Hunter Auchtung releases a shot in Ripon’s 59-57 win over Wautoma. Auchtung finished with a game-high 29 points.
Hunter Auchtung releases a shot in Ripon’s 59-57 win over Wautoma. Auchtung finished with a game-high 29 points.

   The Ripon High School boys’ basketball team’s regional quarterfinal road game against Wautoma appeared like it was going to be headed to overtime Tuesday night.

   Ripon’s Luke Rogers took a shot late that was deflected and the ball rolled out of bounds as time expired.

   But the referees decided to put .3 seconds on the clock.

   As Tiger head coach Steve Brooks considered whether to call a timeout so he could draw up a play with such limited time left, Wautoma took its own timeout.

   And it couldn’t have worked out better for Ripon. Brooks designed a play for Max Beuthin and the junior delivered, tipping the ball in at the buzzer for a 59-57 win.

   “With .3 [seconds left] that’s really tough to execute something and had [Wautoma’s coach] not [called a timeout], I had something called for them already and it might have not turned out that way,” Brooks said.

   He added that the play they ended up running, which had Hunter Auchtung run off a screen and Hunter Schneider set a screen for Beuthin, was not the initial plan.

Read the full story, which includes a preview of Ripon's regional semifinal matchup against Watertown Luther Prep and information on a win over Campbellsport, in the Feb. 28, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.