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Alexander leads Ranch past Ripon in MC Classic

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Alexander leads Ranch past Ripon in MC Classic

Daiveon Leverett of Weston Ranch soars above Ripon High’s Derek Hickman to attempt a dunk off an offensive rebound.

Photo by SEAN KAHLER/


POSTED December 27, 2012 12:55 a.m.

Weston Ranch’s Dylan Alexander burned Ripon from the perimeter in the first half, and Daiveon Leverett wore down the Indians from the paint in the second.

The Cougars got another impressive effort out of their big three, including point guard Eric Duncan, in the opening round of the 13th Annual Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic on Wednesday morning. Alexander drained five 3-pointers while pouring in 19 of his 23 points during the first two quarters, and Weston Ranch cruised to a 60-46 victory.

“When Dylan shoots like that it’s hard to zone us,” said Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan. “He was hitting shots from 25-27 feet.”

Weston Ranch (5-3) faces 8-1 Central of Fresno today at 4 p.m., while Ripon (2-7) tangles with Cesar Chavez (6-6) of Stockton at 2:30 p.m.

“I was scared of this game,” Teevan said. “It was the first game of the day and the day after Christmas, so kids want to sleep in. We’ll see what happens tomorrow in a different atmosphere and against a different team.”

The 6-foot-8 Leverett was a big matchup problem inside, where he contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds. Fourteen of his points came in the second half. Duncan added 15 points and 12 assists.

Weston Ranch opened with a 17-4 first quarter and took a 32-15 advantage into halftime. Ripon, however, didn’t go down without a fight.

With starters from both teams out, Ripon went on a 13-2 run late in the fourth quarter and threatened to cut the deficit to single digits. Ripon was missing three of its top eight players to illnesses. Henk Gaalswyk paced the Indians with 11 points, Cole Herrin had 10 and Edison Salvador chipped in eight.

“We had several guys who hadn’t played at all since our first game of the season play significant minutes today, and they just went out and had fun, “Ripon coach Rod Wright said.

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