Why Alabama basketball's Jahvon Quinerly came off the bench against LSU
Alabama basketball point guard Jahvon Quinerly knew his team needed to make some changes after a third consecutive loss. He volunteered to take part.
Between the loss to Mississippi State and Wednesday's game against No. 16 LSU, Quinerly went to see Alabama coach Nate Oats. Quinerly mentioned the idea of coming off the bench instead of starting.
"Last year, I was successful in that role, so I had no problem coming off the bench, trying to provide a spark for the team," Quinerly said. "That was pretty much it. It was a mutual thing with me and the coaching staff. I had no problem. I just wanted to win basketball games."
The decision proved to be a good one. Quinerly provided a spark off the bench, and he finished 6-for-16 with 17 points in Alabama's 70-67 victory at Coleman Coliseum. He also had two 3-pointers for the Crimson Tide (12-6, 3-3 SEC).
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Quinerly entered the game having shot 5-for-24 from the floor and 2-for-12 from beyond the arc.
"I think he's been trying to play hard," Oats said. "He's been trying to play the right way. He's been giving us great effort."
Quinerly, after speaking with his parents, decided he could perhaps be more effective with that effort in a different role.
Oats agreed on giving it a shot. Especially considering Quinerly's success in that spot during the 2020-21 season. He started in seven of 30 games in which he played last season, but he still finished with 23 double-figure scoring games.
"Either he's going against their starting point guard who's a little fatigued or he's going against their backup point guard who's coming off the bench," Oats said.
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