Hunter Schneider scores a basket early in the second half of Ripon’s loss to Campbellsport.
Hunter Schneider scores a basket early in the second half of Ripon’s loss to Campbellsport.

   After Hunter Auchtung made a pair of free throws to give the Ripon Tiger boys’ basketball team a 52-51 lead last week
Friday, Tiger head coach Steve Brooks elected not to call a timeout.

   If he could do it over again, he would have done it differently

   With 13 seconds left, Campbellsport responded by driving the length of the court for a layup to regain the advantage. It held on to win 53-52 when Max Beuthin’s last-second attempt rimmed out.

   “In hindsight, I should’ve used a timeout after we scored and Hunter put us up [to make sure we] adjusted our defense or just talked about things.” Brooks said. “Sometimes you just let them go and you go with what you feel.”

   While he wishes he would have handled the situation differently, he noted the bottom line is the Tigers need to play better so the game doesn’t come down to that.

   Campbellsport (1-6 conference, 4-9 overall) entered the contest winless in East Central Conference play, having just lost to a Kewaskum team that was riding a 34-game conference losing streak.

   Ripon (3-4 conference, 5-10 overall) jumped out to an early advantage against the Cougars as it led 19-13, but was out-scored 15-5 the rest of the half to trail 28-24.

   Brooks noted the poor finish to the half was the result of defensive breakdowns and that it wasn’t just one player who was responsible.

Read the full story in the Jan. 24, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.