Madison Academy 75, Piedmont 51: Joshua Langford dominates as Mustangs roll to Class 3A championship

  • 02/27 - 5:30 PM Boys BasketballFinal
    Madison Academy 75
    Piedmont 51
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It won't take you long to count semifinal win over Montgomery Academy on Thursday.

"It felt good," Langford said. "Like coach said. "We had so much adversity early in the season. We found a way. It was great to come back in the state championship game and start it off right."

Second-ranked Madison Academy (18-12) shot a blistering 60.7 percent (17 of 28) from the field, including 7 of 13 3-point attempts, in the first half while building a 44-17 lead. Seven Mustangs combined to hit 10 of 21 from downtown for the game.

"I think we played with a high level of confidence," Madison Academy coach Andy Blackston said. "And what you saw was guys making the extra pass. That's what leads to rhythm threes. Everybody in the gym felt like that's the shot that should be taken. And that starts with unselfishness."

Darnell Jackson scored 17 points to lead Piedmont (22-12), which was making its first championship game appearance since 1936.

Madison Academy coach Andy Blackston, center, with Joshua Langford, left, and Myles Parker during the postgame press conference. (Daniel Boyette/dboyette@al.com)

-- Star of the game: Langford, without a doubt. Just as important as his stat line is what he didn't do: He committed just one foul after early foul trouble landed him on the bench for the final nine minutes of the first half against Montgomery Academy. He also committed only one turnover.

-- By The Numbers: 4 - Blocks by Madison Academy's Taylor Hayes

Daniel Boyette covers Huntsville region high school sports for The Alabama Media Group and The Huntsville Times. Write to him at dboyette@al.com.