Hunter Auchtung looks to take a shot while falling back during Ripon’s 65-49 win over Berlin.
Hunter Auchtung looks to take a shot while falling back during Ripon’s 65-49 win over Berlin.

   It’s not often that a coach will say a 36-point loss helped the team the next day.

   But that was the case for the Ripon High School Tiger boys’ basketball team Tuesday as it defeated Berlin 65-49 on the road to snap a four-game losing streak.

   “We did some good things last night and that really did help us understand that we can play at a higher level and they carried it over and to a man played at a high level tonight, so we as a team put a better product out there,” Ripon head coach Steve Brooks said Tuesday.

   The Tigers, who were coming off an 84-48 loss Monday to Waupun, jumped out to an early lead over the rival Indians and led by double digits most of the way.

   Brooks credited the success to Ripon’s ability to play as one.

   “We’ve been talking a lot about just playing for each other and playing unselfishly and they absolutely did that to a ‘T’ tonight,” Brooks said, noting players made the extra pass, helped each other on defense and more. “It was just a complete team effort. We shot well early, we defended really well, we rebounded and then we took the crowd out of it right away, which is a big thing at that gym.”

Read the full story, which includes information on games against Waupun and KML, in the Feb. 21, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.