John Petty, Avery Johnson comment on controversial late travel call vs. Tennessee
The Alabama Crimson Tide gave No. 3 Tennessee a scare on Saturday, but couldn’t quite put the Vols away late in the second half.
One of the biggest calls in the game had some controversy with it, as Alabama G John Petty was whistled for traveling with only a few seconds left in the game.
Following the game, which Tennessee won 71-68, both Petty and coach Avery Johnson weighed in on the call. Both said they disagreed with it, but said they’ll have to live with it:
Alabama guard John Petty on the Crimson Tide's final possession: In my opinion, I didn't travel. But it was the call and I guess we have to live with it.
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) January 19, 2019
Avery Johnson on the travel call: It's a bang-bang play. We talk to our guys about pivoting, coming to a two-foot jump shot. Not getting jumped off balance. We can't really talk about officials for obvious reasons. That was a tough call. Didn't go our way.
— @GrantRamey (@GrantRamey) January 19, 2019
The Tide wouldn’t have been in the game at all without Petty, who scored 30 points and went 6-for-10 from the three-point line.
Alabama will need to learn from Saturday’s near-win over the SEC’s top team, and it’s safe to say the Tide are a team no one wants to play this year.