A few minutes removed from addressing his team after Gadsden City fell to Huntsville 64-57 in the semifinal round of the Class 7A, Area 7 tournament, Titans coach Reginald Huff made a promise that his squad won’t be one and done in the area tournament next season.
This marks the first time in Gadsden City’s history that it has been eliminated in the opening round of the area tournament or didn’t win it.
“We don’t take that too lightly, so this won’t happen next year for sure,” Huff said.
The Titans (15-15) trailed Huntsville by as much as 12 points early in the second half and chipped away at the Panthers’ lead. Gadsden City drew to within two in the opening moments of the fourth period, but Huntsville seemingly dashed all hopes of a comeback when Luke Guyette nailed a 3-pointer with 6:42 to expand the Panthers’ lead.
Huntsville closed the night draining 11 3-pointers, while Gadsden City only converted three.
“We couldn’t afford for them to beat us from there (3-point arc) and the free-throw line,” Huff added.
Nathan Moore led Huntsville with 16 points, while John Cole Norris added 13.
“We just weren’t very well prepared for them tonight and we didn’t seem to be as focused as we should have been,” senior guard Dee Pearson said. “But we didn’t give up.”
Pearson closed his high school career with a game-high 18 points.
Even with the Panthers (13-17) clicking on all cylinders from outside, Huff complimented his team for not giving up.
“One thing about these guys is that they fight when their backs are against the wall,” he said. “Sometimes we lose focus and get into situations like (tonight), but they never give up. They won’t. … They did what we asked them to do. They fought hard. We missed some assignments and they made some big shots.”
Demetrius Huff chipped in 13 points, while Jayden Lawson finished with 12 points and seven assists.
Article courtesy of The Gadsden Times