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Lyman Ward hoops cracks AISA top-10

Published 5:40pm Thursday, January 19, 2012

“Rangers lead the way” is the motto for Lyman Ward Military Academy, and for the first time this season, the Rangers basketball team has reached the top-10 in AISA play with an 11-2 record.

“Our goal is to win a state title and nothing less,” LWMA head basketball coach Dwayne Thomas said.
“This years team has a lot of continuity that I think is paying off for us more this year than it has in the past.

The No. 10 ranked Rangers are led by 6-foot-3 point guard Dillan McMullen, who is averaging 13.8 points per game to go along with seven rebounds and five assists

“Dillon is unquestionably our main driving force,” Thomas said.
“He takes control of the game and manages our offense very well.”

To go along with the ball handling of McMullen is the shooting tandem of Jared Gustin and Robert Ristanoe, as the duo shoots for a combined 62 percent from behind the arc.

With McMullen, Gustin, and Rstanoe taking most of the offensive duties, guard DeWayne Pritchett is the defensive stalwart for the Rangers, as LWMA is only giving up 35 points per game defensively.

“DeWayne is our lock down defender on that side of the court,” Thomas said.
“We lacked defensively last year and this year we are a defensive minded team first and an offensive team second.”

With a plethora of players on the roster for the first time in the last two years, Thomas says the continuity has been key.

“With players that come in and out of the program, it is hard to be stable, but this year we have the same guys as last year and it’s really working for us,” Thomas said.

The Rangers will look for another victory tonight when they to the road to face Springwood.