COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No matter who you're playing, if you score over 50 points in a game, you can flat out HOOP.
Notching the first 50 ball of the season in the area on Tuesday night, Granville Christian junior wing Joe Benvie exploded for 51 points in an 83-73 league win over Northside Christian.
Meaning business from the opening tip, Benvie got the fun started in the first quarter when he accounted for 23 of his team's 26 points in the quarter, connecting on three triples and seven two-point field goals in the frame.
Taking no steps backwards in the second, the junior wing continued to light it up by dropping 16 points in the quarter to give himself 39 at the break as the Lions held a comfortable 53-39 lead.
While he slowed down bit in the second half, Benvie still managed 11 points in the final sixteen minutes and made the most of some big free throw opportunities late to seal the win for his squad.
A player who has been putting up solid numbers all season, we hope to get our eyes on Benvie at some point during the final few months of the year as we came away very impressed with him in two viewings last year.
Although he plays at a smaller school where competition isn't as fierce as it is in larger leagues, Benvie is an absolute killer who, well, scored 39 points in one half last night.
While he put together the best individual outing we have seen so far this season, there were several other outbursts on Tuesday night, so let's take a look at some of the other stars of the night.
Isaac Ward (5'10 G / Logan Elm / 2021): Making his second straight appearance in stars of the night, Ward is much higher on the list this time around. Going off in a big league game against Liberty Union, the senior guard did what he does best, taking over late to help his team secure an overtime win in which he dropped 39 points in. A three level scorer with great strength and quickness, Ward scored from all over the floor again last night, nailing five triples and connecting on four two-point field goals. However, the most impressive part of this scoring outburst from Ward is the fact that he went 16-for-16 at the line, not missing out on a single opportunity in a game where his team needed elite execution late to come out victorious. A scoring machine who has value on the defensive end as well, Ward is a prospect in need of a home as he is one of the more under the radar stars in the area.
Kylan McClain (5'10 G / Miller / 2022): While Miller is a school who does not play in our area tournament, they joined the MSL-Cardinal division prior to this season and are playing lots of games in the area due to the change. In a tough loss to Grove City Christian on Tuesday night, Miller junior guard Kylan McClain gave the Eagles everything that they could handle, dropping 34 points to lead all scorers in the contest. McClain nailed four triples, and converted on eight free throws, taking advantage of Grove City Christian being without freshman guard Caleb Ransom, one of their top players. While we have never covered a Miller game, McClain might be the reason we see the Falcons for the first time ever at some point.
Josh Burke (6'5 PF / Fisher Catholic / 2021): The only player on this list who made it without hitting any three-pointers in their game, Burke put together a solid showing on the interior on Tuesday night by finishing with 29 points in a 68-49 league win over Fairfield Christian. Burke connected on twelve two-point field goals, five free throws and was virtually unstoppable the entire game as he produced in every single quarter for the Irish. With a solid senior duo of Burke and Alex Bronder, Fisher Catholic is a team with a great shot to win a district title in Division IV this season.
Seth Vaughn (5'8 WG / Grove City Christian / 2024): Dueling it out with McClain on Tuesday night, Vaughn may not have scored the game-high, but more importantly, his team got the win. Stepping up in the absence of Caleb Ransom, the freshman guard exploded for 26 points for Grove City Christian. He hit three triples, which is where he excels most, and also converted on four shots from inside the arc while knocking down nine free throws at the line. Vaughn is a streaky shooter who can really light it up when he catches fire as the freshman also went for 29 points in a win over Northside Christian earlier in the season. One of two freshmen that Grove City Christian is very excited about, Vaughn has a chance to put up some big numbers for the Eagles in coming years.