Arion Lewis is the catalyst for talent-filled Valley Forge Military Academy
Updated: DECEMBER 14, 2017 — 2:20 PM EST
by Rick O’Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the graduation of Myles Bunyon and Devin Hill, two of the Bicentennial Athletic League’s top players last season, Arion Lewis realized his role for Valley Forge Military Academy would change this season.
“First off, I knew I would have to score more,” the senior point guard said. “Also, as one of our captains, I would have be a vocal leader on and off the court. I’m trying to do both.”
Displaying poise and an improved perimeter shot, Lewis delivered a career-high 32 points as the host Trojans easily turned back Holy Ghost Prep, 65-47, Tuesday night in the BAL Independence Division opener for both squads in Wayne.
The 6-foot-2, 160-pounder shot 13 for 19 from the field, including 4 for 4 from three-point land, and 2 for 3 from the line. He added four assists, three rebounds, and three steals.
“He put in a lot of hours in the gym in the offseason, added some muscle and got quicker,” VFMA fifth-year coach Francis Bowe said.
Last season, Lewis averaged about 15 points per game while helping the Trojans go 25-4, claim the BAL title, earn the PIAA District 1-11 Class 3A subregional crown, and advance to the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
With Lewis converting 8 of 10 field-goal attempts and scoring 19 points, VFMA (2-1) was in front of Holy Ghost, 34-26, at the break. His back-to-back three-pointers bumped the lead to 40-30 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.
The Trojans returned Lewis and four other key contributors from last season: 6-10 senior center Abraham Deng, 6-4 junior wing Rye Ahronson, 6-7 senior forward Will Colleran, and 6-9 senior forward Marius Ntwari.
“After what we accomplished last season, our No. 1 goal is to win a state championship,” Lewis said. “We have the players and experience to accomplish that.”
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Want to see the VFMA team in action? Come cheer them on at the Governor’s Challenge Basketball Tournament in Salisbury, Maryland. They play Friday, December 29 at 6:45 p.m. against Snow Hill at Wicomico High School. To view entire schedule, click here.