Ripon High’s boys basketball team is in danger of losing four straight after suffering yet another heartbreaking loss Thursday.
Hughson sank 1 of 2 free throws with 12 seconds to go, and Cole Herrin’s runner up the middle bounced off the front of the rim as the Huskies prevailed, 63-62.
On Tuesday, Ripon (4-4, 9-14 overall) lost to rival Escalon 57-56, and with the Trans-Valley League’s top two squads coming up its chances of grabbing a favorable postseason seed are dimming.
Jorge Ayala fired 23 points to lead Hughson (4-4, 10-10), and sophomore Devondre Sten-dardo added 14 while dropping in four of the team’s eight 3-pointers.
Herrin had 18 for the Indians, and Henk Gaalswyk scored eight of his 11 in the fourth quarter. Ripon trailed 14-5 after the first but was able to climb back into it by hitting 29 of 37 free throws. The Indians, however, never took a lead.
Ripon previously throttled Hughson at home, 73-31.
“I told our players we cannot go into this game overconfident,” Ripon coach Rod Wright said. “They played hard, they were throwing stuff off the glass that were going in and we couldn’t throw it into the ocean.”
Ripon heads to Riverbank (8-1, 20-2) tonight before hosting Modesto Christian (8-0, 19-2) next Wednesday.
Ripon Christian 62, Denair 10
In Ripon, the Knights (10-0, 18-4) had nine of 10 players score while holding the hapless Coyotes (0-10, 1-20) to just two second-half points.
Dalton Koslosky led RC with 15 points, and Jon Vander Molen had 11.