Scottsbluff’s Dru Kuxhausen (0) drives to the basket during Thursday night’s game against Lexington. Kuxhausen scored 32 points in the Bearcats' 78-29 win.

An overwhelming start helped the Scottsbluff boys basketball team cruise to a 78-29 rout of Lexington during the opening round of the East-West Shootout on Thursday night at Scottsbluff High School.

The Bearcats, who are ranked No. 4 in Class B by the Omaha World-Herald, bolted to a 37-7 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in picking up their 16th win of the season.

“We came out faster than we have been. It was good to see us move the ball a little quicker,” Scottsbluff head coach Tony Siske said. “We have been a little stagnant lately, but when we move our bodies and get the ball swung from side to side it puts a lot of pressure on people.”

Applying much of that pressure on the Minuteman defense was Scottsbluff guard Dru Kuxhausen, who erupted for 32 points with a whopping seven 3-pointers. Jonah Wright, Landon Walker and Dillon Hernandez followed with 12 points each. Wright hit four treys for the Bearcats.

The win helped Scottsbluff bounce back from a tough loss at No. 3 Sidney on Saturday. After mustering just 43 points in that contest, the Bearcats surpassed that total in the first half against the Minutemen.

Scottsbluff was hitting on all cylinders throughout the opening 16 minutes. The Bearcats knocked down 11 3-pointers in the half in building a comfortable 54-17 halftime advantage. As well as the Bearcats looked on offense, their defense was just as solid. After allowing just 17 points in the first half, Scottsbluff held Lexington to only 12 in the second half.

“We were really on our toes defensively and moved well on that end,” Siske said. “We rebounded the ball well and that started transitions for us, especially during that first quarter.”

A running clock was enforced for much of the second half as Scottsbluff’s lead ballooned to over 40.

Even with the impressive win, Siske said there are ways the team can continue to improve.

“Right now there are a few things defensively that we can work on,” he said. “For us it comes down to doing your job. We really did that tonight and played pretty darn well.”

Trevor McKeone and Andrew Saiz scored seven points to lead the Minutemen in scoring.

Scottsbluff (16-3) will be right back in action at home Friday when the Bearcats host McCook. Lexington will travel to Gering.

Lexington (5-15) ............................ 7 10 9 3 — 29

Scottsbluff (16-3) ........................... 37 17 18 6 — 78

LEXINGTON: Junior Mora 2, Jonas Martin 2, Trevor McKeone 7, Easton Young 1, Andrew Saiz 7, Clay Hernandez 2, Caleb Lamby 3, Williams Mendoza 5.

SCOTTSBLUFF: Dru Kuxhausen 32, Evan Huges 4, Jonah Wright 12, Dillon Hernandez 12, Matthew Holloway 4, Landon Walker 12, Blake Wilberger 2.

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