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Ripon Christian cruises to double-digit win over Ripon in rivalry action
Sophomore Dan Vos was all the Knights needed him to be in Ripon Christian’s 62-48 win over Ripon High Saturday.
RIPON – It seemed as if nothing would stop sophomore point guard Dan Vos from leading his team to victory over the Ripon Indians Saturday in a non-league matchup, and that was the case as Vos’ efforts helped clip the Indians 62-48 in front of the home crowd.

Vos was exceptional in nearly every aspect of the game, knocking down perimeter jumpers, driving to the basket and creating scoring opportunities for teammates throughout. Vos led all scorers with 21points and did a remarkable job conserving energy for the defensive end as well.

“I thought Danny did a great job of running the offense,” Ripon Christian head coach Ron Vander Molen said. “He did a great job of breaking them down, he was tough tonight.

“And that is a very, very physical team.”

Some of Vos’ best work came in the midst of the physicality, penetrating inside amongst Ripon’s Jake McCreath and Andy Bunting. When Vos wasn’t able to find anything inside, he was more than capable of sinking the jumper, knocking down a host of shots, including a pair of 3-pointers.

“They are a great team and they have some super athletes, but we just had to do what we needed to do and take care of the basketball,” Vos said. “I think I had some bright moments, but a couple of times I got careless with the ball.

“Overall, I think I took care of the basketball.”

Vos was also able to get older brother Logan Vos in on the action as well, finishing with 15 and scoring eight consecutive points for the Knights (14-5) after Ripon had cut a double-digit lead to seven points.

“They really focused on him I think, they put their best player on him and it showed,” Vander Molan said of Logan Vos. “But he stayed within himself; he is the leader of our team.  At the end, we changed the offense to look for him a little bit and he knocked down the key shots to put it away.”

Ripon (11-9) was forced to find offense outside of its customary source when the Knights decided to double and triple team McCreath virtually each time he touched the ball near the paint. McCreath could not get on track on the offensive end, and caught the wrath of a couple quick whistles on his way to early foul trouble.

“That was no surprise, we expected that coming in,” Ripon head coach Rod Wright said of the game plan on McCreath. “We just didn’t know that we wouldn’t have anybody to shoot it on the other side. We tried a new rotation just to try something new.

“They played really well tonight. (They) came in and shot the ball and made their shots when they got them.”

Ripon got eight points from Jared Ratto, while Ripon Christian also got a double-digit effort from Jared Goslinga who converted on five of six shots for 12 points.

The Knights will be back on their Southern League grind Tuesday when they play host to the Gustine Redskins, and Ripon will continue Trans Valley League action with a home game against Orestimba.