Cal Schultz drives to the basket against Illinois College. He scored 30 points in both of Ripon’s games last weekend en route to being named the Midwest Conference Performer of the Week.
Cal Schultz drives to the basket against Illinois College. He scored 30 points in both of Ripon’s games last weekend en route to being named the Midwest Conference Performer of the Week.

   Through the first game and a half last weekend, the Ripon College Red Hawk men’s basketball team had yet to find its footing on defense.

   It allowed 116 points in those 60 minutes as it defeated the Knox Prairie Fire 84-80 last week Friday and led the Illinois College Blueboys 39-36 at halftime a day later.

   The Red Hawks changed that trend in the final 20 minutes as they out-scored the Blueboys 43-22 to pick up an 82-58 home victory.

   “We came out in that second half against Illinois College and got six consecutive stops,” said Ripon head coach Ryan Kane, who earned his 100th career victory. “We always chart when we can get three stops in a row and we did that twice to start the second half right away, back to back ... We got some really nice looks because we were pushing the ball hard in transition off of misses, so I think that helps.”

   While the Red Hawks (2-0 conference, 4-1 overall) needed their defense to pull away in the second half, they were in the driver’s seat the majority of the game.

   Their only deficit came in the opening minute, when Illinois College (0-2 conference, 2-5 overall) connected on a 3-pointer.

   They answered that shot with one of their own from deep and led by as many as 10 points in the first half, before the Blueboys went on an 11-4 run to close the half.

Read the full story, which includes information on the Red Hawks escaping with an 84-80 win over Knox, in the Dec. 6, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.