By KEVIN HARRIS
NEW ALBANY – Senior guard Romeo Langford scored 35 points to lead Class 4A No. 1 New Albany to an 86-60 victory over Class 3A No. 9 Indianapolis Brebeuf in a preseason scrimmage last Saturday at The Doghouse.
“We played fairly well, especially offensively. Defensively, we’ve got some things to work on,” Bulldogs’ head coach Jim Shannon said. “We had some bright spots out there. The kids played well together. They shared the ball. But again defensively, I think we have some work to do.”
Langford tallied 18 of his 35 points in the first quarter as New Albany built a 28-20 lead.
The Bulldogs struggled in the second quarter as both teams were required to play zone defense. The Braves outscored New Albany 23-16 in the stanza to cut their deficit to one point at 44-43.
“Our only poor quarter was when both teams agreed to play some zone. We’re not going to play a lot of zone, but we did that quarter and that’s the only one we lost,” Shannon said. “We played some 1-3-1 trap and we played some 2-3 zone and we didn’t do very well. Other than that, I thought (the scrimmage) went very well.”
The Bulldogs dominated the third by outpointing Brebeuf 20-4 to go up 64-47. New Albany claimed the fourth period 22-13.
Three other Bulldogs recorded double-figure scoring outputs. Sophomore forward Julien Hunter wound up with 16 points, senior guard Sean East had 13 and sophomore guard Darin Starks scored 10. Rounding out the scoring for New Albany were sophomore forward Trey Hourigan with nine and junior guard Anthony Irvin with three.
Even though the Dogs have been practicing well in the preseason, Shannon said they were anxious to play an actual opponent.
“They were definitely ready to play against somebody else,” Shannon said. “They’ve been practicing hard. We haven’t had a bad practice yet. We’ve had some good practices.”