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Rangers reign: Ristoneo’s 17 helps push LWMA to 16-2

Published 10:25am Friday, January 25, 2013

By Ed Bailey

Lyman Ward Military Academy head basketball coach Dwayne Thomas said his team would have to start fast in order to beat Springwood.
The Rangers apparently got the memo, as they opened the game with 13 unanswered points and cruised to a 57-33 drubbing of Springwood.
The win pushes the Rangers’ record to 16-2 on the year and is their fifth win in the last seven outings.
Robert Ristoneo, who returned to the lineup following an injury, led the Rangers with 17 points. 15 of them came by way of the three-ball.
Ristoneo opened the game with two straight long-balls.
“He’s one of my big players,” Thomas said of Ristoneo. “Every time my guards play well, everybody plays well. We wanted to come out and get it over with early.”
The three-pointer was a lethal asset for the Rangers, who employed it throughout the game.
“We’ve been working extremely hard all week,” Thomas said. “We don’t rely on the three but when it’s going, it’s going.”
Thomas said the win, and the season to this point, is the result of the team’s desire this season.
“I wish I could say it is all due to my coaching, but it’s not,” Thomas said. “We’ve got a great group of kids out here and these guys want it.”
Next up for Lyman Ward will be a match-up with East Memorial Academy.
In Junior Varsity action, the Rangers fell 31-28 after Springwood out-scored them 13-5 in the final quarter. Tristian Musch led LWMA with 10 points.