the game," Gottfried said. "We've got a long way to go, but we've got to apply it every day and build the right habits and get better defensively. Overall, I was pleased."

Alabama's bench players tallied 37 points, led by freshman Justin Knox with 10. In all, 11 players broke into the scoring column for the Tide.

UNA's Quinn Beckwith led all scorers with 24 points. He also grabbed seven boards.

Alabama kicks off regular-season play Friday at 7 at home.

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