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Ripon rallies past RC after trailing 16-2
Hernandez leads TVL champions with 30 points
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RIPON — The Ripon High bounced back from a dismal start with a second-half surge at Ripon Christian during Friday’s rivalry match-up.
The Trans Valley League champion Indians came away with a 79-69 victory.
“This was like a playoff game,” said Ripon coach Rod Wright, who saw his team trail 16-2 from the opening tip-off.
He credited his trio of senior guards, Aaron Paschini, Noah Hernandez and Cole Stevens, for leading the comeback.
“We just had to wait out Ripon Christian’s surge,” Wright added.
Ripon (11-0 TVL, 22-4) was helped out by Hernandez’s hot shooting, Paschini’s defense and play in the open court, and Stevens’ decision making.
Hernandez had a game-high 30 points including five 3s and five rebounds.
Paschini chipped in with 21 points, four steals and two blocks.
Stevens had six assists to go with nine points and four boards.
Ripon Christian (5-6 TVL, 15-10) presented match-up problems inside for the Indians.
In particular, Jacob Vander Hoek (6-8), Andrew Vander Weide (6-6), and Ty Beidleman (6-6).
Playing an efficient inside-out game, the Knights went on a torrid run to open the game.
Zach Cortwright, Jadon Vander Molen and Cade Alger hit open 3s while Vander Weide and Vander Hoek dominated the post.
Vander Weide had 16 points, seven rebounds and a block while Vander Hoek grabbed 10 boards while adding eight points.
Down 20-4, Paschini helped Ripon chip away at the lead with a couple of mid-range jumpers.
Hernandez, who was coming off a 38 point effort, got untracked. Stevens’ trey right before the half trimmed the RC deficit, 39-32.
The Indians then went on a 27-11 run in the third. Anthony Sisk also helped out with by canning a 3 and hitting a runner. He finished with 10.
“Ripon doubled our post (players) before they could get to the ball,” said Knights coach Mark Hoffman.
Vander Molen led RC with 17 points. Alger and Cortwright netted 14 and 12, respectively.
“We’re playing better,” Hoffman said.
He praised Ripon. “They’re so athletic,” Hoffman added.
Ripon 69,
Ripon Christian 50
RIPON — Spencer Schroen (four steals) and Justin Hansen (five steals) each poured in 17 points for the Indians (11-0, 23-3).
Raz Cheema contributed eight rebounds. Troy Brogan pulled down seven boards and collected four steals.