Trent Jones releases a 3-pointer in front of the Ripon bench in the Red Hawks’ 85-69 win over Wisconsin Lutheran last week Saturday. Jones finished 5 of 7 behind the arc and ended with 30 points. Reacting on the bench are, from left, Seth Kostroski, Connor Kuhn, David DeValk, Ryan Mahoney, Jack Brady, Ben Young, Drew Jorgensen, Brandon native Jaylen Mahone, Owen Theune and Sam Hermann.
Trent Jones releases a 3-pointer in front of the Ripon bench in the Red Hawks’ 85-69 win over Wisconsin Lutheran last week Saturday. Jones finished 5 of 7 behind the arc and ended with 30 points. Reacting on the bench are, from left, Seth Kostroski, Connor Kuhn, David DeValk, Ryan Mahoney, Jack Brady, Ben Young, Drew Jorgensen, Brandon native Jaylen Mahone, Owen Theune and Sam Hermann.

   The Ripon College men’s basketball team bounced back from a bit of a Thanksgiving hangover to defeat Wisconsin Lutheran College 85-69 last week Saturday.

   It trailed the Warriors 23-13 with around nine minutes left in the first half before out-scoring them 72-46 the rest of the way.

   “I think it’s just too much turkey,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said of the slow start. “We had two days of practice, then we had two days off for the holiday and then we had one day of practice and prep to get ready for the game. “

   He added that’s no excuse because the Warriors (2-2 overall) probably had the same amount of time to get ready as Ripon (2-1 overall) did, but noted the youth of its players didn’t do Ripon any favors.

   “They don’t know how to get ready for a game after a layoff like that like maybe a veteran team would, so [the Warriors] were just playing with more energy,” Kane said. “They were getting 50/50 balls, they were beating us down the floor in transition.”

   Two players who helped the Red Hawks break out of that Thanksgiving funk were senior Cal Schultz and junior Trent Jones.

   The upperclassmen combined to score 61 of the team’s 85 points on 20-of-30 shooting (66 percent) from the field and 8 of 12 (66 percent) from behind the 3-point line.

   They also were 13 of 15 at the free-throw line, with Schultz accounting for 10 of the makes.

Read the full story, which includes information on the Red Hawks' ability to share the ball, in the Nov. 29, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.