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Indians head into TVL with blowout victory
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RIPON — Ripon High’s goal in its final boys basketball game of the non-league season was to have every player see ample court time.

The Indians accomplished that mission Friday, as they roll into their Trans Valley League schedule with a 66-43 drubbing of Argonaut.

Leading 15-13 at the end of the first quarter, Ripon (8-9) exploded for a 23-6 run in the second and continued to dominate with all-around play early in the third.

“We were up 33 (points) midway through the third and got the bench in,” Ripon coach Rod Wright said. “We did exactly what we wanted to do tonight. We took over inside and rebounded the ball well.

“We also got to run a little bit; their press did not bother us at all.”

Ratto cousins Jared and Matt Ratto took over during Ripon’s second-quarter outburst. Jared scored eight of his nine in the second, while Matt chipped in six of his game-high 19 points.

Guard Tyler Poole contributed 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Senior post Kody Wengel added 12 points.

Austin Hoyt paced Argonaut (4-14) with 11 points.

With reserve guard Caleb Christian back from an ankle injury and the emergence of Wengel and sophomore forward Jake McCreath, Wright said his team is beginning its peak at the right time as the team prepares to play Hughson on the road to tip off conference action.

“We’re still building,” Wright said. “We don’t want to just be a guard-oriented team that has to shoot 3’s to be able to win, we want to get the posts involved.

“We’re at a point where we know who we are and we know who we’re not. We have the pieces in place, so it’s just a matter of us continuing to improve.”

— Jonamar Jacinto