Tony Parker big down stretch in UCLA’s 75-67 win over Alabama

In the final minute against Alabama, Tony Parker had a block, two rebounds and made both of his free throws to give UCLA a 75-67 victory in the final tuneup at Pauley Pavilion before Pac-12 play begins.

Parker was a 43 percent free-throw shooter before Saturday’s game, where he made 80 percent (4 of 5), including two with 56 seconds left.

“That’s (been weighing) big on me,” Parker said. “I thought I was a better free-throw throw shooter. I keep shooting them in practice. It’s big for me and my game because I will get fouled a lot.”

UCLA (11-2) remains unbeaten at home with a 9-0 record.

This was the first time UCLA trailed at halftime, giving the Bruins good experience of rallying and weathering a storm down the stretch. Problematic for UCLA was Alabama guard Trevor Releford’s 34 points off the bench (he didn’t start because of a disciplinary issue).

UCLA next plays host to USC on Jan. 5 to kick off Pac-12 conference play.

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  • Mark

    I have ZERO confidence or enthusiasm fir this team for conference play. Mid-table at best. I concede these aren’t “Alford’s guys” but I’ve yet to see any improvement in team play this season.