Butch Huffman and the Hairston kid help Wildcats get past Nighthawks and on to Mid-State Boys’ Final Friday

Posted by Andy Durham on February 17, 2011 at 11:03 am under High School | 18 Comments to Read

It wasn’t Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but it was Butch Huffman and the Hairston Kid, there to save the day/night and send the Eastern Guilford Wildcat boys to the Mid-State 3-A Championship game this Friday night….

from the News and Record and David Reynolds at www.news-record.com:

GREENSBORO — Senior Butch Huffman made two free throws with six seconds left to lift Eastern Guilford past Northern Guilford 67-65 in the Mid-State 3-A Conference boys’ semifinals Wednesday.

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  • F.Huffman said,

    I LOVE IT “Butch Huffman and the Hairston Kid”…

    What a game last night, I wish you could have been there Andy!

  • StatKING said,

    I was there huffman it was a great game! Best part was downing coming over to u when northern was up 10 during the game and telling u that it was his house!! LOL then 30 minutes later your little brother showed him different! Nothing like a bunch of cockyness and alot of karma following it! If eastern had a good coach they could do something with there boys this year! It took him 2 1/2 quarters to get out of that zone that he was running! He should have noticed that after 1 quarter! Been to four games this year and he has did all but impress me! He talked about in the paper how is team has come back all year! I dont guess the guy realizes that if he would quit holding them back in the first half it wouldnt be that way! His offensive skeems are terrible! He never got hairston the ball in the 1st quarter! But on another note, northern did a great job defending butch and hairston! They had a great game plan and had them flustered at times! Hats off to there coaching staff! They did a great job game planning, it just wasnt there guys night!

  • agreed said,

    I totally agree with fan….

  • StatKING said,

    Ok well i actually watched the gameplan northern had!!! Gunn isnt there best player but would have been a key last night! The guy guarding the wing player which was chandler all night, played off of them and helped with butch and brandon! They would not have been able to sag as much if gunn had played! Hate him or not, he hits big jump shots in games and can def knock down a open 3 so gun not playing def didnt help the wildcats!

  • StatKING said,

    well i dont disagree with who should be starting or not! in my opinion they both have plus and minuses, but gunn would not have hurt the cats last night!

  • Just Wondering said,

    StatKing has some good observations “not” I wonder what team he coaches. Or is he just one of those fans who always knows best. There’s a lot of those out there.

  • StatKING said,

    Yes there is!!!!!!! Your opinion will always be better!!

  • StatKING said,

    You must be the coach! 🙂 cause everyfan i was sitting near saw exactly what i saw! sorry texas!!! No one is perfect, im definatly not! its easier to watch from the stands! But i wouldnt take out my point guard that hit 6 threes the game before and carried me for shooting a deep three against that same team!

  • gccoach said,

    StatKing,

    I dont know what you have watched this year. Coach Lansdale has done a great job with what he has. Butch is a good player, but early on needed to learn how to be a team player, which he has done better at. I think Brandon improved when he decided he didnt have to try and carry the team on his back. There are other players on this team besides Huffman and Hairston, Jeremy Gaddy works his butt off and is one of the most coachable kids around. Adam Gunn may not have the ball handling skills Huffman has but, knows the game as good as anyone and from what I heard was doing a great job from the bench last night. Quan Moss off the bench is probably the best athlete on the team, once again, not the basketball player Hairston may be but also hasnt played basketball in 2 years. I have sat by this year and watched people get on here and talk Butch up one side and down the other, He is a good high school basketball player but has a lot to learn about being a good teammate and could play with a little more intesity on the defensive end. Im not gonna down Butch because he is a good kid and I like him but you all have no clue what it takes to be a Div. 1 basketball player. I hope he proves me wrong and achieves all his dreams but the Huffman and Hairston fan club on here need to realize that there are other players on this team and that Coach Lansdale has done a lot better job than you give him credit for.

  • StatKING said,

    We know there are other players on this team!!! And they are good role players!! But i have watched 5 games this year….. and looked at the stats on all of them! Butch and brandon are the 2 best players on the team, this is why they have a fan club!! Butch missed a game this season they lost the game! brandon missed a game this season they lost the game! gunn missed a game this season they won! i see the obvious! and u have ure opinon i have mine! dont hate u for ures so dont down me for mine!! i think the assistant coach is good! And u can say what u want, i think the coach has did a terrible job and im intitled to my opinion! i was at the burlington williams game also where he called 4 strait time outs at the end of the game and all 4 times they pressed and williams threw the ball over the top and scored a lay up or got fouled! i mean really?????? i think u stick mister athletic quan moss at half court and tell him not to let anyone past him!!! he is a good player i def agree! but man this coach from texas i cant agree with u!! ures truely butch and brandons fan club!! lol Go wildcats!!! Every kid on this team needs to learn stuff! there in highschool!!!!

  • Andy said,

    Good job by both EG and NG last night….You have a two-point game like that and you know it has been a good one…67-65, and that is a good one….

    The key now is to file that one away, and Eastern has to start getting ready for Morehead, coming up on Friday….

    EG has plenty of good talent and Gunn always is a plus when he is in there, cause he knows the game inside and out….

    Often we just pop in the leaders from the previous game in the headlines, cause that gets the fans attention….This is team sport and Eastern has a very good team and if they didn’t they wouldn’t be where they are today, getting ready to play for the title on Friday night….

    We as always salute Gaddy the big Mac Daddy, The Boss, Quan Moss, Chavis, who can deal like Baron Davis and I was caught off guard, by the guard, Josh White I think it was that got the start on Senior Night……He was a steady guard for the Wildcats in that game against Southeast Guilford…..

