By KEVIN HARRIS
BLOOMINGTON – Despite a tremendous performance from Bloomington South senior Chance Coyle, Class 4A No. 1 New Albany found a way to earn its second victory of the season Saturday, Nov. 25 at J.R. Holmes Court.
Senior guard Romeo Langford scored 24 points to lead the Bulldogs past the Panthers 70-58 in front of a near-capacity crowd. Fellow New Albany senior Sean East chipped in 20.
Coyle finished with a game-high 38 points as he kept South (1-1) close to the Bulldogs (2-0). The 6-foot-4 guard shot 14-of-18 from the field, 4-of-6 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. Plus, Coyle drew the defensive assignment of helping guard Langford, who was constantly double-teamed throughout the game.
“He was extraordinary tonight,” New Albany head coach Jim Shannon said. “In the other three years that he’s played against us, he’s never really hurt us. Sometimes you’ve just got to tip your hat to somebody. We didn’t have an answer for him.”
EAST HAS BIG FOURTH QUARTER FOR DOGS
East stepped up in a major way in the fourth by scoring 13 of his 20 points, while Langford only had two points in the stanza. In the fourth, East was 3-of-3 from the floor, including one 3-pointer, and knocked down all six of his free-throw tries.
“He was slow today getting going in the first quarter. I wasn’t really happy with him early. But I thought he played a great second half,” Shannon said. “He was very, very critical at the end. That’s what seniors have to do. They have to take over the game at the end.”
East’s lone 3 in the quarter came at a crucial time. After the Panthers pulled within 57-53 with 3:49 left on a Chris Bomba foul shot, East nailed the triple to put New Albany up seven points.
Coyle converted a three-point play with 1:21 remaining to cut South’s deficit to 64-58. But the Bulldogs sewed up the victory by going 6-of-6 from the line. East hit four of those free throws and Langford made the other two.
Langford shot 8-of-13 from the field, 2-of-6 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 from the stripe. He also had nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
Langford moved up to 21st on Indiana’s boys’ career scoring list with 2,151 points. He now trails all-time leader Damon Bailey from Bedford North Lawrence by 983 points. Bailey scored 3,134 points in his prep career.
HUNTER POSTS SECOND DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN A ROW
New Albany sophomore Julien Hunter recorded his second double-double in as many games last Saturday. The 6-foot-3 forward recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds versus the Panthers.
Hunter had 10 points and 15 boards in the Bulldogs’ 110-36 season-opening victory at Charlestown Nov. 21.
“Around the basket, he’s something else,” Shannon said. “He plays a lot bigger than 6-3. He’s doing a great job for us – he really is.”
SOIN PREPS STAR
· * Chance Coyle, Bloomington South – Most likely in the future, this honor will be given to Langford. But Coyle was the star in this contest with his 38-point effort that helped keep the Panthers within striking distance of the Bulldogs. Plus Coyle assisted in the defensive effort that held Langford to 24 points. Langford scored only eight points in the second half, including two in the final quarter.
NEW ALBANY 70, BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 58
New Albany 17 9 23 21-70
Bl. South 11 17 13 17-58
New Albany (2-0): Romeo Langford 8-13 6-7 24, Sean East 6-11 6-6 20, Julien Hunter 5-7 0-0 10, Derrick Stevenson 2-6 4-4 9, Trey Hourigan 2-8 2-3 7, Anthony Irvin 0-0 0-0 0, Savion Southers 0-0 0-0 0, Darin Starks 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 23-48 18-20 70.
Bloomington South (1-1): Chance Coyle 14-18 6-7 38, Adam Graham 6-8 0-0 13, Noah Jager 1-5 0-0 3, Anthony Leal 1-11 0-0 3, Chris Bomba 0-2 1-2 1, Connor Hickman 0-2 0-0 0, Ryan Parker 0-0 0-0 0, Grayson Rolen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-47 7-9 58.
3-point field goals: New Albany 6-18 (East 2-4, Langford 2-6, Hourigan 1-3, Stevenson 1-3, Starks 0-2); Bloomington South 7-19 (Coyle 4-6, Graham 1-1, Jager 1-2, Leal 1-6, Hickman 0-1, Rolen 0-1, Bomba 0-2).
Rebounds: New Albany 36 (Hunter 10); Bloomington South 17 (Bomba, Coyle, Graham, Leal 3).
Assists: New Albany 10 (East 6); Bloomington South 10 (Jager 7).
Steals: New Albany 5 (East, Langford 2); Bloomington South 3 (Jager 2).
Blocked shots: New Albany 4 (Langford 2); Bloomington South 1 (Leal 1).
Turnovers: New Albany 11, Bloomington South 11.
Total fouls: New Albany 15, Bloomington South 19.
Fouled out: Stevenson; Bomba.
Junior varsity: Bloomington South 60, New Albany 53.
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