The North Platte High School boys' basketball team cruised past Lexington on Friday to win its ninth straight game 59-31."I thought our transition game sparked us," said NPHS coach Matt Kaminski. "We got transition buckets which was our goal. I thought we attacked their traps well and got a lot of buckets."
The Bulldogs (16-5) took a 7-0 lead just over three minutes left in the game after Kade Erickson made a three-pointer.
Jack Kenny and Drew Callaghan scored the next two baskets on layups from the fast break to make it an 11-0 start before Lewis Lewis scored the first bucket for Lexington (5-19) with just over two minutes left in the quarter.
North Platte led 18-6 at the end of the first quarter and the Dawgs scored the first basket of the second with Callaghan slamming it home with a two-handed dunk after receiving an in-bound pass from Kenny. It was the second dunk of the night for the 6-foot-7 junior who had a one-handed jam in the last minute of the first.
From there, the Bulldogs continued to expand the lead. The score was 33-15 at halftime and 47-23 at the end of the third.
Kaminski said that his team did what it had to do on defense.
"Lex didn't play as physical but we had to make sure to contest every shot," Kaminski said.
Lexington 6 9 8 8 - 31
North Platte 18 15 14 12 - 59
Lexington (31)-Arliss Alvarez 2, Brody Lauby 3, Trevor McKeone 2, Marco Muniz 3, Lewis Lewis 8, Kody Kenton 5, Ted Berke 8
North Platte (59)-Shane Mauch 10, Alec Wesslund 2, Bradey Anderson 2, Kade Erickson 6, Jack Kenny 12, Drew Callaghan 16, Nick Wilkinson 1, Luke Wright 10
Free Throws: L 1-6, NP 12-16; Three Point Goals: L 4 (Berke 2, Lauby, Muniz), NP 5 (Mauch 2, Erickson 2, Kenny)