John Petty Alabama basketball

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No. 24 Alabama (10-3, 5-0 SEC) picked up an 85-65 win against Kentucky (4-7, 3-1) on Tuesday at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Crimson Tide was led by John Petty with 23 points and five rebounds in a game plagued by injuries.

Here are three things we learned:


Alabama has new injuries

Herb Jones came into the game as Alabama’s best ballhandler and showed a new confidence behind the 3-point line.

The 6-8 senior forward started the game with eight earl points, shooting 2-of-3 from behind the arc.

With 11:05 remaining in the first half, Jones drove to the basket and missed a layup.

As play shifted to the other end, he remained on the ground clutching his left hand to his stomach.

Midway through the second half, another starter went down.

Fifth year senior Jordan Bruner suffered a leg injury and was unable to put weight on it as the training staff took him to the locker room.

“The trainer says they will both be evaluated in the morning,” said Oats.

Both players will be evaluated in Birmingham by a specialist.


Petty, Shackelford step up

In the absence of Jones, Alabama’s duo on the wings stepped up and delivered.

Shortly after the injury, John Petty helped lead Alabama on a 10-0 run over a four-minute span, giving the Crimson Tide a double-digit lead.

Jaden Shackelford joined in the effort and helped maintain the gap throughout the second half, never allowing Kentucky to seriously threaten.

“We still have leadership on this team,” said Petty. “It was a collective effort.”

Shackelford scored 18 points, adding six assists.

The two shot a combined 15-of-30 from the field and 6-of-12 from deep.


How Alabama is doing

without Jahvon Quinerly

Alabama played without Jahvon Quinerly, who is out with an undisclosed medical condition, for the third consecutive game.

Coach Nate Oats leaned on 6-8 senior forward Herb Jones to handle the point guard duties in the first two game but needed to go deeper into the roster this time.

Freshman guard Josh Primo helped fill the hole with Petty working with the ball in his hands more often.

Shackelford also played minutes at point guard.

“I thought all three of them did a great job,” said Oats. “We’re hoping to get Quinerly back by this weekend, but we’ll see.”


Up next

Alabama is scheduled to play Arkansas (10-2, 2-2) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum.

The game will be broadcast on SEC Network.

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