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Sampayan hits a pair of threes to sink Ripon late

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Sierra High's William Ward (45) gets tangles up with Ripon's Jake McCreath during first half action of Sierra's non league win over the Indians.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED December 17, 2009 2:20 a.m.
It takes 32 clocked minutes to complete a high school basketball game.

But in roughly 32 seconds, Sierra High School erupted for an 8-point run that decided the fate of the visiting Ripon Indians.

Anchored by the two three-point shots that guard Allan Sampayan hit in succession, Sierra was able to ride the momentum-changing moment for the remainder of the contest and a 48-41 victory – giving Sierra their third win of the preseason against a program that has been a small-school powerhouse in recent years.

“We shot horribly in the first half, but in the second half we came out and starting hitting some shots and then Allan hit some big three’s that were really huge,” Sierra head coach Scott Thomason said. “I was happy for him – they were the kind of shots that raise your confidence level.”

Before Sierra pulled away, Ripon had held a slight lead for the majority of the contest – which started off a low scoring affair with a 14-13 halftime score.

While the Timberwolves would duplicate their offensive production for the first three quarters in the fourth quarter to pull away, Ripon (3-5) also heated up late in the game. Standout Matt Ratto was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line en route to his 22 points – accounting for more than half of Ripon’s 19 fourth quarter points.

He also pulled in seven rebounds.

“Right now we’re just trying to get better every single game,” Ripon head coach Rod Wright said. “Sierra was a good squad and they showed that tonight. We’ve been playing good teams, Division I teams, hoping to get to that point where we’ll be ready when we start playing teams our size.

“Right now we’re very close.”

Sampayan finished with 13 points, while fellow guard Trevor Nogueira racked up 11. Joining Ratto atop the scoring charts for Ripon was Kody Wengel – who finished the game with 9 points and pulled in 8 rebounds.

Sierra sophomore Will Ward hit a pair of layups and was four-for-four from the free throw line to get his eight  points. He also blocked three shots.

“Overall, we had a pretty solid grind in the second half,” Thomason said. “We’ll take this win – we’ll take any win. Hopefully we can to use this to get us going as we get ready for Beyer on Saturday.”

With Joseph Berry and Tim Thornton each putting up 11 points, the Sierra sophomores cruised to a 40-35 win over the visiting Ripon Indians.

The Timberwolves jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter that they were able to ride for the rest of the contest – using their defense to keep the Indians in check and prevent them from getting back in to the contest.

“We had a much better defensive effort compared to our last game,” head coach Justin Muschott said. “Johnny Waggy and Mike Leland did a great job underneath for us on defense.”

Emmanuel Elijah proved to be total package for the Sierra freshman squad – posting a jaw-dropping 37 points in the 65-55 Sierra victory.

But according to head coach Ryan Mitchell, it was his defensive performance that set the tone for his offensive totals.

“He’s basically my best defender – my best rebounder, and he totally controlled the boards tonight,” Mitchell said. “He had a lot of fast breaks and his rebounds really set him up for what he was able to do on offense. “
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