Isaac Mills, right, sheds tears after being taken out of the game in the final minutes of Ripon’s 60-44 regional final loss to Waupun last week Saturday. Pictured around him are, from right, Hunter Schneider, assistant coach Steve Brooks Sr., Luke Rogers and assistant coach Kyle Wiggs (obstructed).
Isaac Mills, right, sheds tears after being taken out of the game in the final minutes of Ripon’s 60-44 regional final loss to Waupun last week Saturday. Pictured around him are, from right, Hunter Schneider, assistant coach Steve Brooks Sr., Luke Rogers and assistant coach Kyle Wiggs (obstructed).

   The slipper fell off for the Cinderella Ripon Tiger boys’ basketball team last week Saturday.

  After pulling off two upsets, the No. 12-seeded Tigers fell to the No. 1 seeded Waupun Warriors 60-44 in a regional final game in Waupun.

   Despite the loss, the 16-point margin was the fourth smallest a team has lost to Waupun by this season. It also is an improvement from the 36- and 27-point losses Ripon had against Waupun earlier this season in conference play.

   “I was proud of them,” Ripon High School head coach Steve Brooks said. “We had a game plan [and] we executed. There were a couple of hiccups here and there, but we did what we wanted. We wanted to slow the game and keep the score low. We said, ‘If we can keep the game in the 50s we have a shot’ and [they finished with 60] to end the game, so we did what we needed to do. There are a couple possessions that we wish we could have back, but I knew watching the last two weeks of the season that they’re just dialed in and they were ready to compete and I knew that they would put forth a good effort and they did.”

   The Tigers (10-15 overall) started off the game a little sluggish as they fell behind Waupun (23-1 overall) 9-2 around five minutes in.

   It wasn’t for a lack of effort, however, as they grabbed several offensive rebounds and 50/50 balls in that stretch, with Hunter Schneider leading the charge.

Read the full story, which information on a big game from Hunter Auchtung, in the March 7, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.