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Indians hold on in face of Staggs late rally
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Ripons Aaron Paschini (3) shoots over Staggs Anthony Norman (1) in a 71-60 Indians win Saturday in the championship game of the Ripon Winter Classic at Ripon High. - photo by GARY JENSEN/

RIPON – Ripon went on a 9-0 run midway through the third period Saturday and lucky for the Indians they did as Stagg of Stockton then went on an 11-2 run in the championship game of the Ripon Winter Classic with Ripon holding off the Delta Kings for a 71-60 win at Ripon High. 

“This was the second-best team game we have played this season,” Indians coach Rod Wright said. “Lathrop was our best, as far as moving the ball around. We used a seven-man rotation and got the open shots, made layups and played good and solid defense getting in the right spots.

“That was the biggest difference today. Defense leads to easier offense. We had lots of paint touches which kicked out to a lot of open shots.”

Aaron Paschini had (21 points, five assists, four rebounds, two steals) to lead all scorers and was one of four Ripon players in double figures. Paschini had the last seven points of that nine-point fourth-quarter run, capping off the blitz by grabbing a rebound, going coast-to-coast and banking in a layup.

“We came out really fast and played as a team the whole game,” Paschini said. “In that fourth-quarter run coach told us to run our plays.”

Kyle Sisk was a big part of the balanced Indians attack, scoring 15 points along with six rebounds, four steals and three assists.

“We played well as a team,” Sisk said. “We made some really good passes and were knocking down our shots and everything was going great.”

Anthony Sisk (seven rebounds, four steals, three assists) and Cole Stevens (six assists, four rebounds) scored 12 points apiece for Ripon with Vincent Olmo getting six points and seven rebounds).

Cutrell Haywood led the Delta Kings (6-4) with 20 points. 


Manteca 68, Elk Grove 54

ELK GROVE – The Buffaloes had big first and third quarters on the way to a third-place finish at the Cosumnes Oaks Tournament on Saturday.

Manteca (3-3) outscored the Thundering Herd (5-2) 19-8 in the first period and used an 18-9 third quarter to take a 55-39 lead into the final period.   

Dwight Young paced the Buffaloes with 21 points. Gino Campiotti flirted with a double-double at 16 points and nine rebounds, Jorge Cedano added 23 points and six rebounds, Tydus Verhoeven also came close to a double-double with 10 rebounds, nine blocks and six 6 assists and Matthew Ender added five assists.

Ripon Christian 73,

Enochs 60

RIPON – Wes Williams Burse of the Eagles (3-8) led all scorers with 36 points in the non-league contest at Ripon Christian High School.

Zach Cortright paced the Indians (7-2) with 20 points. Jadon Vander Molen was close behind with 18 points and Andrew Vander Weide added 10 points.


Ripon 45,

Bret Harte-Angels Camp 34

ANGELS CAMP – The Indians ran their season record to 8-0 and defeated the tournament-host Bullfrogs in the championship game of the Bret Harte Tournament.

Troy Brogan led Ripon with 16 points and five rebounds and teammate Nico Ilardi had six assists.