By KEVIN HARRIS
NEW ALBANY – Sean East had another double-digit scoring effort and Romeo Langford put together a solid floor game in his first contest back from an injury in New Albany’s 55-40 victory over Class 2A No. 1 Providence on Friday night at The Doghouse.
East scored a game-high 18 points, shooting 5-of-8 from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point range. The junior point guard also was 5-of-9 from the free-throw line and made a team-high four steals.
Langford wound up with 14 points, a team-high seven assists, six rebounds, three steals and a team-high three blocked shots. The junior swingman, who missed the previous two contests with a dislocated pinky finger, connected on five of his 10 field-goal attempts and three of his four foul shots.
Sophomore guard Derrick Stevenson was the only other Bulldog to score in double figures with 10 points. New Albany freshman forward Julien Hunter had nine points, a team-high seven rebounds and blocked a team-high three shots.
After taking a 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Class 4A No. 4 Bulldogs (17-3) held the rival Pioneers (16-2) scoreless in the second to help them go up 26-9 at halftime. Providence outscored New Albany 17-11 in the third to pull within 37-26, but the Pioneers could not get any closer.
Senior guard Eli Coker was the only Providence player in double digits with 17 points. Fellow senior Alex Judd chipped in seven points and seven rebounds.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams was in attendance to watch Langford play. The Tar Heels are one of several NCAA Division I programs who have offered Langford a scholarship to play hoops for them in the 2018-19 season.
The Bulldogs will host Evansville Central (6-11) at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Pioneers will travel to Rock Creek (11-9) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
NEW ALBANY 55, PROVIDENCE 40
Providence 9 0 17 14-40
New Albany 15 11 11 18-55
Providence (16-2): Coker 17, Judd 7, Sprigler 6, Mitchell 5, Ebert 3, Betz 2, Boesing 0, Conrad 0, Heldman 0, Libs 0, Morris 0.
New Albany (17-3): Sean East 18, Romeo Langford 14, Derrick Stevenson 10, Julien Hunter 9, Isaac Hibbard 2, Savion Southers 2, Blake Murphy 0.
3-point field goals: Providence 3 (Coker 2, Ebert 1); New Albany 5 (East 3, Langford 1, Stevenson 1).