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Ripon rolls to consolation final

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POSTED December 30, 2017 2:14 a.m.

SALIDA — Ripon High will be playing in today’s consolation title game of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic.

The Indians (7-6) will take on Freedom at 4:30 p.m. after stopping Buchanan of the Central Section’s Tri-Rivers League on Friday, 74-63.

Freedom, meanwhile, edged out Weston Ranch (6-3), which plays today at 2 p.m. in the 11th-place game.

Senior Kyle Sisk helped propel Ripon in the second half of the game against Buchanan, scoring a game-high 29 points to go with five rebounds and four steals.

He had two of those thefts that led to quick baskets in the fourth quarter with his team ahead, 57-56.

Sisk along with the play of the Indians’ young guns — namely, sophomores Troy Brogan, Nico Ilardi, and Danny Hernandez — coupled with 6-foot-9 junior Vincent Olmo and 6-4 junior Baz Cheema battling down low contributed to the hard-fought win.

“It was our execution at the end of the game that did it,” Indians coach Rod Wright said.

Olmo and Cheema had 10 and eight rebounds, respectively. Brogan added 17 points, including a couple of key free throws in the final minutes.

Ripon had a tough time handling Spencer Heimerdinger, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Olmo and James Gaalswyk took turns guarding the Bears’ 6-9 senior center.

Buchanan took advantage of some first-half turnovers while finding its outside stroke from beyond the arc led by Kevin Hogue, who finished with 12 points.

The Indians buckled down on defense not too long after the intermission. Down 47-43 midway through the third, Ripon went on a 13-5 run, pulling ahead 54-52 to start the final period.

The big shot was provided by Gaalswyk, who hit a rare 3 with the clock winding down.

“He’s never allowed to shoot from there unless it’s towards the end of the shot clock or the quarter,” said Wright, who noticed his team getting amped up following the Gaalswyk basket.

Ripon’s defense wreaked havoc in final period, causing Buchanan to go cold from the field.

“This was a big win for us,” Wright added.


Freedom 64,

Weston Ranch 63

The Cougars had several chances in the closing minute against Freedom of the North Coast Section’s Big Valley League.

The Falcons (6-6) contributed to some of that by missing a breakaway dunk and having another bucket erased on a charge.

Weston Ranch had two tries for the win, missing both times as time expired.

The Cougars behind sophomore Gavin Wilburn had started off strong, jumping out to a 20-11 first-quarter lead.

Wilburn had seven of 17 points – he also eight boards and a steal – while initiating the offense.

The Falcons, who put together a 13-3 run, reversed the tide in the second and claiming a 38-29 lead at the break. Trevon O’Neal hit for 12 of his 17 points during that span.

Weston Ranch battled back in the second half, tying the game up on three occasions. Makhi Turner steal for a hoop and a field goal – he finished with 13 points, six rebounds, a block and a steal – with freshman swingman Donjae’ Lindsey and senior forward Antwann Taylor also contributing.

Lindsey chipped in with 12 points, eight boards, a block and a steal while Taylor had 11 points and five rebounds.

“We needed production from our bench,” said Cougars coach Chris Teevan, who had two other players out with foul trouble.

For Freedom, Deyanni Ballard and Jabbar Wade tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively.


Vanden 68, Manteca 56

The Buffaloes (3-9) will take on Turlock today at 9 a.m. in the 15th-place game.

Manteca had a 13-point lead over Vanden of Fairfield, which came back in the second half behind the efforts of Aaron Porcil and Jhayion Martinez.

Porcil had a game-high 19 while Martinez added 15. Aaron Kelly also helped out the Vikings with 10.

Jordan Burciaga and Jorge Cedano led the Buffaloes with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

“We weren’t patient,” said Manteca coach Brett Lewis. “We had too many turnovers and gave up a lot of easy baskets.”

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