Legendary hoops coaches meet in title game as J.O. Johnson wins Huntsville Times Classic, 54-42

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - For the third time in the Huntsville Times Classic's 32-year history, head basketball coaches Jack Doss and Danny Petty met in the championship game Monday.

Doss's J.O. Johnson team won the 2014 edition of the title-game match-up, beating Petty's James Clemens team, 54-42. The win gave Doss his ninth Huntsville Times Classic title.

The two coaches first squared off in the tournament 25 years ago, with Doss's 1989 Butler squad knocking off Petty's Johnson team.

Their teams have changed since that first meeting, but their goal is always the same - to win.

"His record speaks for itself." said Petty of Doss. "He's done a good job where ever he's been."

Doss is in his 37th year as a head basketball coach, while Petty is in his 42nd.

"Coach Petty's a great coach and he's a Hall-of-Fame coach, both in the state and the county," said Doss.

The two coaches have combined for more than 1,400 career wins and ten state championships.

Petty is the only coach in AHSAA history to lead three different teams to a state title, while Doss has won seven state championships at two different schools.

"When you coach against great coaches, it adds a little bit more to it and a little more intensity and a little bit more fervor, as a coach," said Doss. "It's meaningful to beat another really good coach."

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