DIXON — Ripon used big scoring outbursts in the first and third quarters to blow past Sonoma Valley 69-43 in a winners-bracket semifinal of the Ram Jam Winter Classic on Tuesday.
The Indians (11-3), winners of five straight, will vie for the tournament crown against host Dixon or Orland tonight at 8.
“Everybody was involved,” Ripon coach Rod Wright said of the offensive production. “It was well balanced scoring for both quarters. Good ball movement led to good shots, and we could have scored a lot more had we made free throws and layups.”
Aaron Paschini and Cole Stevens led Ripon with 16 and 15 points, respectively, and anchored the team’s torrid runs. They scored six apiece in a 26-point first quarter capped by back-to-back 3s from Rhett Herrin, who finished with eight points. The Indians were ahead 26-12 after the first and 38-20 at halftime.
The victory was sealed in the third when they amassed 28 points. Matthew Molher, Andrew Wood and Cody Haines each contributed seven points overall. Haines also secured 12 rebounds.
Ripon Christian 54, Downey 37
OAKDALE — Ripon Christian (6-5) shot out to a 19-10 lead and continued to play stout on the defensive end, limiting Downey (2-9) to single-digit scoring in each of the final two periods.
Zach Cortright had the hot hand for RC, finishing with a game-high 20 points. Daniel Hannink added 11. Downey was paced by a pair of sophomores in Miko Sablan and Jairol Harris-Red, who scored 11 and 10, respectively.
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Manteca 58, East Union 46
The Buffaloes (6-4) are heading to the championship game of their own tournament after shaking off a slow start to dispatch a cross-town rival. East Union led 19-10 after the first quarter but was outscored 25-11 in the second.
Kyle Bolding scored 13 points to lead Manteca, while Justin Kakala scored eight of his 12 in the second half. Blake Greenlee finished with 14 f or East Union, and Andrew Sena pitched in with 12.
Manteca faces Valley Oak League foe Kimball at 7:30 tonight for the title.
Manteca 61, West 50
The Buffaloes dominated the final two periods after trailing by 10 at halftime. They held West of Tracy to six points in the third to tie it 39-39 and had a 22-point barrage in the fourth to run away with it.
Tarnjot Singh lifted Manteca with 22 points. Jeffrey Cruz chipped in with 15, and Sal Safi finished with nine.