RIPON — Ripon came out on the winning end of what coach Rod Wright described as a “turnover fest” Tuesday, trouncing always-dangerous Riverbank 75-59 to remain undefeated in Trans-Valley League play.
The Indians (4-0 TVL, 15-4 overall) coughed up 25 giveaways but also forced 28.
“It was just the kind of game it was,” Wright said.
Ripon pulled away in the second quarter, scoring 13 while limiting the Bruins (2-2, 8-9) to just five points. Noah Hernandez registered eight of his game-high 23 points in the period, Rhet Herrin knocked down a 3-pointer and Zach Hansen made 2 of 3 free throws at the end of the half after he was fouled while attempting a shot from beyond the arc. Ripon led 35-19 at halftime and widened the gap to as much as 25 in the fourth quarter.
Cole Stevens finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and six steals. Aaron Paschini rattled off nine of his 11 points in the second half but also contributed five assists and eight steals overall.
Ripon hosts defending league champion and neighboring rival Ripon Christian on Friday.
Lathrop 67, Oakdale 43
OAKDALE — The Spartans (3-2 VOL, 11-7 overall) needed little offense from standout Junior Ballard in the rout, as he finished with nine points.
Adonis Payton shouldered the load in an otherwise balanced effort, scoring 20 points. Dan Ballesteros added 11, and Anthony Blase chipped in nine.
Nick Woody fired 19 points to pace the Mustangs (0-5, 3-15), who trailed 29-16 at halftime.
“It was a true team effort,” Lathrop coach Craig Ward said. “It was real close in the beginning but coming out of the break we just flowed better.”
Ripon 37, Riverbank 35
RIVERBANK — Ripon (3-1, 9-8) survived a scare thanks to a 7-2 fourth quarter, leaving the host Bruins (0-4, 0-13) in search of their first win of the season.
Savannah Clark anchored the Indians with eight points and 21 rebounds. Reina Saucedo and Katie Kaiser scored seven points apiece. Riverbank’s Aliza Teixeira led all scorers with 13 points.
“Riverbank played well and you have to give them credit,” Ripon coach Rick Inderbitzin said. “They played hard when it came down to the end of the game and we did what we had to do to win. We have had our share of single-digit losses this year so we’ll take it and hopefully learn from it.”
Ripon 77, Riverbank 33
RIPON — The Indians (4-0, 16-1) rolled to a 44-23 halftime lead and continued to dominate from there.
Troy Brogan collected 20 points and 18 rebounds. Dorian Dougherty added 16 points, and Nico Ilardi pitched in 14 points and five steals. Danny Hernandez contributed with seven steals and five assists.