The Drill: A/E's Peyton Lewis a leader for Dragons basketball team
Senior Peyton Lewis is 6-6 and can do a variety of things for the Adrian/Ellsworth boys basketball team, including being a leader.
ADRIAN -- As the after-school practice session got underway recently at Adrian High School, Peyton Lewis spoke to, and was recorded on a video camera, by a two-person sports crew from The Globe.
As soon as the interview ended, Lewis was released to practice and the Globe’s photographer followed him into the gym. As if by plan, the very first thing recorded on video was Lewis, going through the motions on a 3-player fast break drill, taking a pass a few strides in front of the hoop and dunking. It was effortless and, no, it wasn’t to show off. It’s just one of those things that the Adrian/Ellsworth basketball player can do.
He can do a lot of things on the basketball court, in fact, and usually does. He is a 6-6 senior guard-forward and he routinely scores 20 or more points per game, with double-figure rebounding and a bunch of assists, too. With a young and mostly inexperienced lineup, the Dragons have struggled to get victories this year. But they believe they’ll get better in time, and because they have Lewis they’re always capable of getting that all-important ‘W’.
Lewis, who hails from Ellsworth, is a friendly and articulate big guy, and he is patient, too.
And he hasn’t usually had many experienced teammates to play with.
“Over the past three years I’ve had a new team every single time. My sophomore year we had 13 seniors we graduated. Last year we had around 10 seniors, so it’s been a hard time for me adapting to new players every single year. But once we get into the middle season we’re going to start coming back,” he said recently.
His coach, Blake Miller, is happy -- maybe relieved, even -- that he’s got Lewis on his side. He describes his lanky veteran as a versatile performer and a good rebounder with a good jump shot, and one who exhibits good touch around the rim.
Lewis, who also participates in high school track and field, describes his best qualities as a hoopster he talks about his varied skills.
“My best qualities as a basketball player would be my effectiveness anywhere on the court. And being able to find the open people and lead my team,” he said.
You can go online to see the basketball video of Peyton Lewis at www.dglobe.com . Here’s a sample of the interview:
QUESTION: Who inspires you in sports?
ANSWER: “The person that inspires me the most is my dad, Michael Lewis, because he had a pretty successful football career and was a good basketball player, track player. I decided to stop football because I had more love for basketball, and passion for it. And I put in the hours for basketball.”
QUESTION: Have you got a special story to tell about something that happened to you in your sports experience? Something that you’ll always remember?
ANSWER: “My favorite story is my sophomore year, it’s my second game of being together as Adrian/Ellsworth. We were going against Westbrook-Walnut Grove and we ended up going in double overtime. We ended up winning that game 92-88. It was just back-and-forth the whole game. And it was really full of energy. We had a big crowd. It was a great experience. … What I learned from that game was my capabilities at scoring and playing defense with a team -- and being able to be a leader.”
QUESTION: Tell us the most unusual thing about you that most people don’t know.
ANSWER: “The most unusual thing about me that people don’t know is my seventh-grade baseball coach always called me ‘Barracuda’ because I was way bigger than everyone. I don’t know how he came up with the name, but it stuck once he said it. And everybody started calling me it.”