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Valley Cubs praying for teammate

Alexandria basketball program thinking of, praying for teammate Kam Crumley after Thursday auto accident; cancels game with Fort Payne
By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today
The Alexandria Valley Cubs were scheduled to play a basketball game tonight at Fort Payne, but some things are just more important than a game.
The Cubs canceled the game earlier in the day following a serious car accident involving junior guard Kam Crumley.
Crumley suffered a serious head injury as well as other injuries in the accident, which occurred as he drove home from practice Thursday afternoon. He was airlifted to UAB, where he continues to receive care.
The team loaded into a van provided by a local church and was in Birmingham by their teammate’s side all day Friday.
In light of the circumstances Johnson felt it appropriate to call Fort Payne and cancel the game. 
“There was no way we could play; our minds would not be right,” Cubs coach Jason Johnson said. “We couldn’t be trying to play a basketball game knowing one of our teammates was fighting for his life.
‘’I’ve been doing this for 28 years but I’ve never had anything like this. I didn’t want to mess anything up. I just tried to let common sense take over and realize the game is very insignificant when you compare it to life. I think we made the right choice.’’
The next 72 hours are critical, Johnson said. He declined to give other details of the wreck or Crumley’s condition out of respect for the family, but he did say one of the players received a positive text regarding some of their teammate’s initial test results.
Crumley, who Johnson described as “well-liked” by his teammates and a close friend of Cubs post Landan Williams, was in his first year with the varsity. He played on the JV team last year.
The Valley Cubs don’t play again until Thursday when they host Cherokee County.
“It’s been a tough day,” Johnson said.

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