Red Devils have reputation to defend

From left, members of the Lancaster High School varsity boys basketball team are Arik Clayton, Jalen Forrest, Santese Belle, Martez Davis, Christian Sutton, BJ Lee, Tay Veney, Calvin Henderson, Jammond Thompson, Javian Robinson, Darius Reed and Terence Frisby. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The varsity Red Devils have a reputation as the team to beat and coach Tim Rice and his team of seven seniors and five juniors are up for the challenge.

“We are excited about the season and we know teams will come after us since we are accustomed to advancing to the state,” said Rice. “And we cannot just think we can show up on game nights to get back there.”

Lancaster has become a Group 1A boys basketball powerhouse over the last decade, with a state championship under its belt, a return to the finals in 2016 and a semifinal finish in 2017.

Rice returns three seniors from last year’s successful team including forward Martez Davis, an all-district player who averaged double figures in both scoring and rebounds last season…