There was a little early frustration Tuesday night for Riley Lewis when his shots weren’t falling.
The Williamston senior point guard kept shooting and the results eventually got better.
Lewis turned in one of the top scoring games in the history of the Holiday Hoops Invitational to lead the Hornets to an 80-62 victory over Troy Athens at Lansing Community College’s Gannon Gym.
Lewis finished with a career-high 42 points and added six assists while being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
“He’s unbelievable and to have a point guard of that caliber is great to have on the team,” Williamston coach Jason Bauer said.
Lewis rebounded from a slow start to make 14 of his 26 shots from the field and help the Hornets improve to 4-1 ahead of next week’s contest against East Lansing.
“Usually those pull-up (jump shots), no one gives me those shots,” Lewis said. “I was like ‘Wow, they are giving them to me.’ And then I started missing them (early). A couple of them fell, and in the second half I really started feeling it.”
Despite the best scoring game of his high school career, Lewis was most pleased with the way Williamston performed as a team in the victory.
“We played great as a team and we played hard,” Lewis said. “This is the first time I felt as if we played hard as a team.
“I’m most proud of the team win. Guys shared the ball and we played well and we worked hard.”
Lewis had help from his teammates Tuesday as senior Kurtis Kodet had 14 points and 11 rebounds and sophomore Frankie Toomey added 11 points and four rebounds. Promising freshman Sean Cobb scored eight points and blocked a few shots for the Hornets, who have won three straight since an overtime loss to Lansing Catholic.
Williamston led 37-29 in the early stages of the second half when a foul followed by a technical by Troy Athens (0-4) proved to be a major swing. That turned into a six-point possession for the Hornets and included Toomey and Lewis both making a pair of free throws. Lewis capped the possession by hitting a jump shot and had a hot hand after the intermission. He made three 3-pointers during a third quarter where he scored 15 points.
“I thought that was a big swing for us and just kind of took the wind out of our sails,” Troy Athens coach David Scott said. “We responded, but every time we kind of got close it seemed like (Lewis) made a play. We just didn’t have an answer for him. He played well.”
Justin Koch had 15 points to lead Troy Athens and was named to the all-tournament team.
WALLED LAKE WESTERN 38, OKEMOS 37: Chaz Richardson had 13 points and was named to the all-tournament team for Okemos, which dropped to 1-3 with its setback to Walled Lake Western in Tuesday’s final contest.
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