A Basketball Record That Has Never Been Broken

On this day 49 years ago in Mason High School boys basketball history, Comet guard Ed Kelley poured in 51 points in a 79-71 win over Loveland.  On February 22, 1970 The 5’11” guard shot 83% from the field and 100% from the free throw line.  Kelley was 20 of 24 from the field and 11 of 11 from charity stripe.  This amazing scoring output was done without the help of the three point line which was still years away from adoption in Ohio High School basketball. 

Four years later Kelley would help lead Furman University to the Sweet 16 as a starting point guard.  Kelley’s Furman squad knocked off South Carolina who was stocked with future NBA stars Alex English, Brian Winters, and Mike Dunleavy. 

Kelley’s 51 point game still stands as a Mason basketball scoring record and Kelley is still Mason’s all time leading scorer.  The Mason High School Athletic Department is working on plans to honor Kelley next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this amazing basketball accomplishment.