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Ferocious Ripon comeback falls short in loss to MC
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The Ripon High boys basketball team failed to come out and execute to open the contest, but their resiliency shined through in a last-ditch effort to upset the Modesto Christian Crusaders, pouring in 30 fourth quarter points in a 76-62 loss to the Crusaders Tuesday in Salida.

Ripon (3-1 Trans Valley League, 10-8 overall) struggled to find any consistency with its offense, scoring just two baskets in the first quarter and trailing Modesto Christian 19-4. The Crusaders kept adding to their double-digit lead even with Ripon finally getting on track by adding more than four points to the scoreboard in the second.

Modesto Christian rode the hot hand of Anthony Pratt (25 points) to a seemingly easy victory as they opened the fourth nursing a 25 point lead. The Indians refused to go quietly, mounting a ferocious comeback that saw the Indians one Cole Herren 3-pointer away from a four-point deficit.

“We we’re able to put together quite the run,” Ripon head coach Rod Wright said. “I was really pleased with our guys. They never quit.

“Poor shooting is what really cost us tonight; especially from the foul line.”

The Indians were only able to convert on 9-of-24 free throws, eliminating any chances of outlasting the Crusaders as the Trans Valley League’s last remaining undefeated program. Modesto Christian finished with four players in double-figures, with Ryan Riner finishing with 10 of his 16 points in the second half.

Jake McCreath had a phenomenal effort before fouling out late in the fourth, leading the Indians with 25 points. Conner Jones, Jarred Ratto and Josh McCreath all chipped in eight points in the loss.

Southern League

Ripon Christian 71, Turlock Christian 45

The Knights finished with five players in double figures, rolling past the Turlock Christian Eagles with ease Tuesday in Southern League action.

Ripon Christian (5-0 SL, 12-5 overall) had no problem disposing the Eagles, getting a game and career-high from junior Jared Goslinga who had 17 points including three 3-pointers in the win. Logan Vos added a dozen, while Dylan Van Vliet and Isaac Norman both chipped in with 10.

The Knights will be back on the court Friday when they meet up with the Delhi Coyotes.