He found the pair standing on the porch waiting for him when he returned. Betty Jo quickly told Dan never to try a stunt like that again.
"I'm going to live with him the rest of my life; I love him," Dan remembers his mother saying as she pointed to his father. "I'm raising you to get the hell out of here."
That was how it went in the D'Antoni family.
Betty Jo - who Mark said took pride in being a distant relation of Devil Anse Hatifeld - laid down the law and Lewis enforced it. Mark remembers never wanting to get in trouble at home because when it came to his father's enforcement, there was always the "fear of the unknown."
All of the D'Antoni children said they wanted to make their parents proud. Lewis laughed about his wife's "sharp tongue" but said discipline was rarely necessary with his children. Instead, he and his wife tried continually to set an example.
Dan and Kathy defined that lesson with one of their mother's favorite sayings: "I'm not raising you to like me. I'm raising you so other people like you."
The D'Antonis let their children learn from their own mistakes. Mike said his father loved basketball but was never suffocating or pushy when it came to his sons' time on the court. In fact, Lewis took the job as principal of Mullens High School before Dan or Mike played.
Mark, the only D'Antoni to play for his father, thinks Lewis was a little relieved he didn't coach Dan or Mike. He never wanted to be accused of using his position to give his sons any favors.
The eternal basketball fan, the father couldn't help himself from giving Dan and Mike pointers after games. Lewis said he didn't go to every game, but when he did, he brought his pencil and paper.
"You'd think you would play a good game, and you would come home to two pages of notes," Mike said.
Dan and Mike were never forced to go over the notes. They could sit down with their father and talk about their mistakes, or they could take the notes to read later. It was Lewis' tone that made Dan comfortable with his father's suggestions. He was never negative but rather provided suggestions in a way that made his children want to listen.
He used the same tone in every lesson. Kathy remembers when she was a senior in high school and lost the competition for Mullens High homecoming queen by one vote. She excused herself from class because she knew she was going to cry. She ran into her father in the hallway.
Principal at the time, he told his daughter it wasn't his proudest moment.
"He said, 'This other young lady has no other honors in this school. You have many. Why are you not happy for her?' " Kathy said. "It's a life lesson. You don't feel sorry for yourself. You accept what it is, and you build on other things that you have."
Pink roses bloom along one side of the home where Lewis has lived off and on for the better part of 84 years. They are a testament to a devotion to gardening, one of the activities that replaced coaching basketball after Lewis retired from his final job in 1981.
He left the game with 450 wins and 200 losses, a mark that helped him become a member of the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. His children have won countless other basketballrelated awards. But all of the D'Antonis are quick to point to family as their greatest achievement.
"My four kids are the closest, closer knit, than any kids I've ever known in my life. They never say anything derogative about each other," Lewis said.
It's always been that way - Kathy would take younger brother Dan to play baseball in the neighborhood and stuck up for him if he was treated differently. Dan always picked younger brother Mike first in pick-up basketball games, even if that meant letting the other team choose the next four players in a row.
"We would compete in games against each other, but we never competed for their love or competed for 'I want to be better than you,' other than winning a game or something," Dan said. "When it came to competing outside the family, we always kind of took up for each other."
Lewis said he never dreamed his children would accomplish everything that they have. Never a braggart, he said he feels humbled and blessed by their success.
Dan said he feels like his father more every day as he works to raise his own children. Kathy, who visits her father every weekend, said she thinks she has let him and her mother down if she has trouble with a professional relationship. Mike called him the morning he became the coach of the Lakers.
They all want their father to know they're doing their best.
"To think that his family was able to make good lives for themselves, he's very proud of that, and I think he thinks about that a lot these days," Mark said. He laughed, and added, "Until the next ball game comes on."