Ripon High raced out to a big first-quarter lead and never looked back in Tuesday’s Trans Valley League game against visiting Hughson.
The Indians nailed nine treys while coasting to a 76-38 victory.
“We started off on fire,” said coach Rod Wright.
In fact, Ripon (2-0 TVL, 11-6) got to a torrid start, using good ball movement to find the open shooter. The hot-shooting Indians connected on eight 3s in that first quarter, taking a 24-5 lead not too long after the opening tip-off.
Vincent Olmo helped pave the way with four blocks — the 6-foot-8 junior center finished the game with five rejections to go with 11 points and eight rebounds — while setting a screen that Adam Wood took advantage of for an open trey.
Wood hit three 3s in that run, getting a feed from Kyle Sisk, who kicked off the game with a quick steal.
Sisk, who had six assists and four thefts, shot well from beyond the arc. He also drove the hoop while finishing with a game-high 15 points.
Sophomore Troy Brogan chipped in with 12 points, five boards, and a steal.
Hughson (1-0 TVL, 8-7) had no answer for the Ripon onslaught, trailing 46-25, and 59-29 midway through the third quarter.
The Huskies were led by Will Fiveash, who had eight points.
Ripon rested its starters and most of the rotation players by the fourth.
Ripon Christian 64, Escalon 55
ESCALON — The Knights (2-1, 10-6) were able to combat Escalon’s pressure defense while using size to their advantage.
Escalon (0-3, 1-16) had no answer for 6-foot-7 forward Andrew Vander Weide and 6-8 Jacob Vander Hoek, who scored 24 and 10 points, respectively. Jadon Vander Molen contributed with 12 points. Sahil Prasad paced the Cougars with 20 points and was complemented by Estephan Salcedo’s 13 points.
“We dominated inside and were able to relieve Escalon’s pressure,” Ripon Christian coach Mark Hofman said. “Escalon did a great job of getting steals and taking us out of our game, but our posts were too much for them.”