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East Union rallies past Ripon

Lancers’ perfect record threatened by game Indians

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East Union rallies past Ripon

East Union postman Jacob Danhoff scores two of his game-high 16 points Tuesday against the Indians.

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POSTED December 19, 2012 12:21 a.m.

RIPON – Anthony Baciocco raced the length of the court with hopes of sending Ripon’s nonleague contest with East Union into overtime.

After scurrying past a second defender, Baciocco would attempt to get a last-chance, 3-point shot up only to have what looked to be a foul not called, assuring East Union of a 54-52 road win Tuesday.

Ripon held a lead at one point in each quarter, but after posting its biggest lead of the contest (39-34) to close the third, East Union opened the fourth on a tide-turning 9-0 run.

The Lancers (9-0) got a bucket from Justin Nieto, a deep 3-pointer from Jordan Kron , and back-to-back layups from Robbie Gleockler and Jacob Danhoff, and in three minutes they were back in control.

“We hit our free throws when we had to,” East Union head coach Brett Lewis said. “Danhoff fouling out was a big hit; he was scoring for us inside pretty easily at times and it hurt.

“We know how to win games right now, that’s for sure.”

After leading by a small margin for the majority of the game, losing the lead and going into the fourth trailing seemingly sparked the Lancers. East Union rode Danhoff (16 points) throughout the third quarter, but would need points from five different players down the stretch to stave off Ripon.

Ripon (1-5) got 12 points from Henk Gaalswyk to go along with a balanced scoring attack that saw Curtis Azevedo, Kyle Wengel and Baciocco add eight, eight and nine, respectively. Baciocco’s final shot could have landed him on the line with a chance to hand the Indians the win, or at least force overtime. Kron had 12 for East Union and Justin Nieto had 13.

“I was just trying to get down the court and kick it to the corner,” Baciocco said. “Since it wasn’t open I was just trying to shoot it. It felt like I got fouled, the ball didn’t just go in the air soft like that for nothing.”

The Indians lost their second consecutive game by one basket and dropped their third close contest of the season to a Valley Oak League opponent. The Indians dropped a 52-50 loss to Lathrop before adding their second loss of just two points.

“We’re getting closer and closer with each game,” Ripon head coach Rod Wright said. “I told the team that this is an 8-0 team and they’re not 8-0 for no reason. We are getting closer and we’re getting better and that is the thing that they have to realize.

“They got that nice little 9-0 run to open the fourth, and that hurt us.”

Sophomore

Ripon 51, East Union 39

The Ripon sophomore basketball team built an early lead and never relinquished, smashing East Union by 12 Tuesday.

Cody Keener led the Lancers with 23 points in defeat and Robbins Mossimo led the Indians with 23.

Freshman

East Union 57, Ripon 32

The Lancers (5-2) cruised to an easy win, beating Ripon by 15 on its court Tuesday.

Austin Miller had 16 and Daniel Ramos added 12 in the win.

The Lancers will be back on the court Dec. 27 when they open the Manteca High Block M Tournament against Weston Ranch.

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