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RC stomps Hughson; Hilmar stuns Ripon
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HUGHSON — Ripon Christian appears to be peaking at the right time.
Although the Knights came up well short of successfully defending their 2016 Trans-Valley League title, they’re playing their best ball of the season as their focus shifts to the playoffs. They torched Hughson 74-48 in their final regular-season contest Tuesday.
“We’re on a nice little run here,” Ripon Christian coach Mark Hofman said. “We’re playing real well.”
The Knights (6-6, 16-10) have won six of their last seven, a stretch that includes an important nonleague win over Mariposa.
They were well balanced in their league finale Tuesday. Hughson (2-10, 13-12) had no answer for 6-foot-6 Andrew Vander Weide and 6-8 Jacob Vander Hoek, who compiled 15 and 14 points, respectively. Guards Jadon Vander Molen and Zach Cortright fired 11 points each, and Cade Alger had 10. Ty Beidleman contributed with nine.
Ripon Christian was well ahead by halftime, 42-14.
Cody Cervantes led Hughson with 15 points, and Will Fiveash finished with 12.
Hilmar 65, Ripon 62
HILMAR — The Indians (11-1, 22-5) were unsuccessful in their quest for a perfect TVL season, but they’re still the outright champion.
They had two shots to tie it but were off the mark in the final seven seconds. Aaron Paschini poured in 24 of his team-high 27 points in the second half and also had seven steals. Noah Hernandez added 22 points and six rebounds.
Kole Gaglio led the upset for Hilmar (9-3, 17-9) with 29 points. Jonas Tate contributed 16.
Sophomore
Ripon 70, Hilmar 35
HILMAR — Spencer Schroen registered 17 points and six assists as the Indians (12-0, 24-3) rounded out their perfect run in the TVL.
Justin Hansen finished with 13 points, Baz Cheema had 12 points and five steals and Adam Wood scored 10 points.
Freshman
Ripon 65, Hilmar 23
HILMAR — Ripon (11-0, 22-1) made quick work of the Yellowjackets behind Nico Ilardi’s 14 points, five assists and five steals.
Dorian Doherty and Julian Sanchez contributed 11 points apiece. Ryan Barner had nine points.