LEXINGTON — The Minutemen put an exclamation point on a bounce back weekend Saturday night.
Cade Stover led a balanced attack with 14 points as Lexington knocked off previously unbeaten Clyde 63-45 at Lexington.
Lex (3-2) had lost two straight before dispatching Sandusky on Friday. Saturday’s lopsided victory over the talented Fliers (4-1) helped put some fears to rest.
“This was a huge weekend for us,” Lexington coach Scott Hamilton said. “Your back is not against the wall after game three, but at the same time we weren’t playing the way we wanted to play.
“We’re happy to come out of it with two wins.”
Like in Friday’s victory, Lex leaned on its stingy defense against Clyde. The Minutemen forced 19 turnovers which led to 21 points while limiting the Fliers to 33 percent shooting from the field.
“It all started for us on the defensive end,” Hamilton said. “The guys worked hard all week and we came out a little more focused.”
Stover did most of his damage in the first quarter, scoring 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting. The 6-foot-5 forward knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as the Minutemen opened a 16-11 lead. Lex’s advantage ballooned to 33-19 at the half as Jacob Depperschmidt scored eight first-half points.
“Those two losses were a wake-up call,” Depperschmidt said. “I think we found our strike this weekend.”
Lexington iced it in the third quarter, outscoring the Fliers 18-9 for a 51-28 lead. The Minutemen closed the quarter on a 9-0 run. Reserves Kaydan Berry and Nick Stehle both came up big during the stretch, helping Lexington to a 17-6 advantage in bench scoring.
“When you’re number gets called, you’ve got to be ready,” Hamilton said. “In the two losses, we substituted and guys just weren’t focused. I don’t know what it was.
“When you’re on the bench, you can watch and get mentally prepared and I think they did that tonight.”
Kyle Johnston added nine points for Lexington, while Berry had eight. Ben Vore had seven points and Stehle and Josh Aiello added six points apiece.
Derick Harrah led Clyde with 12 points. Camaron Farrar added 11.