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RC Knights capture Riverbank tourney
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RIVERBANK – With the game tied at halftime, Ripon Christian erupted for a 19-point third quarter while holding Langston Hughes Academy to just eight on the way to a 67-56 win for the championship of the Ron Peterson Tip-Off Tournament at Riverbank High School

Andrew Vander Weide (19 points) and Ty Beidleman (15 points) each had six points for the Knights (3-0) in the pivotal third quarter.

“We had a balanced attack on offense,” Ripon Christian coach Mark Hofman said. “There was  extremely hard play on defense by Fletcher Jackson with Ty Beidleman controlling the inside of the paint. 

“Andrew Vander Weide had a three-dunk barrage in the fourth quarter and Zach Cortright showed great court leadership as a point guard.”

Cortright had 14 points and Jackson 13 with Cortright hitting four 3-pointers. 


Patterson 54, Ripon 51

STOCKTON – Aaron Paschini’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer was too little too late for the Indians as they lost in the consolation final of the 59th Annual Joe Nava Delta King Classic at Stagg High School. 

Trailing 41-30 entering the final period, Ripon (1-2) narrowed the gap but could not quite close it. Noah Hernandez had three 3-pointers for nine fourth-period points and led the Indians with 19 points.

“Coach told us to come out, play hard and play defense,” Hernandez said. “And to get open shots and kick it – then things would fall into place.

“Unfortunately, we fell short.”

Paschini finished with 13 points, nine steals and five rebounds and five assists. Hernandez and Cole Stevens (seven points) had six rebounds apiece.

“From a coaching point of view, when we ran our sets, we got good open looks,” Ripon coach Rod Wright said. “We had lots of layup opportunities that we missed because their big guy changed our shots.

“Our defense looked good up to a point but when you are depending on three guys to do all your scoring there are going to be nights when that doesn’t happen.” 

Rue Kwaheri of the Tigers (2-1) led all scorers with 20 points. 


Sierra 49, Merced 40

MERCED – The visiting Timberwolves held the Bears to 13 first-half points in non-league action Saturday.

It was a good all-around effort,” Sierra coach Scott Thomason said. “We limited them to 13 points in the first half.

“We were up 43-27 but we got a little sloppy at the end.”

The Timberwolves pounded the ball inside and made 30 trips to the foul line. Victor Elijah was 11 of 15 from the free-throw line for Sierra and had a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Jaime Ochoa added 10 points behind a pair of 3-pointers and Eudardo Jasso chipped in eight points and 10 rebounds. 

The Timberwolves outrebounded Merced (0-1),  39-21.


Modesto City Tournament

Enochs of Modesto 65,

East Union 61

The Lancers were outscored 18-10 in the second quarter and could not recover. 

Further details not available at press time.



Ceres Round-Robin Tournament

CERES – Ripon’s Troy Brogan was named Tournament MVP and led the Indians to a 3-0 record in the three-day tournament. 

Ripon wrapped up the tourney with a 56-30 win over Los Banos on Friday. Brogan had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Danny Hernandez was a triple threat with eight points, eight steals and seven assists.

Brogan had another double-double on Thursday with 13 points and 13 rebounds in a 53-28 win over Ceres with Dorian Dougherty getting 10 points. 

The Indians started the tournament Wednesday with a 70-22 thumping of Livingston. Brogan (seven rebounds) had 21 points and all-tournament selection tallied 12 points and six rebounds. Danny Hernandez chipped in nine assists.