YORK – The York boys overwhelmed Lex from the jump Saturday night and won large in the Duke Dome, 82-29.
An injury sidelined Ty Danielson for a few minutes early in the game and that turned out to be bad news for Lex … very bad … when Evan Neville came off the bench for a quick two - give the assist to Leighton Thomas - then an even quicker three for the game's first five points.
Jonah Otte got a bunny off the break and drained an offensive rebound, the latter at the 5:00 mark. When Danielson, having made his return, hit a two off the break with an assist from Neville it was 11-zip Dukes.
Danielson added insult to injury by passing to himself on an inbounds play under the Duke bucket. How? The savvy junior bounced the inbounds pass off a Lex defender, stepped onto the court, grabbed the ball and put it in for two. Danielson, fouled on the play to boot, swished the free throw to make it 17-4.
And so it went for the Minutemen, who did not score double-figures in any individual quarter. Meanwhile, Coach Scott Lamberty's Dukes netted 23, 19, 13 and, in the fourth quarter with the subs taking over, a knife-twisting 27.
By the time the end came the Dukes had 11 of 12 players in the scoring column led by Danielson's 24 on three 2-pointers, five treys and 3-3 free throws. Neville added 14 and Ryan Dolan had 10 on a night that saw the Dukes fire in 13 3-pointers and go 11-19 at the stripe.
“I thought our kids did an outstanding job bringing energy that carried through for a great first half,” said Lamberty. “I thought we defended their 3-point shooters very well and really forced Lexington to play fast. We hit a few shots early and really got confidence that was a key to the rest of the night.”
The Dukes were 13-21 on threes and 16-29 inside the arc.
“That's an amazing night shooting the basketball and I thought that was due in large part to us making the extra pass to the open man,” said the coach.
York pulled down 36 rebounds to 23 for Lex, “But I thought we still gave up too many offensive rebounds,” Lamberty said, but noted the team is blocking out better and better.
“We shared the ball very well as we had several players with multiple assists,” including Dolan with eight to which Danielson and Otte added four each. Those four “really passed well on dribble penetration. I thought Leighton Thomas and Evan Neville were two big keys in our early success as they both had a couple steals and Evan Neville scored 12 points early in the first half. That really got us going quickly,” he said, adding, “Jared Miller also had another solid game with eight points, seven rebounds and four blocks.
“It was a good win for us and I think we are improving each and every practice and each and every game and I'm proud of the kids for their hard work.”
York (1-2) picked up its first win of the season. The Dukes host Aurora this Friday. The Minutemen (2-2) visit Grand Island Northwest on Saturday.
Score by quarters
Lexington (2-2)............................7 5 8 9 – 29
York (1-3)...........................23 19 13 27 – 82
Lexington (29) – Gutierrez 0 2-2 2, Lauby 2 (1) 0-0 5, McKeone 2 2-2 6, Muniz 2 (1) 1-2 6, Kody Kenton 0 6-14 6, Gallegos 0 0-2 0, Kolin Kenton 2 0-3 4. Totals – 8 (2) 11-29 29.
York (82) – Woodruff 0 2-2 2, Thomas 3 (1) 1-1 8, Miller 4 0-0 8, Zumpfe 1 (1) 0-2 3, Loreman 0 1-2 1, Suddarth 1 1-4 3, Dolan 3 (2) 2-3 10, Neville 5 (3) 1-2 14, Fletcher 1 (1) 0-0 3, Otte 3 0-0 6, Danielson 8 (5) 3-3 14. Totals – 29 (13) 11-19 82.