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Dan McLaurin's Memoir, "32 Minutes of Greatness:Special Edition" Is Released.
Before the b-ball exploits of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and others, there was 60's era "The Pony Express," the history making, basketball phenoms of Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina. Daniel McLaurin was one of them.
Dan McLaurin’s “32 Minutes of Greatness” is true North Carolina basketball history revealed.
If you are a basketball-history buff, or think you are, you surely know everything about recent basketball wizards of our time: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and many others. All these iconic figures, and others, enjoyed illustrious secondary school, and even college careers. However, you likely are not familiar with those who were burning up hallowed high-school hoop-haven hardwood long before these ‘hoopsters’
At Durham, North Carolina’s all-black, Hillside High School, the late, great Coach Carl L. Easterling, instituted a methodolgy and approach to the game of basketball that laid the groundwork for an offense never before seen. His teams employed blinding speed and stamina, coupled with fierce defense that teams dreaded confronting. This all took place in the era of “Jim Crow,” and segregation. Credit for such success was not freely given but truth, like the mythical 'Phoenix,' always rises.
During his coaching career, Easterling-coached teams won 80% of their basketball games. In 1965, he coached Hillside’s boy’s 1965 4-A State Basketball championship team. Coach Easterling's innovative style of play changed the game; he was the architect of the famed, “Pony Express” team. His team owns several scoring records including the highest scoring average in North Carolina’s basketball history.
McLaurin's "32 Minutes of Greatness" tells the story in candid, first-hand language only possible because he was there. In 1966, the last year of segregated Hillside, McLaurin's team set records that survive to this day.
In this inspiring, 148 page, Falcon Creek Publishing Company, softcover followup to his first book: "32 Minutes of Greatness: The Untold Story," McLaurin scores a full-court , 'nothing but net' shot. The words and pictures tell you as much as can be told. However, only those who were there, can know what it was like: the deafening cheers; the non-stop assault; the fierce gaze of a team in full stride; the looks of despair etched on the faces of opponents, and the final buzzer that glowed with a final score that was seldom in doubt.
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