DIXON — Ram Jam Winter Classic host Dixon rallied from a 10-point deficit to upend defending tournament champion Ripon 65-61 in the title game on Friday.
Turnovers and free-throw shooting was the difference. The Indians (10-4) made just 4 of 10 attempts from the foul line in the fourth quarter and 10 of 19 overall, while Dixon (12-2) missed four of its 22 free throws.
“We had opportunities, we just struggled from the free-throw line,” Ripon coach Rod Wright said. “Their 2-3 trap defense kind of gave us fits and had quite a few turnovers in the second half.”
Ripon’s Noah Hernandez led all scorers with 24 points, while teammate Anthony Sisk chipped in 16 while going a perfect 6 for 6 from the free-throw line.
Robert Nagle and Mylan Dickerson scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, for Dixon.
SACRAMENTO — All-tournament selection Junior Ballard poured in 39 points, but it wasn’t enough against the bigger and more physical Purgolders (5-2) from Milwaukee, Wisc. in the third-place game of the St. Hope Elite Classic Platinum Division.
Idowu Olaleye contributed eight points, while Isaias Hunter (six points) and Michael Mills kept the Spartans in reach with key steals down the stretch. Lathrop (8-5) trailed 60-57 with 1:30 to go but couldn’t inch closer after missing free throws.
“Junior really stepped up to the competition this week,” Lathrop coach Craig Ward said. “We’ve seen some very tough competition in the last month, so we’re looking forward to battling guys in our own backyard.”
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SACRAMENTO — The Cougars (7-5) finished strong in the St. Hope Elite Hoop Classic Gold Division, claiming the consolation championship thanks to a 15-4 third-quarter run.
Raul Melgarejo posted 13 points to lead the way, and Gavin Wilburn had nine points and nine rebounds.
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TRACY — Matthew Oli burned the Knights (9-4) for 22 points as Kimball (4-8) rolled to a surprising one-sided win.
Ripon Christian (9-4) couldn’t keep up after trailing 18-10 going into the second quarter. Jadon Vander Molen led the Knights with 11 points, and Ty Beidleman had 10. Drew Riddick and Dquan Anthony contributed 14 and 13 for the Jaguars.