Indiana University basketball recruiting target Romeo Langford played two sectional games over the weekend as New Albany rolls on to the regional round of the Indiana state high school basketball tournament. The Bulldogs improved to 23-1 on the season and they have now won 20 games in a row.
On Friday night New Albany handled sectional host Seymour by a score of 82-42. For the game Langford scored 32 points while his teammate Sean East, who hit 9 of his first 11 3-point attempts, added 31.
That victory set up a rematch with Floyd Central. On December 8th the Highlanders took down the then-No. 1 Bulldogs 49-47 in overtime. New Albany was able to avenge that loss on Saturday night with a 51-45 victory. It was the fifth straight sectional title for New Albany. Langford scored 17 on the night while East added 14.
New Albany will now face Bloomington South on Saturday at noon at Seymour. The Bulldogs defeated Bloomington South 70-58 on November 25th.
With 49 points over the weekend Langford now needs 234 points to catch Damon Bailey. If New Albany advances to the state championship game it will play a total of four more games. Langford would now need to average a seemingly impossible 58.5 points per game to reach Bailey in the state final. He would need to average 30 points to finish 2nd all time.
For the season Langford has 821 points. He would need to score 179 points (or 44.75 per game) to become only the fifth player to ever score 1,000 points in a season (Shepherd, Alford, McGinnis and Bluiett)
Here is the current all-time IHSAA boy’s scoring list:
THE INDIANA BOYS ALL-TIME SCORING LIST (IU PLAYERS IN BOLD)
- Damon Bailey, 3,134
- Marion Pierce, 3,019
- Deshaun Thomas, 3,018
- Romeo Langford, 2,900
- Brody Boyd, 2,632
- Rick Mount, 2,595
- Trevon Bluiett, 2,568
- Cooper Neese, 2,496
- Billy Shepherd, 2,465
- Alan Henderson, 2,419
- James Blackmon, Jr., 2,387
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