The Class 2A Asbury varsity boys basketball team toppled a pair of its 5A Marshall County rivals this week, spoiling the debut of new head coaches at both schools.
The unbeaten Rams (3-0) met Brindlee Mountain on Friday night and will host Crossville on Monday night.
Asbury 56, Boaz 41
The host Rams outscored Boaz 25-10 in the third quarter Thursday night to rally for the victory in the first-ever regular-season game between the programs.
Cale Black, a former head coach at both Geraldine and Plainview, made his debut as the Pirates’ head coach.
Boaz led 13-11 and 23-20 at the first-half rest stops, but the Rams’ huge third-quarter effort propelled them to a 45-33 advantage at the final break. Asbury shot 63.2 percent from the field in the second half.
Asbury’s Jay Jones converted 7-of-10 field goals and scored a game-high 20 points. He dished out six assists.
Mauricio Zurita-Cortes contributed 11 points and five rebounds, and Matt Wilson finished with 10 points and eight boards for AHS. Skylar Bearden scored seven, Hunter Patterson six and Layne Bethune two.
Landon Talley collected five rebounds and three steals. The Rams made 13 steals and forced 29 turnovers.
Keaton Kennedy’s 11 points topped Boaz’s attack. Chadan Hamilton scored nine, Judd Ferguson and Gael Vazquez seven each, Dylan Posey five and Chandler Earnest two.
Asbury converted 15-of-23 free throws to Boaz’s 1-of-4.
Asbury 48, Douglas 45
Tuesday night at Loyd Berry Gymnasium, the Rams outscored Douglas 18-7 in the fourth quarter to rally for the win. The contest was the debut of new Douglas head coach Skylar Baugh, a former Eagle player.
Douglas was in front 11-9, 22-20 and 38-30 at the quarter breaks.
The Eagles extended their lead to 40-31 with 7:01 left in the game before Asbury took charge down the stretch. Trailing 42-36, the Rams delivered an 11-0 run that propelled them to a 47-42 cushion with 12 seconds remaining.
Daniel De’Armas of Douglas buried a 3-pointer, cutting it to 47-45 with seven seconds on the clock. Talley’s free throw made it 48-45 with four seconds left, and Patterson blocked De’Armas’ shot as time expired.
Wilson powered the Rams with 24 points, nine boards and three steals. He sank 14-of-16 free throws.
Bearden scored nine (hitting 5-of-6 free throws), Talley six, Yahir Rodriguez five and Jones four. Bearden grabbed five rebounds while Talley got three steals.
De’Armas led the Eagles with 19 points.
Dylan Sanders tossed in eight, Jansen Rogers six, Raygan Edmondson and Yael Lucas both four and Ziano Nardi and Brady Ragon two each.