Erik Scheive found space at the back-door, finishing a third-quarter lob with authority.
The slam shook No. 13 Ripon, which never recovered in a 69-51 loss to fourth-seeded Marysville and its 6-foot-8 center on Wednesday in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament.
“I saw it coming, but we couldn’t adjust,” Ripon coach Rod Wright said. “When they decided to really pound us inside, once they did that, we were in trouble. We just don’t have the size to compete with that. We tried to fight back, but it was a little too much.”
Scheive scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half as Marysville broke open a tight game.
Ripon trailed by just two at the intermission, 31-29, but was outscored 38-22 over the final two quarters.
Guard Danny Lewis also had 20 for Marysville, which will host Golden Empire rival Mesa Verde on Friday. No. 12 Mesa Verde upset No. 5 Calaveras, 57-43.
Marysville swept both meetings with Mesa Verde.
That’s of little consequence to Ripon, whose up-and-down season finished with another uneven performance.
The Indians (15-13) overcame a height disadvantage in the first half by outworking their hosts.
Aaron Paschini had five straight points to give Ripon a lead late in the second quarter. Mario Roach played with fast hands on defense and orchestrated Ripon’s press break, and Cole Stevens knocked down shots as Ripon proved worthy of an upset after 16 minutes.
The two teams played to a 12-all tie after one quarter, before Marysville lurched out to a two-point lead at the half.
“The first half was impressive. We controlled the big guy in the middle and we were right there with them,” Wright said. “We outhustled them, and Paschini really gave us a spark.”
The sophomore finished with a team-high 15 points, two steals and a block. Stevens had 11 points and Roach, appearing in his first high school playoff game, netted 10 points with four steals.
Cody Haines, a 6-foot, 3-inch forward tasked with guarding Scheive, had nine rebounds.
Scheive, who nearly died on a basketball court in Reno last May when he suffered a cardiac arrest, played with a game as big as his frame.
The senior post started the rout with a third-quarter dunk and later punctuated the victory with a 3-pointer.
“When the big guy pops out and gets a 3, you know the game’s over,” Wright said. “From an effort standpoint, we played as hard as we could, but …
“We came up short.”
Cornell Greenwood finished with 12 points for Marysville.