Geneva senior guard Cole Navigato has earned Daily Herald MVP honors for his recent high school boys basketball efforts.
Cole Navigato, Geneva: This 6-foot-5, 175-pound guard fueled a game-changing, 7-0, fourth-quarter run that lifted Geneva to a 59-51 win over rival Batavia. The senior converted a traditional 3-point play to tie the game at 41-41. He then dunked to give the Vikings the lead. He subsequently assisted on cutting teammate Mitch Mascari's bucket for a 4-point lead. Navigato finished with a game-high 24 points as Geneva (9-0) matched its best start since 2000.
Glenbard South, Charlie Bair: A double-double machine, the 6-foot-6 senior center eclipsed Jeff Dobie's program record of 435 rebounds. Bair scored 16 points with 18 rebounds in a 48-45 win over Aurora Central. Needing 7 to tie Dobie's mark, Bair grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 15 points in a 64-57 win over IC Catholic Prep.
Michael Bens, Lake Zurich: With leading scorer Ryan Kutsor going to the bench early in the game with a hand injury, the senior guard took over with a hot hand. Bens scored a career- and game-high 25 points, as the Bears edged Warren 51-48 in overtime. His fourth 3-pointer of the game accounted for the only points by either team in OT.
Ryan Davis, Conant: The Cougars' 6-foot-8 junior forward played a big role in a pair of weekend victories. On Friday, he helped Conant bounce back from its first MSL West loss by scoring 11 points in a victory against Barrington. Then, on Saturday, Davis scored a team-high 18 points as the Cougars handed Benet Academy a 52-48 defeat.