ESCALON — The Ripon Christian boys spoiled winter homecoming at Escalon Friday with a 55-44 Trans-Valley League victory.
With that, the Knights (4-0 TVL, 11-5) are in sole possession of first place in league, holding a one-game edge over second-place Hilmar.
“There are still a lot of games left to be played,” said RC coach Mark Hofman.
The Knights built on their 33-24 lead at the break by outscoring the Cougars, 12-6, in the third quarter.
“They made a run at us (in the fourth) but we handled the pressure,” Hofman said.
Daniel Hannick and Ty Beidleman had 13 points each to pace RC, Andrew Vander Weide added 11.
Sam Lettig and Tommy Pangan had 12 and 11, respectively, for Escalon (2-1 TVL, 8-10).
Ripon 72, Hughson 60
The Indians put together a strong second half to roll past the Huskies on Friday.
Tied 27-27 at the break, Ripon (2-1 TVL, 14-4) outscored Hughson 19-10 in the third. Aaron Wood led the way, scoring 8 of his 10 points in the period.
In the fourth, the Indians preserve the win behind the play of Cole Stevens, Aaron Paschini and Cody Haines.
Stevens led the way with 20 points with Paschini and Haines netting 19 and 10, respectively.
Hughson (0-3 TVL, 8-8) was paced by Will Fiveash (20) and Justin Watkins (18).
Ripon will take on Mountain House on Tuesday.
Valley Oak League
Lathrop 62, Oakdale 45
DeShawn Kelley’s outside shooting helped spark the Spartans over the Mustangs in the Valley Oak League doubleheader night cap.
The 5-foot-10 senior guard had game-high 16 points, connecting three times from beyond the3-point arc.
Junior Ballard and Adonis Payton chipped in with 14 and 12, respectively, for Lathrop (2-2 VOL, 9-8).
Blake Whiting led Oakdale with 13.
The Spartans jumped out to a 19-7 first-quarter lead and never looked back, making it 35-21 at the intermission.
Lathrop coach Nate McGrath was able to go with his reserves thanks to the sizeable edge.