Ripon boys es­cape with over­time win

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HUGH­SON — Ripon had to work much harder to beat Hugh­son the sec­ond time around.

On Tues­day, Vin­cent Olmo com­piled 21 points and 20 re­bounds, and the In­di­ans squeaked out a 53-48 win in over­time de­spite a hot shoot­ing night for Justin Watkins and the Huskies.

The first go-around was a lop­sided 76-38 trounc­ing fa­vor­ing the Tran­sVal­ley League lead­ing In­di­ans (7-0, 16-6 over­all), who shot out to a 29-11 first-quar­ter lead and buried 12 to­tal 3-point­ers.

It Hugh­son (6-2, 13-9) that came out fir­ing Tues­day, lead­ing 28-21 at half­time be­hind five straight made 3s from Watkins. The

6-foot-3 se­nior poured in 15 of his 24 points in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“It’s al­ways a strug­gle in Hugh­son,” Ripon coach Rod Wright said. “Hugh­son came out and played tremen­dously hard, and it was the most en­er­getic I’ve seen them. Last time they kind of went through the mo­tions, and we tried to con­vey to our kids that this was a big game.”

It ended up be­ing one late. Adam Wood came through with three clutch 3s for all of his nine points, in­clud­ing one that tied it at 44-44 with 2:30 re­main­ing and an­other that gave Ripon the lead for good early in over­time. Troy Bro­gan hit two free throws in the fi­nal minute to seal it.

Kyle Sisk added 14 points for the In­di­ans, while Will Fiveash had 13, in­clud­ing three 3s, for Hugh­son.

Ripon has won 11 straight, but the lat­est vic­tory is the first in league play that was not de­cided by a dou­ble-digit mar­gin.

“It has been a while since we’ve had to work hard to fin­ish the game,” Wright said. “It’s very im­por­tant for us to see this now, be­cause we don’t want to go into the play­offs not used to clos­ing out a close game.”

Ripon Chris­tian 63,

Escalon 54 RIPON — Escalon (0-8, 1-21) took a 35-32 lead into half­time but is still seek­ing its first league win. The Knights (5-3, 13-8) broke it open with a dom­i­nant 25-9 third quar­ter.

An­drew Van­der Weide led RC’s bal­anced at­tack with 14 points, Fletcher Jack­son added 12 and Braden Van Gronin­gen had nine. Ja­cob Van­der Hoek and Cade Al­ger chipped in eight apiece.

Kameron De­weerd fired 15 points for the Cougars.

Var­sity girls Ripon 68, Hugh­son 47 RIPON — Reina and Rachel Sausedo com­bined to make seven of Ripon’s eight 3-point­ers, and the In­di­ans (7-0, 17-3) widened their TVL lead to three games.

Reina Sausedo fin­ished with 23 points, seven re­bounds and four as­sists, while Rachel added 13 points. Mia Van Lewen con­trib­uted 10 points, and Sa­van­nah Clark pulled down 14 re­bounds to go with six points.

Kin­sey Lan­g­ley led Hugh­son (2-6, 10-9) with 15 points.

Ripon Chris­tian 41,

Escalon 36 ESCALON — Ripon Christina (4-4, 12-10) was able to grind out the needed vic­tory af­ter scor­ing just two points in the sec­ond quar­ter and trail­ing 20-12 at half­time.

Re­nae Heida led the way with 16 points, nine re­bounds and three steals. Mor­gan Van Elderen added 11 points and six boards. Escalon (4-4, 12-10) was paced by Shelby McCune’s 13 points.

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