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Martin, Ratto rattle in 19 apiece to lead Ripon
Ripon High center Ryan Alexander puts up an uncontested shot for two of his 12 points against visiting Big Valley Christian Monday. Alexander also pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Indians. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin
RIPON — Ed Martin knows his role.
Come off the bench, provide a spark defensively and make a couple layups if and when the opportunities present themselves.
Martin did all that and more in Ripon’s 71-51 blowout of Big Valley Christian Monday.
The scrappy 5-foot-10 guard scored 12 of his 19 points in the opening quarter, when the Indians (4-5) sprinted out to a 29-10 lead.
He was much more involved in the offense than normal.
Martin got open on fastbreak opportunities and finished his layups, sank a pair of 3-pointers and was a perfect 3-for-3 on free throws.
Ripon  closed the first frame with a 12-2 run, and Martin accounted for eight of those points.
“Usually I have four or five (points),” he said. “Usually I get in to play defense, but tonight I was kind of feeling it offensively.
“I just got my confidence going and had a lot of fun.”
Guard Matt Ratto also got some much needed confidence in his shooting stroke after struggling from long range for most of the preseason. He tied Martin for game-high honors with 19 points — 16 of them coming in the second half behind four 3-pointers.
Ratto also had six rebounds, six steals and five assists.
“I’m going to get open and shoot it, that’s what it is,” Ratto said. “(Point guard Ryan) Baker did a good job of finding me open. I just got unconscious.”
Center Ryan Alexander dominated in the post, finishing with 12 points and eight boards in limited time. Forward Dane Wells added nine points and eight rebounds.
Ripon broke it open early by masterfully picking apart Big Valley Christian’s full-court press. Alexander laid in the first three buckets of the game off fastbreaks.
Martin’s uncontested layup with 4:26 gave Ripon its largest lead at 40-16, but the Indians spent the next 4 minutes, 15 seconds scoreless while the Lions (7-7) rang up eight unanswered. Martin snapped his team out of the funk with a jumper.
“We really put it together and tore their press apart,” Ripon coach Rod Wright said. “That was the key right there, we were more athletic than they were.
“We’re still working on putting a whole game together, unfortunately we had those few lapses where we weren’t scoring.”
Wright was pleased to see his team shutdown Big Valley 6-7 wing Tucker Richardson, who scored all 11 of his point in the second half. He added eight rebounds and four blocks. Caleb Theodore led the Lions with 14 points.