Riley Lewis was busy trying to help the Williamston boys basketball team wrap up a victory when someone in the stands caught his attention.
“My boy Tony Palmer – he’s my best friend – was in the stands and he was yelling at me,” Lewis said. “And I was like, ‘What?’ He said ‘Two more. For 40 you’ve got to get two more.’ I didn’t know, and I had no idea (I was close to 40 points until then).”
Lewis wound up scoring four more points that day and finished with a career-best 42 points during Williamston’s 80-62 victory over Troy Athens in last week’s Holiday Hoops Invitational at Lansing Community College’s Gannon Gym.
The scoring outburst led to Lewis being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. And that was the latest strong performance in what’s been a strong start to the season for Lewis, who was voted the LSJ prep athlete of the week.
Through six games, Lewis is averaging 29.8 points for the Hornets, who are 4-2 . He’s increased his scoring from a dominant junior season where he averaged nearly 23 points while helping Williamston capture a share of the CAAC White title.
“He’s so quick. You watch him at the games and he can go around guys and he’s able to jump a little bit higher this year,” Williamston coach Jason Bauer said. “He’s elevated his game that way where he can dribble drive. You don’t know if he’s going to pick it up or go in for a layup. His game has definitely gotten even a lot better than last year, and his game last year was good. It’s nice to see that. It’s great to have a point guard of that caliber on the team.”
Lewis had scored at least 27 points in each of Williamston’s games until being limited to 17 points by East Lansing in a 78-37 loss Tuesday. He and the Hornets will try to bounce back Friday when Williamston hosts Eaton Rapids in a CAAC White contest.
“For the young guys this was kind of their first taste of a really hostile environment,” Lewis said following Tuesday’s loss. “Getting kicked in the butt isn’t always all that bad. I think we can bounce back and show that that game is behind us. We still have to learn from it in a positive way and not dwell on it in a negative way.”
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