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Ripon Christian opens fast, avenge loss to Cougars

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Ripon Christian opens fast, avenge loss to Cougars

Ripon Christian junior Dylen Van Vliet looks for a teammate to kick it out to during first-half action of the Knights' TVL win over Escalon Tuesday.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED February 10, 2010 2:26 a.m.

RIPON – Slipping three spots in the Sac-Joaquin Section basketball power ratings and a shot to avenge a Trans Valley League loss to the Escalon Cougars were motivation enough for Ripon Christian’s in its 66-53 win over the Cougars Tuesday.

The Knights (4-3 TVL, 17-5 overall) opened the game with a tone-setting 11-2 run, giving Escalon a double-digit climb they would be on for the majority of the evening.

“I thought we really took it to them early on,” Ripon Christian head coach Ron Vander Molen said. “I thought my guys were really focused and they played with a complete team effort.

“We got it into Tyler (Goslinga) when we needed to; it was definitely a night where we played our game.”

Goslinga was without question the difference for the Knights. Ripon Christian continually shoved it inside to the 6-foot-8-inch behemoth, leaving Escalon no option but to try and double down for assistance. Goslinga didn’t flinch, scoring with ease when the double teams came late or finding the open jump shooter for a perimeter look.

“We all know that we want to try and get it in there to him,” Ripon Christian point guard Daniel Van de Pol said. “We know they’re going to collapse on him and today he did a real good job of kicking out of the double team.

“Logan (Vos) did a good job of knocking down his shots.”

Van de Pol and Vos alike were ready and waiting each time Escalon (3-4, 14-10) chose to use more than one player to try and stop Goslinga. Vos finished with 17, including a pair of 3-pointers. Van de Pol added nine, all coming from the perimeter, including the game’s first 3-pointer which extended the Knights’ early lead to 7-0.

Escalon found it impossible to break down Ripon Christian’s lead, finding some success in the third period yet still mustering up three less points then the Knights in the quarter. Tyler Schuurman scored on consecutive trips, closing the gap to 46-34 with 3:47 in the third before four straight Goslinga buckets steepened Escalon’s climb.

“We played hard late, but we didn’t play hard in that first half,” Escalon’s Spencer Franceschetti said. “We thought we owed it to ourselves to get a run going and try and get into the playoffs.

“We just have to pick up our intensity out there on the court, and if we can do that we can make some things happen.”

Franceschetti finished in double figures with 10, while teammates Brandon Shaw and Schuurman added 14 and 12, respectively.

The Knights will make the trip to Hughson to take on the Huskies Friday, leaving the squad with just three more TVL contests to climb back up in the section’s power ratings.

“We did exactly what we needed to do by winning this game,” Van de Pol said. “The victory tonight is what we wanted and we know we have to take things one game at a time when we go to Hughson.

“We all learned that with Riverbank.”

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Ripon 57, Riverbank 39
RIPON – The Indians (5-2, 13-11) walked into the intermission with a comfortable 30-20 lead and refused to relinquish their grasp on their way to a third straight TVL win.

Matt Ratto led all scorers with 24 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Jake McCreath added a double-double, with 10 points and 10 boards.

“We were very pleased with our performance tonight,” Ripon head coach Rod Wright said. “Our goal was to be up at halftime and we were able to get up by 10. Ratto was very consistent throughout the game, even though they pressured him all over the place.

“We wanted to make sure we tried to keep the ball in his hands the whole game.”

Ratto was key down the stretch, scoring eight of his 24 in the final period.

Kody Wengel chipped in nine for the Indians.

Ripon will face a challenging task when it tries to improve its postseason aspirations with a win over the Modesto Christian Crusaders Friday in Salida.
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