Congratulations to Coach Reginald Huff on winning his 500th game last night against hometown foe, the Southside High School Panthers. The Titans rallied a 61-42 win for Coach Huff giving him 500 career wins and 257 wins at Gadsden City! Coach Huff has been coaching for 23 years, and has accomplished 19 area championships, 2 state runner-ups, 6 Final 4’s, 9 Elite 8’s, 2 Sweet 16’s and now adding 500 game wins. Congratulations Coach Huff! We are so proud of you and hope you get 500 more!
Gadsden City coach Reginald Huff earned his 500th career victory Tuesday night with Gadsden City’s 61-42 win over Southside at home.
With just over a minute remaining in the game, Titans assistant coach Steve Stewart called a timeout unknowingly to Huff. The crowd cheered Huff for his coaching milestone as the coach shared a moment with his wife Frankie.
The Titans stormed out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter capped off by senior Mykel Woods’ dunk in transition off a steal.
Gadsden City led 18-6 through one quarter of play.
The Titans used their defense to create turnovers and easy baskets throughout the game and the second quarter was no different.
Gadsden City started the quarter with a 12-0 run to go up 30-6 with 5:46 left in the first half.
The Titans took a 37-15 lead into the half and led 57-25 heading into the fourth quarter. Gadsden City was able to get a lot of its bench minutes in the second half.
The Panthers outscored the Titans 17-4 in the fourth quarter, but the game never was in doubt.
Star of the Night
Jaylen Cole didn’t play much, but made the most of his minutes. Cole scored 13 points, with 10 of them coming in the first half. He hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter.
By the Numbers
1 — First meeting between Gadsden City and Southside in basketball. … 257 — Wins for Huff, who has been the coach for all 12 years of Gadsden City’s existence. The rest of his wins came at Litchfield. … 19 — Area champions Huff has led in 23 seasons. Huff currently is in his 24th season as a coach. … 2 — State title appearances for Huff at Litchfield. … 6 — Final Four appearances for Huff, with all of them coming at Litchfield. … 9 — Elite Eight appearances for Huff, with six coming at Gadsden City.
“I’m just proud. I’m proud of these guys. I’m proud of this program. I’m proud of all of the guys that have come through. This is a tribute to the hard work that they’ve put in. I ask these guys to do a whole lot, man, I do. I ask them to do a lot and they do it whether they want to or not because they know it takes that to win. I’m proud of this group and it’s going to be a very special group. I’m overwhelmed right now with emotion and joy.” — Huff
“I’ve been with coach (Huff) a long time, and he’s a great coach. But he’s a better man and a better friend.” — Stewart
They Said It
“It’s a blessing, man. (Huff) has been working hard. … We’ve been able to come out here and work hard for him. It’s great to get the win for him, he deserves it.” — Cole
“It feels great to be apart of history. All of the other players did it before us, this was for them.” — Woods
Gadsden City Stat Sheet
Deundre Britton had nine points while Dee Pearson and Jamontez Woods each totaled eight points. … The Titans had 10 players who scored.
Southside Stat Sheet
Devin Laster led the Panthers with nine points. Tristan Riggan added eight points.
Gadsden City (4-4) travels to Midfield on Thursday.
Article portions by Gadsden City High School Athletics.
Other portions by The Gadsden Times.
Photo’s by Gary Wells.