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GETTING DEFENSIVE: Weston Ranch’s pressure too much for Ripon
Cougars show depth, balance in boys basketball season opener
Bulletin boys basketball 2018-19
Weston Ranch's Mi'son Coilton shoots over Ripon's Nico Ilardi. - photo by Photo By Sean Kahler

STOCKTON — Weston Ranch fell behind early Tuesday night, but through suffocating defense and a balanced, up-tempo offense went on an 8-2 run late in the first quarter and never looked back in a 65-40 non-league win over visiting Ripon.
“In the first quarter I thought Lydell (King) and Devin (Small) didn’t start with the energy they needed,” Cougars coach Chris Teevan said. “Titus (Haley) was a constant the whole game and once we got Lydell and Devin to execute what we wanted in our game plan it made everything look a little bit better.
“The defense is tied to the offense. When we take good shots and we know what shot is coming we are able to rebound and set our defense. I thought from the first quarter on we had really good guard play.”
 Weston Ranch (1-0) is expecting great things from Gavin Wilburn this year, and he left the game with foul trouble in the third quarter with his Cougars leading by 13 points. Before Teevan emptied his bench in the fourth, Weston Ranch had run its lead to 20 points. 
“I think the kid (Wilburn) is the best kid in the section,” Teevan said. “I don’t know that there is a more valuable player in the section than him. He makes our team the best it possibly can be.
“But we are 11 deep with 11 good varsity players and we are not a one-man team at all. We have nine dudes that are consistently coming in, and what I like the most is that in the scorebook the top four scorers were 13, 12, 11 and 10 points.”
Mi’Son Coilton tallied 12 points for the Cougars along with five steals and five rebounds.
“We played tough ‘D’ and pushed them,” Coilton said. “That caused them to get out of control and we jumped ahead of them.”
Haley hit three from beyond the arc and finished with 11 points.
“It’s all about making the good play,” Haley said. “Kicking it to my teammates and trusting I am going to get it back — I just knock it down.”
Donjae’ Lindsey led Weston Ranch with 13 points and Small added 10.
Ripon (1-1) was unable to get any offense going as the Indians turned the ball over 26 times. The Weston Ranch defense forced two five-second in-bounds violations and a 10-second backcourt violation.
“That’s one of the best teams in the area,” Indians coach Justin Graham said. “They ended up getting hot and hitting some shots. We kind of lost track of some of the shooters and when they made some shots we didn’t. We turned the ball over way too many times.
 “We have had one practice with our football guys as a whole team and we have a lot of room to improve. The nice thing is that it is a long season and we’re not trying to be the best right now. We have one practice and then three games and another practice and another game. We are playing some of the best teams in the area and we will be tested early.”
 Ripon’s Vincent Olmo led all scorers with 17 points to go with 11 rebounds. Troy Brogan added 12 points.
 
Junior Varsity
Weston Ranch 57, Ripon 48
The Cougars’ Kody Hanspard led all scorers with 19 points followed by teammates Rueben Moreno added 11 points and Keyan Forbes with 10.
Brayden Haines led the Indians with 10 points.
 
Freshman
Ripon 44, Weston Ranch 20
Justin Tinsley paced the Cougars with 12 points and Jesus Gonzalez added five points.