Cody Benson leads Bingham to first round win

Bingham guard Cody Benson has worked his tail off for a moment like Tuesday’s 5A first round playoff game against Hunter.

Bingham’s leading scorer most of the year, Benson scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the 59-45 victory over Hunter at the Maverik Center.

The fact he scored 19 points and only made two 3-pointers speaks to his dedication and hard work to become a more versatile scorer throughout the season instead of just relying on his 3-point shooting.

“Cody’s been a good shooter, but he’s spent hours and hours and hours this summer and fall shooting more than anyone we’ve ever had,” said Bingham coach Mark Dubach. “It’s obviously made him an unbelievable scorer, but at the same token then you’ve got to deal with the pressure of guys out guarding you when you’re the guy. That’s the role he wanted, he worked for it and he earned it.”

Benson is averaging 15.0 ppg this year, and ranks third in 5A with 2.7 3-pointers per game.

His next challenge is to find a way to get it done against top notch teams, something he’ll get an opportunity to do in the quarterfinals against West Jordan this Thursday.

Bingham has played five games against 5A’s big three this year, one against West Jordan and two against Lone Peak and American Fork. In those five games Benson’s  scored 11, 15, 6, 9 and 11 respectively.

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