New Albany's Romeo Langford probable to return Friday vs. Providence

New Albany's Romeo Langford probable to return Friday vs. Providence

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New Albany's Romeo Langford probable to return Friday vs. Providence

New Albany standout Romeo Langford is probable for Friday’s matchup with Providence after missing the past two games with a dislocated pinky finger on his right hand, according to coach Jim Shannon. The junior guard — originally slated to miss four games — was cleared to practice on Thursday.

The fourth-ranked Bulldogs (16-3) are 1-1 without Langford, who is averaging 28.9 points per game this season for the defending Class 4A state champs. Then-No. 1 New Albany routed Jennings County 84-55 before getting “punched in the mouth,” Shannon said, in a 52-46 loss at Columbus East on Saturday. The setback snapped a 13-game win streak.

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Providence (16-1) enters Friday night’s meeting at New Albany having won its past 11 games. The Bulldogs are 8-2 against the Pioneers dating back to 2006, with the most recent Providence win coming on Feb 3, 2012. Langford netted 25 for New Albany in a 63-53 win last season.

New Albany's Romeo Langford (1) dunks the ball during the game between New Albany and Evansville Bosse at New Albany High School.

New Albany’s Romeo Langford (1) dunks the ball during the game between New Albany and Evansville Bosse at New Albany High School.

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