By KEVIN HARRIS
CHARLESTOWN – Romeo Langford broke two school records last Tuesday at Charlestown Sports Arena to lead Class 4A No. 1 New Albany to a 110-36 victory over Charlestown. It was the season opener for both teams.
It was the most points the Bulldogs have scored since a 113-39 home win over Scottsburg on Jan. 16, 2016.
Langford snapped his own single-game scoring record with a game-high 48 points. The senior shooting guard shot 17-of-29 from the field, including one 3-pointer, and knocked down 13 of his 15 free-throw attempts.
His previous record was 46 points in the Bulldogs’ 82-64 victory over Southport in the 2016 Class 4A Richmond Semistate.
The second record Langford broke against the Pirates was the all-time rebounds mark at New Albany. He snagged 15 boards to give him 666 in his career and pass previous recordholder, former Bulldog standout Chad Hunter.
Teammate Sean East wound up with 22 points, nailing 10-of-12 field goals and 2-of-3 3-point attempts. East also recorded team-highs in assists (eight) and steals (six).
New Albany sophomore forward Julien Hunter, the son of Chad Hunter, registered a double-double with 10 points and shared team-high rebounding honors with Langford with 15.
Bo Braunecker led Charlestown with nine points.
* SOIN PREPS STAR: Romeo Langford, New Albany – The Bulldog standout poured in 48 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and set two school records. Just another night in the office for Romeo.
* NEW ALBANY HEAD COACH JIM SHANNON COMMENTS (Courtesy of Inside The Hall): “You can’t go out there and disrespect yourselves or your opponent by coming out there nonchalant. You won’t play well. I don’t think we did that. We played really hard. We pressed the whole first quarter. I felt a little bit bad about that, but we had to get going. We had to take care of our stuff first. I thought our kids handled themselves really well.”
NEW ALBANY 110, CHARLESTOWN 36
New Albany 30 28 31 21-110
Charlestown 6 5 16 9- 36
New Albany (1-0): Romeo Langford 48, Sean East 22, Julien Hunter 10, Derrick Stevenson 8, Trey Hourigan 7, Darin Starks 7, Anthony Irvin 4, Kolt Kaiser 2, Savion Southers 2, Caleb Brown 0, Chris Johnson 0.
Charlestown (0-1): Bo Braunecker 9, Courtland Black 8, Addison Logsdon 8, Ty Crace 3, Max Mitchell 3, Matt Parella 3, Brady Lathem 2, Matt Fellows 0, Braiden Murphy 0.
3-point field goals: New Albany 4 (East 2, Langford 1, Starks 1); Charlestown 7 (Braunecker 3, Black 2, Mitchell 1, Parrella 1).