The Ripon Christian boys basketball team overcame Turlock Christian’s considerable size advantage for a second time with Tuesday’s commanding 64-51 triumph.
The win virtually locks up the No. 2 spot in the Southern League for three-time defending champion Ripon Christian (8-2, 16-5 overall), which trails Mariposa by two games with four to go.
Ripon Christian’s Travis Vander Molen netted 19 points to top all scorers. Sean Broker tallied 14 points as did Danny Vander Molen, who added seven assists. Jake Schollenberg pulled down 11 rebounds.
The Knights limited Turlock Christian’s top player, 6-foot-7, 275-pound center Brady Turner, to six points, five rebounds and two blocks. Jordan Riise, a 6-6 post, had 10 points to lead the Eagles (7-3, 15-8).
Austin Alger helped Ripon Christian get off to a hot start by scoring all seven of his points in the first quarter. The Knights led 19-8 going into the second by was up 29-27 at halftime. They pulled away in the third when Travis Vander Molen splashed down a pair of 3s.
Ripon 60, Hughson 51
In Ripon, the Indians (4-4, 6-16) continued their quest for the Trans-Valley League’s No. 4 Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth behind freshman Cole Stevens’ 22 points.
Matt Uecker contributed 12 points, and Chase DePrue added nine — including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave Ripon a 20-18 lead it would not give up.
Taylor May and DeVondre Stendardo paced Hughson (3-5, 8-13) with 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Hughson 38, Ripon 34
The Huskies (5-3, 10-8) battled back from a 20-12 halftime deficit and went on a 14-2 run in the third quarter to blow past visiting Ripon (3-5, 7-14).
Jessica Garcia had 16 points to lead third-place Hughson.