Using a big scoring second half, the Lexington Minutemen were able to surge into the lead and gain a 47-37 victory over host Gothenburg in a Thursday night season opening showdown on the hardwood.
The score remained close throughout the first eight minutes of the contest. Defense was strong, as the Minutemen and Swedes went ‘toe-to-toe’ and ended the first quarter knotted at 6-6.
Using their height advantage in the paint, the Gothenburg offense was able to prosper in the second stanza to snare the lead 18-14 at the end of the first half of play.
Hitting the floor running, coming out of the intermission would be an understatement when describing Lexington’s effort in the third quarter. The Minutemen outscored Gothenburg 15-4 with a fast-paced attack that resulted in the Orange grabbing the lead 29-22 when the horn finally sounded on the end of the third period.
Lexington continued to play with confidence on the offensive end to hold off the challenges and comeback efforts of the Swedes during the final eight minutes of regulation. The Minutemen were able to gain three-points of insurance during the fourth quarter to win 47-37 over Gothenburg in a Highway 30 rivalry contest.
The Minutemen held a slight edge over Gothenburg 35-30 in field goal percentage for the contest. The Swedes were able to win the rebounding battle 39-33 over Lexington.
The biggest difference maker in the contest was Lexington only committing 10 turnovers while the Swedes totaled 26 miscues in the contest.
Lexington’s Lewis Lewis led the Orange with 18 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and a trio of steals.
Getting his sophomore season started off quite well, Trevor McKeone dropped in 13 points and six caroms for the Minutemen offense.
Seniors Ted Berke and Arliss Alvarez chipped in with eight and six points for the Orange.
Gothenburg center Tanner Borchardt was a forced to be reckoned with in the paint. Borchardt netted a game-high 20 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.
In his first varsity outing, freshman Dawson Graham pumped in eight points for the Swedes offense.
Ross Ostendorf contributed greatly for Gothenburg with six points and four assists.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Lexington 6 8 15 18 47
Gothenburg 6 12 4 15 37
Lexington: Lewis Lewis 18, Trevor McKeone 13, Ted Berke 8, Arliss Alvarez 6, Brody Lauby 2.
Gothenburg: Tanner Borchardt 20, Dawson Graham 8, Ross Ostendorf 6, Adam Speck 2, Nathan Graham 1.