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Ripon snaps three-game losing skid
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One day after suffering its worst defeat of the season, Ripon High’s boys basketball team put together one of its best all-around efforts.

The Indians snapped a three-game losing streak with Thursday’s 58-43 blowout of Oakdale in a consolation-bracket contest of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic.

They shot out the gates with a 15-1 run and led comfortably at halftime, 38-16.

Cole Herrin tallied 21 points and four assists for Ripon (4-7), while Jake McCreath hauled down 11 rebounds to go with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Kyle Wengel added 11 points.

Ripon and Sylmar (7-9) will vie for 13th place this morning at 11.

“It was a confidence booster coming off the Notre Dame (of Sherman Oaks) game,” said Ripon coach Rod Wright, whose squad lost 81-48 on Wednesday. “We just told the guys to go out and play, that was the message at the beginning of the game. They know what to do, they know the system. They came out and played much better.”

Bakersfield 69, Weston Ranch 48

In a winners-bracket semifinal, the Cougars (6-4) were dealt their worst loss of the season administered by Cal-bound guard Tyrone Wallace and the Drillers (12-4).

Wallace poured in 25 points to lead all players, and Bakersfield sank 10 3-pointers.

“We only had 14 defensive rebounds because they didn’t miss much,” Weston Ranch coach Ryan Bono said.

Zerrion Payton finished with 21 points, and Daiveon Leverett chipped in 17 points and six rebounds for the Cougars. They play tournament host Modesto Christian (7-3) in the third-place game at 6:30.