Seeded No. 6, Sac. Ad­ven­tist ex­acts re­venge against Knights

Ripon Bulletin - - Sports - By JONAMAR JAC­INTO

RIPON — Be­ing the topseeded team didn’t trans­late into a Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion cham­pi­onship for Sacra­mento Ad­ven­tist two weeks ago.

As the No. 6 seed in the CIF North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Di­vi­sion VI Cham­pi­onships, the Cap­i­tals from Carmichael were un­stop- pable.

From Lay­tonville to Red­ding and fi­nally Ripon, the road war­riors of the small-schools di­vi­sion van­quished the op­po­si­tion at ev­ery stop, in­clud­ing Tues­day’s 57-47 con­quest of No. 1 Ripon Chris­tian in the ti­tle game.

It was a re­match of their SJS Di­vi­sion VI fi­nal at the Univer­sity of the Pa­cific back on March 2 when the Knights (21-10) dom­i­nated the fi­nal four min­utes for a 59-51 win and their 10th sec­tion crown.

Re­venge was un­der­stand­ably sweet for Sacra­mento Ad­ven­tist coach Scott Ted­mon and his ex­tra-mo­ti­vated play­ers.

“We were not pleased with our sixth seed,” Ted-

mon said. “We were the No. 1-ranked team in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia for two months. When they gave us the sixth seed, that’s fine, that’s just a num­ber, we’ll em­brace it and we’ll just take it out on our op­po­nents.

“We did come in with a chip (on our shoul­ders) through­out this whole tour­na­ment. We knew we were bet­ter than a sixth seed. We re­spect ev­ery­body that we play, we fear no­body, we put it all out on the court and now we’re NorCal cham­pi­ons.”

The Cap­i­tals (28-5), who end the sea­son win­ners of 22 of their last 23, led wire-to-wire by con­trol­ling tempo, scor­ing in­side and out and neu­tral­iz­ing Ripon Chris­tian’s con­sid­er­able size ad­van­tage with speed and grit.

Sim­ply put, Ripon Chris­tian was out­played and out­shot in its own gym that was packed from wall to wall by spir­ited sup­port­ers from both schools.

“That’s bas­ket­ball,” Ripon Chris­tian coach Mark Hof­man said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well and we had been shoot­ing well up un­til now. We had a bad shoot­ing night and a lot of loose balls didn’t go our way … but their guards are pretty ath­letic, they’re fast and they hit shots.”

Ted­mon banked on his guard-heavy team to have the up­per hand in perime­ter shoot­ing, it was just a mat­ter of slow­ing down Ripon Chris­tian’s 6-foot-7 An­drew Van­der Weide and 6-8 Ja­cob Van­der Hoek (four points, two re­bounds) in the post.

Van­der Weide was held to six points, three re­bounds and four as­sists. He ac­counted for the Knights’ first points in the sec­ond half with a layup but did not score for the re­main­ing 14 min­utes, 49 sec­onds.

Cade Al­ger did all he could for the Knights, pro­duc­ing game-highs of 20 points and 10 re­bounds. The 6-foot-7 ju­nior guard regis­tered 11 of their 13 fourthquar­ter points, with the fi­nal bucket com­ing from Austin Ries with 12 sec­onds to go. Al­ger ear­lier splashed down a 3 from the top of the arc, but it was only the sec­ond of two from long range for the Ripon Chris­tian.

“If we’re not able to shoot well from the out­side the de­fense starts to sag and col­lapse a lit­tle more, and we didn’t make them pay,” Hof­man said.

Ripon Chris­tians strug­gled from the open­ing tip, miss­ing open shots and com­mit­ting two turnovers as Sac Ad­ven­tist raced to a 6-0 lead. The Cap­i­tals were out­re­bounded 6-1 one in the first quar­ter but still led, 20-12.

Ripon Chris­tian trailed by as much as 11, 28-17, in the sec­ond quar­ter af­ter Grif­fin Trull drained one of his team’s six 3-point­ers of the half. The Knights coun­tered with their best stretch of the game, a 7-0 run capped by two layups from Al­ger, but could not inch closer from there.

Sacra­mento Ad­ven­tist hit two more 3s be­fore half­time and led 34-26 at the break, but even as the Cap­i­tals be­gan to slow down Ripon Chris­tian was un­able to cap­i­tal­ize. Both teams had eight points in the third quar­ter.

“We were tak­ing quick shots in a lot of our pos­ses­sions and I think we could have val­ued the ball a lot more,” Al­ger said. “De­fen­sively at the end we played al­right, it just came down to be­ing more ef­fi­cient on the of­fen­sive end and we were not very ef­fi­cient.”

Sacra­mento Ad­ven­tist was, for the most part, es­pe­cially in the first half.

Bryce Bea­man hit three first-half 3-point­ers for Sacra­mento Ad­ven­tist, fin­ish­ing with 11 points off the bench. Shane Jones also pro­vided an an­other early spark, pen­e­trat­ing to the bas­ket at will for 10 of his 15 points in the first quar­ter.

Trull, the Cap­i­tals’ lead­ing scorer for the sea­son, wound up with 17 points and con­verted seven of eight free throws in the fi­nal pe­riod to help seal it.

Ted­mon also lauded fresh­man point guard Breckin Bea­man for fa­cil­i­tat­ing the of­fense and 6-5 twin posts Jami­son and Bryson Collins — they each tal­lied seven points and seven re­bounds.

“We just didn’t take care of the fourth quar­ter and we did not shoot the ball (well) at UOP,” Ted­mon said. “We re­spect them, they de­served to win the game, but we knew if we played well to our abil­i­ties we could beat them.

“It was a mat­ter of go­ing on the road to Lay­tonville, the 3 seed, and tak­ing care of busi­ness, then go­ing to Red­ding Chris­tian, the 2 seed, and tak­ing care of busi­ness. This is where we wanted to be. We knew we could de­fend, we knew we could re­bound bet­ter than we did in the sec­tion cham­pi­onship game and at the end of the day we can shoot the bas­ket­ball. I couldn’t be prouder of this team.”

GARY JENSEN/GreatShots.SmugMug.com

Ripon Chris­tian’s Cade Al­ger rises above Sacra­mento Ad­ven­tist de­fender Bryson Collins a jump shot dur­ing the CIF North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Di­vi­sion VI cham­pi­onship game on Tues­day.

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