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SHINING KNIGHT

Vos’ seven 3-pointers lead RC in victory over Indians

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SHINING KNIGHT

Ripon Christian's Logan Vos is all concentration while nailing a 3-pointer during the Knight's 52-47 win over Ripon High Friday.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED January 30, 2010 2:54 a.m.
RIPON – Ripon High piqued the crowds’ anxiety to maximum heights when Andy Bunting pulled the Indians to within three on a layup after a steal with 1:23 remaining, but that would be as close as crosstown host Ripon Christian would have it in its 52-47 Trans Valley League Friday.

The Knights (3-1 TVL, 16-3 overall) only trailed once, 6-3 early in the first, getting up by as many as 10 late in the fourth quarter. They would ride the hot hand of junior Logan Vos the entire way. Vos led all scorers with 22 points, scoring 11 in both halves and connecting on seven of Ripon Christian’s nine 3-pointers.

Ripon senior Matt Ratto did his best to keep the Indians in it, pouring in a team-high 16 points, but it was the home team’s sharp-shooting guard that proved to be the difference in the Ripon Christian victory.

“Logan Vos was the difference without question,” Ratto said of Vos’ evening. “That kid hit some key 3-pointers. We were keying on (Tyler) Goslinga the whole night, he was our main focal point and we kind of left the other kids in the shadows and they really showed up.

“Their whole team played a heck of a game.”

Ripon (2-2, 10-11) opened with a defensive mindset that Goslinga, a 6-foot-8 center, would not be reaching his lofty 21 points per game average. The game plan looked solid in the opening minutes, but once Ripon Christian’s perimeter game got going, Ripon was left hoping Vos and company would eventually miss.

“Logan really stepped up and knocked down some key shots,” Ripon Christian head coach Ron Vander Molen said. “In the second half Daniel (Van de Pol) hit some, Steve (Vander Molen) hit some and that was something that we had to do.

“Once that happened it changed how they handled us.”

The Indians made the defensive adjustment late, going to a man-to-man set up to give Ripon Christian some difficulty. The Knights were forced to find baskets in the paint, turning to Goslinga for clutch points down the stretch and sending Vos underneath where he drew a foul and sank a pair of key free throws with just under two minutes to play.

Ripon refused to go quietly, slicing a 44-34 deficit with five minutes remaining in the fourth to three behind back-to-back buckets from Ratto and Bunting. The final 90 seconds included all the excitement of a playoff battle, giving both teams a glimpse at their composure under big-game pressure.

“I was real happy with how we responded in this atmosphere; the only problem was when I called timeout I couldn’t hear because our crowd was yelling in my own huddle,” Ripon head coach Rod Wright said. “Seriously, what got me in trouble was I didn’t know my two post players had four fouls. All of a sudden they got eight fouls just like that, but that’s the way it goes.”

Ripon sophomore Jake McCreath was one of Wright’s key losses in the final minutes, fouling out with four points and 10 rebounds in a solid effort. McCreath was instrumental in holding Goslinga to his second lowest scoring total on the season.

He finished with 13 points, as did teammate Van de Pol. Ripon was led by Ratto’s 16, followed by Caleb Christian’s 10 points and Kody Wengel’s seven. Tyler Poole chipped in with six on a pair of 3-pointers.

The Indians’ postseason quest will face a huge hurdle Tuesday when they play host to the Escalon Cougars. The Knights will also face an uphill climb when they make the short trek to Salida to take on Modesto Christian.
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