Flexing the net early and often, the Minutemen were able to hold off the last ditch efforts of the Dusters to see Lexington earn a 54-46 rivalry victory over host Holdrege on Thursday.
Getting off to a fast start was the name of the game for Lexington, as the Orange and Black showcased great offensive continuity to net an 18-10 lead at the end of the first quarter of play.
The Minutemen offense continued to prosper in the second quarter, as the action on the hardwood slowed greatly with strong defense reigning supreme for much of the eight minutes. The Orange and Black were able to increase their lead to 28-16 at the halftime break, by outscoring the Dusters 10-6 during the period.
Benefitting greatly from their intermission adjustments, the Holdrege offense starting catching fire and were able to keep pace with the Minutemen during the stanza, as both Lexington and the Dusters netted 14 points in the third quarter of play to make the scoreboard shine 42-30 heading into the final quarter of regulation.
With their backs against the wall in hopes of defending their home hardwood, the Dusters were able to outscore Lexington (16-12) during the final period. It wasn’t enough though, as the Minutemen were ‘money in the bank’ down the stretch to ice the 54-46 victory for the Lexington hoopsters.
For the contest, the Minutemen shot 40 percent from the field and committed just 10 turnovers.
Lexington Senior Lewis Lewis scored a game-high 23 points and ripped down 10 rebounds.
Minuteman Trevor McKeone posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
From his guard position, Arliss Alvarez netted nine points and five rebounds.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Lexington 18 10 14 12 54
Holdrege 10 6 14 16 46
Lexington: Lewis Lewis 23, Trevor McKeone 10, Arliss Alvarez 9, Brody Lauby 4, Marco Muniz 3, Ted Berke 3, Kolin Kenton 2.