For Ron Lewis, the nerves of playing in a game are much different from coaching in one.
Those nerves were calmed a bit when the Worthington Kilbourne boys basketball team opened with a 10-point run en route to defeating visiting Whetstone 61-47 on Nov. 29, giving Lewis his first victory as the Wolves' coach.
Lewis succeeded Tom Souder, who retired after going 213-269 in 22 seasons. Souder, who won state Coach of the Year honors in 2021 after leading the Wolves to their only league title, was in attendance for Lewis' debut.
“As a player, your nerves are in the beginning,” said Lewis, who was a standout at Bowling Green and Ohio State after playing at Brookhaven. “But when you step on the floor, you’re just playing basketball. Coaching is different. You’re thinking about possession after possession after possession. The nerves are different, but they settled a little bit. Once I put myself in the game, I started to feel more comfortable.”
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Aidan Gallogly had 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals to lead the Wolves.
“I was on the board to select a new coach and I was pretty biased towards (Lewis),” Gallogly said. “He was our (junior varsity) coach (last year) … and he’s got the experience. He’s been there and done that. I like the system he’s got and the way he coaches. He’s always trying to push us.”
Gallogly scored four points in the initial run, which included baskets by Zach Wolford, Kyle Earhart and Marcus Gipson. Steals by Earhart and Te’Mar Lewis set up two of those field goals, and the Wolves pushed the lead to 22-4 after one quarter and led by as many as 20 in the second quarter before leading 38-20 at halftime.
Te’Mar Lewis had 12 points, four assists and three steals, Wolford had 10 points and five rebounds and Earhart had eight rebounds.
Donavon Guy had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead Whetstone, which got as close as 14 in the second half and fell to 1-1.
“Our offense will come, but our defense has to stay solid for us to win,” Gallogly said. “We executed pretty well in our staggered screens and my teammates got me open. We attacked the glass pretty well in the first half and that led to some easy buckets in transition. Mostly, we have to improve our defense. In the second half, it was pretty (bad).”
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