Eastern Hancock (Charlottesville) junior Victor Vincz scored 52 points and Alexandria senior Mitch Yeagy had 51 in visiting Eastern Hancock’s 92-91 victory.
It is believed to be the first time two Indiana prep players have scored 50 or more points in the same game, according to Indiana High School Athletic Association sports information director Jason Wille.
“It was kind of a ho-hum, weekday nonconference game going into it,” Eastern Hancock coach Aaron Spaulding said. “Then it turned into a crazy night.”
Unlike the 1959 game, which featured two of the most prolific high school scorers of the era (Pavy scored 51 points and Rayl 49 in New Castle’s 92-81 win), Vincz and Yeagy are relatively unknown outside of their area. Their teams are hardly juggernauts, either, as Eastern Hancock was 9-8 entering the game and Alexandria 9-9.
But right from the start it was anything but an ordinary game. Vincz, a 5-10 guard, scored 18 points in the first quarter and finished 17-for-25 from the field, 7-for-8 from the 3-point line and 11-for-12 from the free-throw line. The 52-point explosion pushed his season average to 17.4 per game and broke the school single-game record of 42 points, set by Dustin Smith last season.
“If you would have asked me after the game, I would have thought he had about 30 points,” Spaulding said. “He wasn’t just out there gunning.”
With its lineup ravaged by illness and injury, Alexandria needed all of Yeagy’s production. The 5-8 guard had a Reggie Miller-like eight-point burst in the final 30 seconds and finished 15-for-22 from the field, 4-for-7 from the 3-point line and 17-for-21 from the free-throw line.
“It was a great game to watch,” Alexandria coach Steve Brunes said. “Obviously the defense wasn’t great or nobody scores 50. But it’s a game people will remember.”