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BASKETBALL: Area teams go oh-fer in NorCal playoffs

The bounces did not go Ripon’s way down the stretch during its first-round game Tuesday in the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV Northern Regionals.

The ninth-seeded Indians lost 60-58 despite outplaying host Palo Alto in three quarters

Perhaps it was only fitting for their season end on Dawson Downs’ contested deep 3-pointer that banked off the backboard and rolled in and out of the hoop.

The eighth-seeded Vikings (19-8) invade No. 1 Santa Teresa in the quarterfinals Thursday. Santa Teresa (20-7) fended off No. 16 Kerman, 79-76.

Ripon (23-9) certainly had its share of opportunities to continue the season. The Indians led 36-27 at halftime and outscored Palo Alto 16-9 in the fourth quarter. Palo Alto dominated the third period however, 24-6.

Ripon trailed by as much as 12 late in the third quarter but started the fourth on a 12-3 run. Logan Lefebvre’s 3-pointer tied it at 54-54 with 4:08 remaining.

Riley Yuen later hit a key 3-pointer for Palo Alto on a second-chance opportunity after Ripon failed to come up with a defensive rebound.

Ripon then dodged a bullet with about 30 seconds to go. Yuen had another open look from the corner but missed the 3-pointer. Palo Alto, leading by one, grabbed another offensive rebound, but Ethan Bauer came up with a big steal for the Indians with 22 seconds left.

Ripon gave it right back coming out of a timeout, botching the inbounds play as Palo Alto’s Tyler Wong garnered the loose ball for a steal. The Indians had to commit three fouls in the final seconds to extend the game, and Tyler Martin made one of two free throws.

With 6.8 seconds remaining, the door was still open for Ripon, which made multiple passes to give Downs one last shot to win the game.


Division III boys

Justin-Siena 59, Ripon Christian 44

In Napa, Dylan Arnold’s half-court 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter set off a 16-4 run for the second-seeded Braves (27-3), who led 32-17 at halftime.

Sophomore Jake Vander Veen paced No. 2 Ripon Christian (24-7) with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists. Seniors Jace Beidleman (eight rebounds, five blocks) and Luke Crivello scored eight points apiece in their final game for the Knights.

Justin-Siena got 19 points apiece from Nick Jeramaz and Jaden Washington and led by as much as 23 in the second half, 42-19. The Vikings welcome No. 10 San Joaquin Memorial on Thursday. The Panthers from Fresno pulled off the only upset of the bracket, knocking off No. 7 Christian Brothers, 66-59.



Division III girls

San Joaquin Memorial 67, Manteca 37

In Fresno, the No. 10-seeded Buffaloes (25-8) appeared prime for an upset at halftime when they held a 25-21 lead.

Then junior wing Sienna Evans got going for No. 7 San Joaquin Memorial (19-7), which exploded for 30 points in the third quarter while holding Manteca two just two. Evans scored 13 of her 20 points in the period.

Amieya Walters, a 5-10 sophomore, drained three 3s and scored 11 points during the Panthers’ big surge. All of her 17 points came in the second half. Alexa Perryman shared game-high honors with 20 points.

Manteca was led by Izabella Sanchez’s 11 points and six rebounds. Jada Ikharo chipped in eight points and six boards.

San Joaquin Memorial next plays No. 2 Central (19-12), also of Fresno, in the quarterfinals.


Division V girls

Lynbrook 68, Ripon Christian 55

The No. 15 Knights (16-13) had their season end in San Jose, but they showed well against the large-school opponent.

Maddie Yonker kept them in the fight with 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks. She is the lone senior on the team.

Junior center Reagan Van der Hoek added 10 points and six boards. Sophomore Kara Kessler scored 13 points.

The second-seeded Vikings (19-9) host No. 7 Crystal Springs Uplands (12-12) on Thursday.