By JD McKay
Just minutes ago we beat the Jeffersonville to advance to play the winner of New Albany vs Seymour. Let me rephrase that. We just advanced to play New Albany. The Dogs will once again be a tough match led by senor Romeo Langford and senior Sean East, and winning will again be tough. To win we will need to do three main things.
We need to stop East. Last time I wrote about New Albany I said we need to stop Langford. Now, Langford is the best player I’ll ever watch at Joe Hinton Court, and could be the best to ever play their, but I know what he is going to do. He is going to be Romeo and score 25 points plus throw down at least three ridiculous dunks, and hopefully go to Indiana (Sorry, wrong story). East, is more of a question mark. He is typically lights out from the three-point line, but if we can cool him off, I like our chances.
Next, is how we come out. New Albany will start the game with a vengeance after getting beat by us once and being down by nearly 20 in the first quarter. We will need to play under control and try to slow the game down. It is much easier to keep Langford from scoring when he does not have the ball. Part of that will be looking for good looks and not taking bad shots.
Last, we need to be stroking it from the three point line. Senior Gabe Shireman’s last season has not been what he was hoping for, but if he gets hot tomorrow night, I like our chances. Last year he was one of our best shooters, shooting over 50 percent from the three point land. If he lights it up, we should win.
Bottom Line- This basketball season has been memorable. We have swept Floyd County and beat Jeff twice. This season shouldn’t end by losing to New Albany, and I don’t think it will. I expect a deep push into the tournament. With senior Luke Gohmann leading the team and a great group of guys behind him, I expect they will battle through some adversity to win tomorrow night.
Final score- Highlanders 61 Dogs 57