Atlanta– They weren’t the biggest or most athletic team in the tournament, however they were the most skilled and disciplined team to during the weekend. Alabama Premier Head Coach told D1Spects,”Our primary goal is to outwork other teams and play smart basketball. coming in to this tournament we wanted to focus on our defensive efforts and it paid off”
Led by Tournament MVP Anthony Holmes [pictured below] (6’2 Clay-Chalkville HS 2017), the Alabama premier were able to control the championship game from start to finish, winning 64-47. Holmes dropped 23 points but it was the strong defensive effort to contain the Rebels’ dynamic guard William Richardson (2017 Bradwell Institute). Richardson got off to a fast start early in the game but a simple defensive adjustment was key for the Premier. Coach Wilson stated, “He is a great scorer but i knew if we could shut him down, we could win this game.”
The Premier turned to their defensive work horse Jaylen Wilson.
Wilson limited Richardson’s scoring ability allowing only two points in the second half in the championship game. Coach Wilson stated, “[Jaylen] did his job and played great defense on their guard.”
From there, Alabama Premier would find their confidence and put on a shooting clinic for the gym to see. Point Guard Matthew Rickman (Hoover High School 2017) dropped 20 points while Holmes added 23 points in the blow out win. Coach Wilson stated, ” Holmes is our heart and soul of our team. I was really impressed on how well he shot the ball from the outside.” 6’2 Mitchell Langley (Vestavia Hills 2017) helped the Premier ignite their transition game and late in the second half the Premier were in a league of their own.
Alabama Premier shot lights out and their players responded with big shots in transition to put the game out of reach. While they didn’t overpower their opponent, the Premier showcased team basketball at its finest. Coach Wilson told D1Spects, “I’m very proud of our team. We cam together, played great team work and I think that was the difference. “