Anderson, Langford fall short in quest for state finals bid

  • 03/19/2018 8:35 am in

Only two teams remain in each class following semi-state play on Saturday in the 108th annual IHSAA boys basketball tournament. IU signee Damezi Anderson and South Bend Riley were eliminated by Carmel at Lafayette Jeff. New Albany and Romeo Langford were also eliminated by Warren Central at Seymour.

Here’s a recap of Saturday’s action across the state:

· Class 4A at Lafayette Jeff: South Bend Riley’s unbeaten season came to a disappointing end as the Wildcats fell to Carmel, 63-44. IU signee Damezi Anderson scored just six points in the loss, but finished with 2,210 points over his four-year career. The Wildcats finished the season 26-1.

· Class 4A at Seymour: After leading throughout the game, New Albany couldn’t hold off Warren Central late as the Bulldogs fell 64-62 on a buzzer-beater by David Bell. IU recruiting target and five-star guard Romeo Langford finished with 35 points in the loss and finished his career with 3,002 points. That number is fourth on the state’s all-time scoring list behind Damon Bailey, Marion Pierce and Deshaun Thomas.

· Class 3A at Lafayette Jeff: IU recruiting target Trey Galloway and Culver Academy advanced to the 3A state championship game with a 65-60 win over Mason Gillis and New Castle. Gallway, a class of 2020 guard, finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the win. Gillis had 23 points, nine rebounds and two blocks for New Castle in the loss.

Saturday’s state finals games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are as follows:

Class A: Southwood (25-3) vs. Morristown (27-2)
Class 2A: Oak Hill (25-5) vs. Forest Park (25-4)
Class 3A: Culver Academy (22-6) vs. Evansville Bosse (25-4)
Class 4A: Warren Central (31-0) vs. Carmel (21-7)

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  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    Was there any IU coaches at the Lafayette Semi-state? If not, too bad, they missed another outstanding game from Mason Gillis and Luke Bumbalough is a much better player than the Galloway kid, too slow to play guard at D1 level and shot is a push shot with very little lift.

  • Bruiser Flint was there, I believe.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    wow, a couple pretty big upsets there. but it’s ok, DA and RL both have bright futures at IU.

  • Matt Miller

    Isn’t Trey a soph? Could grow a bit by the time he’s a senior. I agree Bumbalough is a better player right now, but not a big10 guy at the moment.

    DA- Saw him a few times this year and shot selection was an issue with him and Riley. Lots of potential there though. Carmel was a much better team Saturday and, in my opinion, would probably beat Riley the majority of the time. Bummed there isn’t a Riley/Romeo matchup, but the better teams won on Saturday.

  • Q46

    First time I was able to watch more than highlights of RL. He is just as smooth on the offensive end as he is on all the highlights. Has room to improve in the other end though. And unfortunately in free throw shooting as well. Seems like a great kid.

    NA had no business losing that game but missed free throws will do that to you.

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    Bumbalough is a junior, by far a better athlete than Galloway. He wants to play football in college. Has already taken a recruiting visit to IU last fall and will be attending coach Allen’s camp this summer for on campus evaluation. Helluva wide receiver. We need to get on Gillis NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is getting big time offers from major colleges. Saw the Anderson kid play against Carmel and was not impressed. Have also seen the Brooks kid play a couple of times and is not as good as Gillis, plus he will bring baggage.

  • Oldguyy

    I was impressed by Galloway. I thought he had very good court awareness for a sophomore and a nose for the ball. And I wonder if he’s still 6-3 as he’s listed; he appeared to me to be taller than that. I can see why the staff is keeping an eye on him.

  • StudentHoosier

    For anybody who follow IHSAA hoops around the Indianapolis area, can i get an Explain it to Student Hoosier on Carmel? I feel like 7 is typically a pretty high number of losses for a state finalist. Usually it’s the Brownsburgs, Homesteads of the world with 3-5 losses. Anybody know about Carmel’s roster?

  • So IN Hoosier

    Basically everyone at New Castle is better than everyone else. We all got it, Steve.

  • Michael Forrester

    What about culver guard Ethan Britain watts?? That kid can play. Definitely a B10 guard.

  • TomEke

    247 Sports lists John-Michael Mulloy, a 6′ 9″ Center for Carmel and Butler Commit, as a 3-Star Prospect and the #7 recruit in the state of Indiana for the class of 2019.

    Otherwise, Carmel High School had 4,830 students, so I think they might be able to find a few other talented players to pair with him.

    For comparison, enrollment numbers from Semi-State (from U.S. News and World Report):
    New Albany: 1,988
    Riley: 1,140
    Carmel: 4,930
    Warren Central: 3,602

    4A in basketball covers a pretty broad spectrum of high school sizes (not that I am arguing in favor of class basketball).

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    RL ends up 4th on the all-time scoring list. Not too shabby.

    3 other players this year are on the Top 25 scoring list. Something’s in the water.

  • TomEke

    Thanks for taking the time to come here and trash a kid who is committed to come to IU next year. It’s always a good decision (sarcasm) to base your evaluation of a kid who has 2000+ career points on a game you watched where he is held to (likely a season low) 6 points vs a school 4 times the size of his.

