LEXINGTON — Before the season started, Columbus High head boys basketball coach Jimmy Motz saw Friday’s game at Lexington as one of his team's toughest road trips.
It came at the end of a five-game stretch when the Discoverers didn’t play at home and was the night before a huge home contest against district rival Aurora.
Columbus (8-4), a ratings contender in Class B, put together its best performance of the season in a 76-48 thrashing of Lexington (7-6).
“I never saw that coming,” Motz said. “That was about as complete a game as our five senior starters have played.”
“It was fun to watch.”
The Minutemen came into the game with a 5-1 record at home, allowing just under 44 points per game. The Discoverers blew past that in the first half.
From the opening tip, Columbus imposed its will. The Discoverers led 19-9 after eight minutes of play.
“We set a tone to start the game,” Motz said.
Columbus scored 27 points in the second quarter to take a 46-28 advantage at the break.
Motz challenged his team to not let up and continue to extend its lead in the second half. The Discoverers did just that, outscoring Lexington 25-4 in the third quarter and leading 71-32 going into the final period.
It all started with Columbus’ defense, which created runouts and easy baskets. The offense flowed off that.
Telegram Super Senior Michael Koch scored 20 points to lead four Discoverers in double figures.
“He seemed a step ahead of everybody all night,” Motz said.
Andy Pike added 17 points, Blake Petersen scored 13 and Jaz Ackerson chipped in 10.
It’s Columbus’ fourth win in a row after a three-game losing streak and Motz thinks his team is hitting a groove entering the season’s toughest stretch.
“I think we’ve turned a corner,” he said.
The Discoverers’ next four games come against three rated Class B schools and Class A ratings contender Grand Island.
First up is No. 4 Aurora (9-2) at home Saturday.