Together again: Noah Benedict, Cory Noe compete in All-Star Game

Chad Benedict retired from coaching the Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs boys' basketball after the past season ended, but last Saturday he got one more chance to coach again.

Not only did he coach again, but he also gotto coach two Bulldogs: Cory Noe and Noah Benedict.

Noah Benedict and Noe were selected for the Class 3A/4A South team in the IBCA All-Star Game at Pontiac Township High School.

Chad Benedict was chosen to coach the team.

In their last time together as coach and players, the three went out winners.

The South team defeated the North 129-121.

"It was a fun weekend to be part of and get the chance to coach Cory and Noah one more time," Chad Benedict said. "The IBCA All-Star Game was a great experience. Despite lacking significant size on the 3A/4A South team, we were able to make some threes and win the game."

Cory Noe, who scored more than 1,000 points in his prep career, is scheduled to join the Illinois Wesleyan University basketball team in the fall.

"Cory and Noah both played really well," Chad Benedict said. "They both played very similar to how they played all year. Cory was able to score in a variety of ways. He really was able to showcase what an elite scorer he is, by driving to the basket and finishing on bigger players. His ball handling was really good, too."

Noe has been in the gym working out with Todd Metzger, MSHS alum and former head manager of the University of Illinois men's basketball team.

"Todd has done a great job of continuing to feed Cory's passion to improve and be a collegiate player," Chad Benedict said.

He finished his senior year averaging 21.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He averaged 19.6 points per game as a junior.

Noah Benedict also played a solid game and had to do most of it (uncharacteristically in an all-star game) on the defensive end.

"Since our tallest player was 6 feet, 5 inches, Noah did his thing and guarded 6 feet, 7 inch and 6-feet, 10-inch guys. He really did a good job and rebounded extremely well. He did a great job of facilitating the fast break once he got the rebound and racked up several assists in the open court."

Other area players included Unity's J.T. Whee-ler, Champaign Central's A'Kieon Gill and Danville's Day'len Davis-Williams.

"Cory and Noah represented themselves, their families and Bulldog Basketball at a very high level," Chad Benedict said. "The Apollo Conference had four players on the team. I think that gives you an idea of the quality of players in our conference."

Former IBCA All-Star participants include the Miami Heat NBA Finals MVP Dwayne Wade (Oak Lawn Richards), the Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (Springfield's Lanphier), Shaun Livingston (Peoria Central), Toronto Raptors' Fred Van Vleet (Rockford Auburn) and Portland Trailblazers' Evan Turner (Westchester St. Joseph).

"The IBCA did a great job of running a first-class event," Chad Benedict said. "I appreciated the opportunity to coach the game and work with so many good young people."

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