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Ripon’s James Gaalswyk beats Bret Harte defender Kallen Dente to the hoop for one of his two fourth-quarter dunks Friday at North Gym.


POSTED December 16, 2017 1:04 a.m.

RIPON — The Ripon boys basketball team dominated from the opening tip to the final buzzer Friday night in a 63-25 thumping of Bret Harte of Angels Camp in opening-round action of the Ripon Winter Classic at Ripon High.
“Raz Cheema was aggressive going to the basket and hit a 3-pointer to start things off,” Indians coach Rod Wright said. “Then we started looking for Vincent Olmo, our 6-foot-8 friend who is in the middle and that made a big difference.
“We have been playing teams that have been pressing us all over the floor and tonight was the first time that did not happen. We have been retooling our offense and had a different starting group tonight. It was a pretty complete game and the best we have played as far as completely dominating.”
Olmo and Cheema (10 points) accounted for 13 of the 16 first-quarter points for Ripon (4-4). Olmo led all scorers with 16 points and had eight rebounds.
“We had good ball reversals on the perimeter,” Olmo said. “And then they hit me when I was open.
“We were a little bigger than them tonight and having had some games against some athletic teams really helped us.”
The Indians made 14 steals with Kyle Sisk (eight points) grabbing five.
“We executed the offense very well,” Sisk said. “The big man (Olmo) was open almost every time and he was finishing so everything was flowing well for us.”
The Indians dominated the glass with 31 rebounds to 20. James Gaalswyk made nine of his team-high 12 rebounds in the second quarter and brought the home crowd to its feet twice in the fourth period making two steals of his five and taking them coast to coast for a pair of resounding dunks. 
“I always try and dominate the boards,” Gaalswyk said. “It gets us away from defense, gets the offense moving and we can get into transition and maybe get some easy buckets.”
Michael Costa led the Bullfrogs (4-2) with eight points.
Ripon and Stagg of Stockton play for the championship of the two-round tournament tonight at 6:30.

Varsity girls
Ripon 57, Modesto 36
RIPON — Reina Sausedo led all scorers with 22 points to go with nine rebounds, as the Indians (6-0) rolled into the four-team tournament championship.
Mia Van Lewen and Tianna Sidtikun fired eight points apiece along with six and seven rebounds, respectively. Mia Culver contributed seven points off the bench. Ripon staked a commanding 18-9 lead in the first quarter and continued to expand on it from there.
Jessica Pedretti scored seven points to pace the Panthers (2-5). Ripon takes on Enochs in the title game today at 3:30 p.m.

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