    Regarding Keion Brooks, 247 sports has him ranked as a 5-star prospect and the #16 player in the class of 2019 (#1 in Indiana), while Gillis is a 3-star prospect and unranked in the class of 2019 (#6 in Indiana). I’m not gonna say you’re wrong, but you’re in the minority with an opinion that Gillis is the better prospect of the 2, let alone a better prospect than Damezi.

    Worth noting that Gillis is the only kid playing in 3A of the group.

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    Gillis is definitely better than Anderson and Brooks. I have coached basketball for over 35 years in Indiana and Tennessee and I feel that I know talent when I see it, and Gillis is a better talent than those 2 kids. But you can have your opinion.

  • timamac

    Wanted to Langford and Anderson in 4A championship and my Trojans in 3A championship.

  • timamac

    Hope you’re right about RL!!

  • timamac

    Yes, I hope IU goes after him big time and AM should know about what happens when New Castle players go to IU….Championships!

  • timamac

    He and NC played several 4A teams and beat most of them and Gillis dominated. Carmel won on a last second against NC on Carmel’s home floor.

  • timamac

    He’s right, from a proud Trojan! Lol

  • timamac

    Are you a Trojan also? I’m a Trojan ’82.

  • timamac

    I haven’t seen the other 2 kids, but no way is Gillis a 3 star. Easily 4 star and close if not already there, a 5 star.

  • inCMitrust

    Romeo would be a great addition for many reasons, but I’m not sure that Ryan Taylor wouldn’t be better on the court for the team next year.

  • Steve wallsmaddee77


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  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    Not worth a remark!!!!!!!!

  • jayrig5

    You better get in touch with all the D1 coaches who are interested in Galloway and let them know how wrong they are. And be quick about it too, you can’t waste time when it comes to criticizing high school kids!

  • jayrig5

    Yeah, obviously it’s hard to look bad when you’re putting up 28, but it’s hard to believe he’s not at least a mid-major player. If he keeps shooting it like that he definitely deserves B10 interest, which he may be getting, for all I know.

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    Slow down bud, not criticizing the kid, just noting what I observed watching him play.

  • Matt Miller

    Don’t know about B10, but the kid can play! Thought he was the best player on the floor Saturday.

  • Sowapatch

    Take this for what you will, but a daughter of a booster has told me Romeo has told IU coaching staff he is choosing IU. And, allegedly, Romeo’s girlfriend, a NKU soccer player, is transferring to IU. All signs pointing to an IU commitment.

  • marcusgresham

    I counted it up and if I remember correctly the bottom 38 schools in IHSAA enrollment could combine and not be as big as Carmel.

  • marcusgresham

    I also heard Anderson was sick as a dog Saturday.

  • Ms hoosier

    I also read that he was sick

  • Tobin Frost

    you do give a hard way to go on Anderson, and Brooks.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Ok. Sow I appreciate your information and hopefully it is correct. Many IU fans are hoping he comes here.

  • timamac

    Yes, I’m bias, but Gillis reminds me of Jim Jackson and Bumbalogh reminds me of Jordan Hulls.

  • timamac

    There are wrong about Gillis. He’s a late bloomer and only getting better.

  • So IN Hoosier

    Man, kind of wish they would’ve won last weekend. Now I can’t see the Bosse Bulldogs put it on a couple of 5 star players.

  • Lance76

    How about both. I really like the idea of Taylor for stability and that is by no means a knock on any other guard

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    You would have seen one 5 star for sure in Gillis!!!!!!!!! Get over it dud.

  • Oldguyy

    They always have a zillion good cross country runners, but their ethnic makeup may not be the best for basketball. Surprised Warren Central has that many students, and I grew up an eastsider.

  • jayrig5

    That’s by definition criticizing. It’s wholly unappealing to imagine someone logging on to tell the world why they think a 15/16 year-old kid is bad, or overrated, or will fail. I struggle with it enough when they’re college kids. Maybe instead you should use all the connections you’ve built from your 35 years of coaching basketball to get in touch with the D1 coaches recruiting these kids to share those observations. Let us know how that goes.

  • Guyton25

    He’d really be the face behind the next golden era for Indiana basketball. Romeo and Archie would cause a lot of players to consider IU more and it would set the ball of success rolling.

  • inCMitrust

    He was sick as a dog, didn’t practice all week, and barely played in the second half and not at all in the 4th quarter I believe. (2) Trashing our future players and recruits is bullshit. I’ve watched every clip I can on Gillis and I hope we get him. We are recruiting him, so what’s the issue Steve? Marcus responding to your comment and Steve at the same time.

  • HoosierDom

    If that’s true why would he be waiting to announce it?

  • inCMitrust

    Both works. There are 2 scholarships available.

  • inCMitrust

    The girlfriend story has been an open secret for a while now. I first heard it back in the fall. It does give me a little more hope on the Romeo front.

  • Hoosiernation1887

    According to my two seconds of research he currently holds offers from Miami of Ohio and IUPUI and has taken unofficial visits to Purdue and Wisconsin.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    I and done

  • Koko

    It is fun to watch guys like you go to great lengths to make themselves right and others wrong. Quite frankly I could care less how long you have coached and where. Makes me wonder why you are in here and not on a college bench as an assistant coach….you sure sound like you know all there is to know about basketball. Have you talked to coach Archie recently? Sounds like you think he needs some help in recruiting.