RIPON — Ripon Christian’s boys basketball team tipped off Trans-Valley League action in dominant fashion on Wednesday, using its superior post play to rout Mountain House, 60-35.
The visiting Mustangs (0-1, 5-9 overall) found themselves down 35-12 by halftime. The uphill climb was even more steep after losing standout point guard Nick Baluyot to injury.
“We can’t make many mistakes in league, so it was nice to come out and get that first win,” Ripon Christian coach Mark Hofman said.
Leading the way was 6-foot-7 forward Andrew Vander Weide, who poured in 23 points, and 6-8 center Jacob Vander Hoek added 12. Jadon Vander Molen chimed in with nine points. Mountain House was spearheaded by 6-5 freshman D’aunte Johnson’s 11 points.
“We just controlled the paint,” Hofman said. “Vander Hoek and Vander Weide were very strong tonight.”
Ripon Christian (1-0, 9-5) will look to keep it rolling at Riverbank on Friday.
Ripon 54, Patterson 48
PATTERSON — The Indians (9-6) are going into their first TVL contest against Escalon riding a four-game winning streak.
They had to overcome a lethargic start on the road Wednesday. They were down 24-17 at halftime but outscored Patterson (8-5) 22-11 in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Troy Brogan keyed the late surge by scoring 10 of his 12 points in the final period.
Vincent Olmo powered his way to 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Kyle Sisk registered 11 of his 15 points in the second half.
Ripon opens TVL action Friday against Escalon.
Central Catholic 77,
MODESTO — Joshua Hamilton burned Lathrop (0-1, 3-10 overall) for 37 points in this one-sided Valley Oak League opener. The 6-2 senior point guard shot 15 of 20 from the field and made five of his nine 3-point attempts.
The Raiders (1-0, 12-2) broke away with a 25-point barrage in the second quarter and led 44-20 at halftime. Underclassmen Myles Clayton (12 points), Dayton Magana (nine points, three blocks) and Nic Sani (eight points, 12 rebounds) also keyed the win.
Mountain House 50,
Ripon Christian 47
MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Ripon Christian (0-1, 8-7) led for much of the first three quarters, then, as coach Ed Mulder put it, “went really, really cold.”
A 29-18 halftime lead turned into an eight-point deficit at one point in the fourth quarter as defending TVL champion Mountain House (1-0, 4-7) drained eight of its nine 3-pointers in the second half.
Renae Heida led Ripon Christian with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Morgan Van Elderen and Kelly Engel finished with 12 points each. Andrea Garcia hit four of the Mustangs’ 3-pointers and totaled 18 points. Arielle Tala chipped in three treys and 13 points.