Best Game: Seymour 54 Jeffersonville 53 OT
The only overtime game in the entire sectional, host Seymour upset the favorite Jeff Red Devils. The Jeff squad was without head coach Joe Luce, who “ was placed on administrative leave Tuesday in relation to his position as JHS’s Dean of Students” per News & Tribune. Seymour senior Tyler Bloom had five three-pointers in the opening game, including the one to tie it in regulation with about two seconds left. Senior Alan Perry, who led the Owls with 18 points, converted a three point play to put the Owls up 54-52 with nine seconds left. Jeff frosh guard Jacob Jones went one of two from the charity stripe with three seconds left to put the Red Devils down one, until a half court shot went wayward and ended Jeffersonville’s season. This was the only game of the sectional to be within 16 points in the final margin.
Honorable Mention: New Albany vs. Floyd Central, tied 35-35 going into the 4th quarter.
Best Player: Romeo Langford, New Albany
Being the only player to score 20+ points in any game in the Seymour sectional, and doing it twice earns you this award. Langford averaged 26.7 PPG and 8.0 RPG through all three games. In the championship, the junior guard fought through the Highlanders stifling defense to eclipse 2,000 points for his career, becoming 47th in the state’s all time scoring list.
Honorable Mention: Sean East, New Albany: 18 points in the championship game, combined with Langford to score 13 of New Albany’s 19 fourth quarter points.
Most Impressive Team: Floyd Central Highlanders
Holding a lead at halftime over #1 New Albany and being tied going into the fourth quarter is no small feat. The Highlanders proved to all of the state that they deserve to be considered as a top team. After losing by 23 back in December to the Bulldogs they bounced back in the sectional championship locked in a dogfight with the defending state champions. Losing seniors Trevor Apple and Tyler Kimm will hurt, but Floyd’s two leading scorers, Luke Gohmann and Cobie Barnes, will look for revenge next year as seniors.
Honorable Mention: Seymour Owls: Upset favorite Jeffersonville in opening round