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February 18, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Hairston explains late-game subbing policy

O’Dea trounced Mercer Island 77-32 on Tuesday in a Sea-King 3A District tournament game. With a few minutes left, Mercer Island coach Gavin Cree turned from his bench and yelled down to the Irish. He wanted to know when coach Al Hairston was going to pull his starters.

It was a fair question, one that a fair amount of people in the gym heard. Here’s what Hairston had to say about it after the game.

“We sub when they sub,” the longtime coach said. “That is our philosophy. When you take yours out, we’ll take ours out. I’ve lost too many games over 40 years of coaching, we get a lead and we take our kids out and they leave their starters in and all of a sudden, obviously in this game with a running clock that’s not going to happen.

“We’re not trying to embarrass nobody or run up the score on nobody. Basically, what we says is when the game is over, you take yours out and we’ll take ours out.”

Cree declined to comment.

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