Isaac Masters releases a jump shot in Ripon’s 85-66 win over Knox.
Isaac Masters releases a jump shot in Ripon’s 85-66 win over Knox.

   The Ripon College Red Hawk men’s basketball team proved it could win without Ty Sabin having a good game last week Saturday.

   It defeated the Knox Prairie Fire 85-66, despite the school’s all-time leading scorer finishing with just 13 points on 4-of-15 shooting.

   The game was the Red Hawks’ final tune-up before the Midwest Conference Tournament, which will begin Friday in Green Bay.

   “I think we already knew that we didn’t need him to win some games; I just think it took this game for probably everybody else to believe it,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said of Sabin. “... We know that we’re more than him, but we never have had the opportunity to show it. He’s never missed a game because of injury and he’s never really played poorly. So that was nice to see us capitalize on that.”

   While the Red Hawks (15-3 conference, 18-5 overall) were able to overcome Sabin’s off night, it took them some time to pull away for good from the host Prairie Fire (2-16 conference, 2-21 overall).

   After jumping out to a 13-2 lead, they went on a cold spell that allowed Knox to close to within 24-23 with four minutes left in the half. They did close the period on a 9-2 run to take a 33-24 advantage.

Read the full story, which includes information on who the Red Hawks will play Friday in the semifinals of the Midwest Conference Tournament, in the Feb. 22, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.