Hastings High boys basketball coach Lance Creech felt he got 32 minutes of focused effort out of his team Saturday night against Lexington.
It was a key component to the Tigers' 64-48 win over the Minutemen.
"I thought we had a better focused effort than them. Thirty-two minutes of focus has kind of been our Achilles' heel," Creech said. "We haven't done a good job of continuing to play through the ebbs and flows of a game in the past, so that was nice to see tonight."
Despite the 16-point scoring difference, the Minutemen kept the Tigers on their toes for the full 32 minutes.
After Hastings High surged to an 11-point first quarter lead, Lexington was able to slow down the Tigers and cut their lead to seven by halftime.
Coming out of the half, the third quarter saw Hastings High build double digit leads several times, but as soon as it seemed as if the Tigers were going to break the game open, Lexington would go on scoring run.
To Creech, it was issues on offense that allowed the Minutemen to stay within striking distance.
"We charted it, and whenever they would go on a run, we didn't have a paint touch," Creech said. "That's something we've been trying to emphasize in practices and games, but that's the biggest thing right now. We got to be more consistent on getting paint touches."