Ripon had no trouble putting away always-dangerous Riverbank on senior night Tuesday, winning 59-42 to set up its important back-to-back stretch of road games beginning with rival Escalon on Thursday.
Malik Taylor fired 18 points for the Indians (7-2 Trans-Valley League, 13-12 overall), but it was defense that helped create the early separation. They outscored the Bruins (4-5, 14-10) 23-9 in the second quarter for a 31-19 halftime cushion and continued to lock it down from there.
“We were solid on the defensive end all night,” Ripon coach Justin Graham said. “We got a lot of stops and I’m really proud of the guys’ effort.”
Bronson Burrow did his work in the paint, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds. Troy Brogan, one of the nine seniors honored, added 12 points and seven boards.
Ripon Christian 55, Escalon 48
The Knights (6-2, 17-6 overall) avenged one of their two TVL losses, pulling away in the fourth quarter thanks to two back-breaking 3-pointers delivered by Caleb Terpsma.
He wound up with a team-high 12 points and was followed by 11 points from Lukas Van Groningen and 10 each from Braden Van Groningen and Jacob Van Groningen.
Escalon (4-4, 14-10) was buoyed by Brenden Holmes’ 20 points and four 3s.
Ripon 51, Riverbank 30
The Indians ran their TVL record to 8-1.
Jacob Wallace led Ripon with 17 points and Anthony Sausedo added 10 points.