Southern Indiana Living

MAR-APR 2018

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Mar/Apr 2018 • 23 always have to think: 'Am I representing New Albany right? Am I representing coach Shannon and coach (B.J.) McAllister and the basketball team right? That sways our answers. That makes sure we're doing the right thing and saying the right stuff." Championship Quest ... and Beyond It's been a great season so far, with the lone loss a 49-47 overtime decision at Class 4A No. 4 and county rival Floyd Central in the fourth game of the season. As the calendar rolled through February, New Albany closed in on its 100th win during the Langford Era against only nine losses. The team has been tested at 4A pow- ers Bloomington South (No. 5) and Carm- el (9th); in neutral site games against Class 4A No. 14 Fort Wayne North and Class 3A No. 10 Silver Creek; and home grinders against Indianapolis Pike and Princeton, ranked 9th in Ohio. The Princeton game was on ESPNU, and New Albany took a 65-64 overtime thriller as Langford fought through three separate injuries to score 36 points. The Silver Creek game, part of Fox Sports' "Basketball Day Indiana," was on state- wide TV and played at Bankers Life Arena in Indy, home of the NBA's Indiana Pac- ers and site of the state championship. That scheduling was no accident. Regardless of what happens on the court from here, one of the big take- always from Langford's time at New Al- bany is how gracefully he's handled the spotlight. People are nuts about him and want to see him. During New Albany's state title run in 2016, fans began lining up for au- tographs, and now, he sits at a table after games, home or away, and patiently signs shirts, jerseys, photographs, basketballs and more. And with a shy and genuine smile, he poses for photos with anyone who asks. The typical line of fans lasts an hour, and on the Thursday night that Langford torched Jennings County for a career-high 63 points, the queue of North Vernon fans took two hours to clear. Tim Langford usually sits nearby, often fielding compliments from other parents for raising a classy son who's a role model for their kids Reporters have asked both Langfords whether spending that much time with fans is tiring, but they shrug it off as part of the territory. "LeBron is my favorite player, and if he was somewhere I was and I wanted to get his autograph, I don't want him to say he's tired and not get to me," Romeo said. "That's why I'm playing basketball. I like to see that I'm making people's day and making them happy." - Romeo Langford

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