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Ripon claims crown of its own tourney
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After two big swings in the second half Saturday tournament host Ripon managed a layup with a minute left and held on over Bret Harte 63-62 for the championship of the boys Ripon winter Classic.

 The Indians (6-5) had the first run of the second half at 18-2 that extended into the fourth quarter for a 12-point lead midway through the final period when the Bullfrogs had a 15-2 run to take a one-point lead. Aaron Paschini (19 points) hit a layup with a minute left to give Ripon the 63-62 lead it would hold for the rest of the game.

 “The game was two big runs – one for them and one for us to hold on,” Indians coach Rod Wright said. “We have to learn to put games away at the end.”

 Mario Roach (four assists, six steals) and Cole Stevens (four rebounds) each had 18 points for Ripon.


Holiday Invitational


Immanuel-Reedley 76, Weston Ranch 45

 The Cougars (3-3) fell behind early and were held to single digits in the third and fourth quarters.

 “We got killed inside – one of their guys had 23 points in the first half,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan said.

 “We were tentative – we did not make a 3-pointer after first quarter. We are usually a good shooting team and if were can’t make 3-pointers that doesn’t help.”

 Jaelen Ragsdale (16 points) and Fred lavender (13) each earned All-Tournament honors for the Cougars with Ragsdale averaging 20.5 points per game in the four-game tournament.


Tracy Winter Classic

Third place

East Union 53, Kimball-Tracy 50

When a game-tying 3-pointer was waved off in the game’s closing seconds because the Jaguars coach called timeout just before the shot, the Lancers held on to claim the third-place trophy.

 After two Austin Miller free throws which followed two Gyse Hulsebosch free throws, East Union (5-5) appeared to have a safe lead at 52-45 with 1:25 left in the game.


But Kimball (5-5) used a pair of offensive rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer to score five unanswered points to come within 52-50 with 40 seconds remaining. Jordan Barajas added a free throw for the Lancers with 19.5 seconds showing on the clock and that proved to be the final point of the game. 

 “We need to learn how to finish, how to close out games,” East Union coach Ryan Tarr said. “We need to be smarter.

 “We have to learn how not to let the pressure  in the moment get the best of us. It’s a process that we are working through.”

 Sophomore Hulsebosch earned All-Tournament honors and scored nine of his game-high 26 points in the first quarter and tallied four steals. Teammate Cody Keener had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. 

“His ability to shoot lets him get to the basket,” Tarr said of Hulsebosch. “He gets everyone going. That’s his job.

 “Everyone seems to feed off of him. He sets the pace and the tempo.”


Buhach Colony 72, Lathrop 52


The Spartans (0-10) led 22-21 after the first period but were outscored the rest of the way.

 Nathan Ogunbanwu scored 11 points to lead Lathrop. Yancy Ram added nine points and Deshawn Kelley eight.


Running with The Pack Classic

Third Place

Elk Grove 44, Manteca 38

 The Buffaloes managed just three points Saturday in the fourth quarter at Cosumnes Oaks-Elk Grove.

“Only scoring three oints in the fourth quarter was very disappointing,” Manteca coach Brett Lewis said. “We were in position to win a ball game against a quality opponent but we didn’t have anyone that wanted to put the game on their shoulders to will us to a win.

“We have to have guys step up in the fourth quarter and want to score and attack the basket, but instead we go and hide instead of stepping up.  It is very disappointing.” 

 Marcus Montano led the Buffaloes (7-4) with 12 points behind four 3- pointers. Adrian Contreras added 10 pts, Anand Hundal had nine rebounds and four blocks and four points. 

 Lewis was disappointed with his team’s rebounding effort.

 “The most disappointing piece to this game was that as a team we had 19 rebounds,” Lewis said. “Anand (Hundal) had 21 Friday night on his own and for us to only get 19 as a team shows that we were not here to win this game. 

 “Rebounding is all heart and effort, especially when we have the size that we do. We have to do a better job of rebounding – it will definitely be a point of emphasis for us.

 “The cherry on top is that we gave up 15 offensive rebounds to them. They had a stretch in the third period where they got three offensive boards in a row and it felt like they had the ball for 3 minutes.”


St. Mary’s Tournament

Consolation championship

Manteca 54, Bear Creek-Stockton 49

 The Buffaloes took advantage of Bruins miscues late in the game to hold the lead on Saturday in Stockton.

 Gino Campiotti led Manteca with 16 points followed by Kyle Reis with 11.


Manteca 66, Stagg 28

 The Buffaloes led 25-21 at halftime and blew out the Delta Kings in the second half Friday.

 Campiotti had 18 points, Kyle Rachels 14 and Zack Chamberlain and Antwann Taylor six apiece.


De La Salle-Concord 52, Manteca 49

 The Buffaloes trailed by eight after a half Thursday but could not close the deficit in the second half.

 Campiotti had 12 points with Derek Range adding nine and Cameron Reis eight.