    EG has a very good team, but you have to stick together as a team, players and fans, as you take on Morehead on Friday…..

    Don’t let the hype get to you……You are only as good as your last shot, and that will come in practice today…..

    EG Wildcats, stick together as a team, cause it will take a team effort to win the game tomorrow night……

    It don’t matter who is in the headlines, what matter is who is in the handshake line when they are handing out the Championship Trophies……

    Let’s see all Wildcat Fans bond and stick together for the boys and the girls……

    BTW….The EG coaches have done a great job all the way around….If not they would not be playing for the Titles on Friday night….You really can’t expect any more than that…….Be thankful, you are blessed with two very good basketball teams at your school….

  • StatKING said,

    well said!!! ::::clap,clap::::: StatKING signing out!!

  • Crown of Thorns said,

    “If eastern had a good coach they could do something with there boys this year! It took him 2 1/2 quarters to get out of that zone that he was running!”

    statKING I am sure that Coach Lansdale and his staff know a little bit about what they are doing. If you watched enough of their games this year you would be aware that their zone has been very effective most of the time. They went in to the locker room at half time down what? 7 points? I was at the game and they had a poor half but they were in the game.

    “Been to four games this year and he has did all but impress me!”

    Ok, was it FOUR games or FIVE games? You put four in one post and five in another. How many games did you actually SEE? Any of the SEVENTEEN they have won? I am sure Coach Lansdale isn’t trying to impress you. He has a very good basketball team that is winning games.

    “He talked about in the paper how is team has come back all year! I dont guess the guy realizes that if he would quit holding them back in the first half it wouldnt be that way! His offensive skeems are terrible!”

    I am sure the Eastern staff is intentionally trying to make things hard for themselves. Their offensive SCHEMES have seem to have worked so far. Are they not in the championship of the conference tournament?

    “He never got hairston the ball in the 1st quarter! But on another note, northern did a great job defending butch and hairston! They had a great game plan and had them flustered at times! Hats off to there coaching staff! They did a great job game planning, it just wasnt there guys night!”

    Ok, which one was it? Poor planning by Eastern’s staff? Or great planning by Northern? Both seem to play a big part in every game, right? So Northern lost and THEIR coaching staff did a great job but Eastern won and THEIR coaching staff is horrible? Maybe you should go back and get a DUHgree, become a teacher and coach and give Coach Lansdale and his staff some pointers?

    “And u can say what u want, i think the coach has did a terrible job and im intitled to my opinion! i was at the burlington williams game also where he called 4 strait time outs at the end of the game and all 4 times they pressed and williams threw the ball over the top and scored a lay up or got fouled! i mean really??????”

    Really? They called four STRAIT time outs and I am sure the staff game planned to let someone beat them deep every time? You think they told the players to let someone beat them deep? You are right, you are ENTITLED to your own opinion. I think most teams would trade a bad game here or there for a chance to play for a conference championship. I also think most true fans would be thrilled to see their team playing for a conference championship also. Blame Eastern’s staff for that.

  • Statking said,

    after reflecting on my comments….. i would like to apologize to the readers and the coach most of all!! he has put more time in at eastern then i have! i can only catch a few games! and he has put a whole season into this and i probably dont realize exactly how hard it is! its easy to criticize from the stands! its all about the kids at the end of the day! Go cats!

  • Crown of Thorns said,

    We are actually in agreement on your last post stat. This should be all about the kids. This board should be all about the kids.

    Good luck to Eastern in the playoffs. Good luck to Northern in the playoffs. Good luck to every Greensboro team in the playoffs.

    Hopefully a Greensboro team can bring a state championship here!

  • Zachary Faulkner said,

    Statking you were too hard on coach…. I know you apologize but that stuff you said wasn’t necessary. Believe it or not he’s probably the front-runner for coach of the year in the Mid 3-A conference other than the coach from Eastern Alamance so give him his credit. I been to “EVERY” game this season and at times he has been out coach but what coach doesn’t it’s apart of the game and two of the last three years he has tooken the wildcats to conference championships and his assisants are very underrated. But overall the coaching staff has done a great job preparing this team game after game. To me this team can go deep in the playoffs alongs Hairston and Huffman are at there best and everybody does there role and they play as a team because it’s not gonna be easy stopping the 1-2 punch (Brandon&Butch) which too me is the best combo I’ve since Swinton and Graves from Dudley yeah I said it they just don’t get a lot of hype and publicity like those guys did but they are just as good together.

  • gcscoach said,

    this thread is a little out of control. It takes away from a good game that was played last night. Two good basketball teams played a very good game that was fun to watch. Both coaches did a very good job in the game. Both teams made runs and both teams made adjustments during the game. Eastern came out on top. Their kids AND their coaches deserve a lot of credit.

    I have seen Eastern play several times and I think the staff does a good job with that team. They aren’t always the biggest or most athletic but they play hard and compete well. I don’t think anyone could ask for much more than that.

    statking, you mentioned Eastern losing without Huffman. Didn’t they play a very close game against a good Northeast team without him? Did coaching have anything to do with that? I was at that game and it was a very good game.

    I think every coach has supporters and detractors and Eastern’s coach isn’t any different. I don’t think a coach can ever coach a season without someone being upset about something.

    Congrats to Northern on a great year and good luck to Eastern on Friday night.

  • Andy said,

    We need to give this a break and talk more after the game tomorrow night….Good luck to the Wildcats and you guys got get yourself a Title and work hard on the way in…..That is where the focus needs to be now….You have good coaches and leadership and use it to your advantage….