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.
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.