Peak­ing Knights torch Hugh­son to force 2nd-place tie

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports - By VINCE REMBULAT

RIPON — Ripon Chris­tian High ap­pears to be peak­ing at the right time.

The Knights have won five of their last six games, in­clud­ing Tues­day’s 69-45 drub­bing of vis­it­ing Hugh­son in the Trans Val­ley League fi­nale.

“We’re play­ing well right now,” said RC coach Mark Hof­man.

The vic­tory also pro­pelled the Knights (8-4 TVL, 16-9 over­all) into a se­cond-place tie with Hugh­son (8-4 TVL, 15-11) and River­bank. They’ll find

out their play­off seed­ings Thurs­day.

RC was dom­i­nant from the get-go on this se­nior night, mov­ing the ball and find­ing the open man, tak­ing a quick 14-5 lead.

Jadon Van­der Molen, Fletcher Jack­son and Cade Al­ger had 3s in that open­ing run that even­tu­ally grew to a 21-10 ad­van­tage.

In the se­cond, Al­ger scored on a back­door cut, a layup and drilled an­other trey, giv­ing the Knights a 28-12 lead.

They made it 36-22 at the in­ter­mis­sion.

The Huskies had their best run in the third, go­ing on an 8-2 at one point to close the deficit to sin­gle digit, 43-34.

RC re­gained its ear­lier mo­men­tum to close out the game. Al­ger, who is com­ing back from ear­lier knee in­jury, drilled an­other 3 while fin­ish­ing with a game-high 20 points.

Jack­son, who was 4-for-4 at the foul line in the fourth, chipped in with 18. He also had five as­sists and two steals that led to layups at the other end.

An­drew Van­der Weide had a strong all-around game with 10 points, eight boards, two blocks, two as­sists and a steal.

Ja­cob Van­der Hoek added six points, five re­bounds, and a block.

Lead­ing Hugh­son was Will Fiveash, who had 18 points, seven re­bounds and a steal. Justin Watkins fin­ished with 10. Ripon 65, Hil­mar 45 RIPON — The In­di­ans (12-0, 21-6) end the reg­u­lar sea­son on a 16-game win­ning streak, but stand­out cen­ter Vin­cent Olmo went down with a knee in­jury in the se­cond quar­ter of their TVL fi­nale Tues­day. He fin­ished with five points.

Ripon made up for his ab­sence with the 3-pointer, hit­ting 10 for the game while its five se­niors got to have am­ple play­ing time. Kyle Sisk let the way with 23 points, Troy Bro­gan had 10 and Adam Wood made three 3s for his nine points.

Jonas Tate paced Hil­mar (2-10, 9-18) with 18 points, and Carter Azevedo chipped in 11.

Var­sity girls Ripon 54, Hil­mar 45 RIPON — Trail­ing 22-18 at half­time, the TVL cham­pion In­di­ans (111, 21-4) gained con­trol with a 17-6 third-quar­ter on­slaught.

Reina Sausedo reg­is­tered a game-high 23 points, while Sa­van­nah Clark amassed 14 points and 13 re­bounds. Hai­ley Chavez fired 21 points for Hil­mar (5-7, 16-11). Ripon Chris­tian 52,

Hugh­son 35 HUGH­SON — The Knights (6-6, 14-12) drilled five of their nine 3-point­ers in the open­ing quar­ter for a 17-5 lead, and they locked up the third and fi­nal au­to­matic play­off berth out of the TVL.

Mor­gan Van Elderen flirted with a triple-dou­ble with 11 points, 10 as­sists and eight re­bounds. Kelly En­gle hit three 3s in the first quar­ter and wound up with a team-high 14 points. Tay­lor Anema added 10 points.

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