Boys Junior Varsity Basketball, Boys Varsity Basketball · Boys Basketball: Dragons Show Grit, but Come Up Short Against Langford, New Albany

INDIANAPOLIS — With just a minute left in the first half Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Silver Creek had a 34-30 lead on Class 4A No. 3 New Albany.

The Dragons limited Bulldogs star Romeo Langford scoreless over the first seven minutes of the second period. Then Romeo Langford did what Romeo Langford does. He finished 12-for-20 from the field, 4-for-7 from behind the 3-point line and 7-of-10 at the foul line for 35 points in New Albany’s 73-65 win over the Dragons.

“We were really good, but Romeo Langford is really great,” Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman said. “For 364 days, it’s awesome to have Romeo in Southern Indiana.”

 Langford scored 24 points after halftime in the triumph. He personally outscored Creek 16-15 in the third period and the Dogs led 60-49 heading into the fourth quarter. Midway through the fourth, Silver Creek made its final push and got within 66-61 on a Kooper Jacobi 3-pointer. Langford answered with a 3-point play at the 3:20 mark to seal the win.

“I wasn’t really playing my game the first and second quarter,” Langford said. “I started being more aggressive in the second half and taking the shots I normally take.”

Langford hit a shot with 23 seconds left in the second quarter during a 7-0 run that gave the Bulldogs a 37-34 halftime lead.

“I felt like there for a while, we weren’t finding him,” New Albany coach Jim Shannon said. “We just gave him the ball and let him go create.”

Over the weekend, Langford scored 68 points on just 35 shots. Take away the first half Saturday and he scored 57 on 25 field-goal attempts.

“He was prolific tonight,” Shannon said. “His shooting percentage was very good, but he didn’t get many looks.”

Langford is now 10th on Indiana’s all-time scoring list with 2,405 points. He moved past Marion’s James Blackmon Jr. to enter the top 10. Up next on the list is another former Indiana Hoosier — Alan Henderson — who is 14 points in front of Langford.

“It is cool to pass some of these big names in Indiana,” he said. “The main goal is to win state. If we don’t win state, it’s all for nothing.”

Both teams played two games in about a 15-hour span. New Albany was coming off a big 85-61 win over rival, and 10th-ranked, Jeffersonville, while Creek pounded Eastern 70-23 on Friday night.

New Albany sophomore Julien Hunter, who had six points and six boards in the win, said the short rest period and travel had an affect.

“Of course, any high school team is going to be tired,” he said. “That’s probably why we started slow. As the game went on, we kind of picked up our energy. We got more intense and had more energy.”

Both teams shot well Saturday. New Albany was 26-of-42 from the floor (61.9 percent) and made 11 of its 16 3-point attempts (68.8 percent). The Bulldogs shot better than 70 percent after halftime. The Dragons, meanwhile, were 24-of-42 (57.1 percent) and made 9-of-13 from deep (69.2 percent).

New Albany (10-1) got nine points from Langford and seven from Sean East in the first period and led 22-16 at the first stop. East was perfect from the field (5-for-5) and finished with 16 points and a team-best five assists.

Silver Creek (9-3) countered with a big second period in which it shot 70 percent from the floor. The Dragons made their first six 3-point attempts.

“I think offensively we were fine,” Shannon said. “I was just disappointed the way we came out and defended. We’re always striving for perfection. I demand it and we didn’t get close to it.”

Zane Gross led Silver Creek with 15 points, four steals and three rebounds. Freshmen Kooper Jacobi (13) and Trey Kauffman (11) were also in double figures. The Dragons had 17 assists on 24 buckets, led by Bennett Beyl’s five. Silver Creek’s bench outscored New Albany’s 29-8.

“I was really proud of how we competed,” Hoffman said. “I have no complaints.”

Silver Creek hosts Brownstown on Friday in a game that could determine the Mid-Southern Conference title. The same night, the Bulldogs go to Madison for a Hoosier Hills Conference contest.


New Albany     22  15  23  13—73

Silver Creek     16  18  15  16—65

     New Albany (10-1): Romeo Langford 12-20 7-10 35, Sean East 5-5 3-4 16, Derrick Stevenson 3-5 0-0 8, Julien Hunter 3-5 0-2 6, Trey Hourigan 0-2 0-0 0, Darin Starks 3-4 0-0 8, Chris Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Savion Southers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-42 10-16 73.

Silver Creek (9-3): Zane Gross 6-14 0-2 15, Jack Hawkins 1-6 2-2 5, Bennett Beyl 2-3 0-0 5, Sammy Barnett 2-2 0-0 5, Jacob Garrett 3-4 0-0 6, Ty Kessinger 1-1 2-2 5, Josh Landers 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter Popp 0-1 0-0 0, Trey Kauffman 4-5 1-1 11, Kooper Jacobi 5-6 2-2 13. Totals 24-42 8-10 65.

3-point field goals: New Albany 11-16 (Langford 4-7, East 3-3, Stevenson 2-3, Starks 2-3); Silver Creek 9-13 (Gross 3-6, Hawkins 1-2, Beyl 1-1, Barnett 1-1, Kessinger 1-1, Kauffman 1-1, Jacobi 1-1).

Rebounds: New Albany 20 (Langford 7); Silver Creek 18 (Barnett 5).

Assists: New Albany 14 (East 5); Silver Creek 14 (Beyl 5).

Steals: New Albany 6 (Hunter 2); Silver Creek 5 (Gross 4).

Blocked shots: New Albany 3 (Hunter 2); Silver Creek 0.

Turnovers: New Albany 8, Silver Creek 9.

Team fouls: New Albany 11, Silver Creek 16.

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