ESCALON — Vincent Olmo powered Ripon’s boys basketball team with 19 points and 16 rebounds, and the Indians extended their Trans-Valley League win streak to 15 with a 59-47 win at Escalon.
The defending league champions remain tied for first with rival Ripon Christian, improving to 3-0 and 8-10 overall. Escalon (0-3, 6-13), to its credit, continued to battle after trailing 32-21 at halftime.
“We were pretty much in control the whole game,” Ripon coach Justin Graham said. “We took the lead pretty early but it stayed around 8-15. We just fouled way too much and kept them in it.”
Escalon 23 free throws and made 17 of them. Baz Cheema was among the Ripon players who got into foul trouble, but he managed to contribute 14 points.
Ripon hits the road again on Friday when it takes on Hughson (0-4, 3-14)
Ripon Christian 78, Livingston 40
RIPON — Will Gilbert was among four Knights players to finish in double figures with a game-high 17 points.
Ripon Christian (3-0, 11-5) decided this one early, building a 46-20 halftime lead. Brock Nunes contributed 15 points, Caleb Terpsma had 13 and Cade Alger added 12. Carlos Chavez scored 10 points for Livingston (1-2, 9-10).
Livingston 59, Ripon Christian 33
LIVINGSTON — The surprising Wolves (3-0, 11-7) now stand alone atop the Trans-Valley League. Annie Winton led them with 24 points.
Ripon Christian (2-1, 10-6) trailed 15-9 after the first quarter but was outscored 21-3 in the second. Morgan Van Elderen paced the Knights with 11 points.
“They did a real good job defensively in the second quarter and took us out of our offense,” Ripon Christian coach Ed Mulder said. “We turned the ball over quite a bit and they turned them into points.”
Lathrop 57, Johansen 22
MODESTO — The visiting Spartans played tough defense and employed a balanced scoring attack in Western Athletic Conference play against the Vikings.
Lathrop (5-0 WAC, 12-5 overall) held Johansen scoreless in the second quarter.
"We attacked from the beginning," said Spartans coach Dwayne Davis.
Mary Cotton, his 6-foot-1 senior standout, led the way with a game-high 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Khiya Thornton chipped in with 10 points, five boards and six steals while Ayon Carter had nine points and eight rebounds.
Freshman guard Kiersten Constantino also contributed with nine points and senior guard Kaysey Matela came through with seven points and delivered five assists.
Lathrop took an 18-9 first-quarter lead over Johnsen (2-2 WAC, 10-7) before pouring it on in the second and third with a 26-6 run. Aminah Manning and Angel Rodriguez led the Vikings with a respective eight and seven points.
Ripon 66, Escalon 24
ESCALON — Jack Manning poured in 18 points in the blowout win for the Indians.
Rayan Lafebvre chimed in with 10 points, while Evan McKeon grabbed nine rebounds.
Lathrop 62, Johansen 20
MODESTO — Samreen Bal led the Spartans with 12 points and Jayna Dizon and Lyllianna Avila chipped in eight points each.