DIXON — It wasn’t always pretty, but it was another win for Ripon’s boys basketball team.
The Indians overcame a woeful 3-for-18 start from the field and crushed Winters of the Northern Section 63-34 in Monday’s opening-round action in the Dixon High’s Ram Jam Winter Classic.
“The first quarter was ugly, ugly, ugly,” Ripon coach Rod Wright said.
And yet, his Indians (10-3) led 7-6 going into the second period and began to inch away from there. A staggering 27-4 third quarter allowed the starters to rest up for today’s winners-bracket semifinal with Sonoma Valley (5-6), which edged out Franklin of Stockton, 56-54.
Cole Stevens and Cody Haines took over in the third when they combined for 17 of Ripon’s points. Haines, who watched most of the first half from the bench with foul trouble, scored all nine of his points in the period and also had three steals and two blocks for the game.
Stevens wound up with 15 points, Aaron Paschini added 14 points to go with six steals, and Matthew Molher chipped in with 11 points.
Ripon and Sonoma Valley tip off at about 3 p.m. today.
Ripon Christian 52
OAKDALE — Angelo Quiambao made six 3-pointers in the second half and scored 20 of his game-high 24 points over that stretch as Enochs (5-4) rallied past the Knights (5-5) in the first round of the 46th annual Oakdale Rotary Tournament.
Ripon Christian was ahead 29-22 at halftime. Sophomore Andrew Vander Weide paced the Knights with 18 points. Zach Cortwright and Daniel Hannink turned in 14 apiece. The Knights play Downey starting at 3:30 today.
Block M Tournament
Manteca 64, Ripon 21
The Buffaloes were anchored early on by their zone defense, and Jorge Cedano Jr. pumped in his game-high 16 points all in the first half.
Cameron Reis and Gino Camptiotti helped with 10 and nine points, respectively. Manteca tangles with cross-town foe East Union in the semifinal tonight at 7:30.