“We were kind of playing one-legged at the end,” Coach Johnny Pelham said of his Asbury boys basketball team this week.

Injury and illness knocked out some of Asbury’s players in the area tournament. But they still won their first game and advanced to the sub-regional, with a chance to knock off Fyffe and advance to Jacksonville State.

Those players who missed the area tournament were back for the sub-regional, but they weren’t quite full speed.

Fyffe ended up winning 59-52.

The first quarter was the difference in the game as Fyffe led 21-11. The Red Devils were up 35-22 at the half and 43-33 going into the 4th.

“It wasn’t that we started poorly,” Coach Pelham said. “Fyffe just got off to a red hot start.”

Fyffe's Parker Godwin couldn’t miss, Pelham said. He went on to score a game-high 24 points. For Asbury, Jay Jones scored 14 points and Matt Wilson 12.

“We had a good season,” Coach Pelham said. “Unfortunately, we were just banged up at the end. It’s hard to move on when you have injuries at the end.”

Jones and Wilson, a big part of Asbury’s offensive production, will return next season.

Asbury finished 18-11.

Asbury is in a difficult area and cross-area. Fyffe is a powerhouse.

“They beat Talladega, they beat Gadsden,” Coach Pelham said. “They played larger schools well. Of course, we played larger schools pretty well too. We were within 8 of Guntersville with 5 minutes left to play in the county tournament.”

He said home court advantage would have been nice for that subregional.

“But we didn’t obtain it,” he said.

Spring sports get going now at Asbury. The school fields 3 teams, golf, softball and baseball.

Coach Jimmy Jones coaches the golf team, with a little assistance from time to time from Coach Pelham, who serves as the school’s athletic director.

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