Garrett Jennings releases a layup in Ripon’s 68-64 win over Campbellsport.
Garrett Jennings releases a layup in Ripon’s 68-64 win over Campbellsport.

   The Ripon Tiger boys’ basketball team struggled early against Campbellsport last week Friday.

   It trailed the Cougars 30-22 and could not find any rhythm.

   “It’s another tough place like Kewaskum to go and play — not a lot of people there,” Ripon head coach Steve Brooks said. “So we knew we had to create our own energy.”

   Max Beuthin created that energy for Ripon in the second half.

   The senior scored 33 of his game- and career-high 37 points in the final 18 minutes to help the Tigers beat the Cougars 68-64.

   “His teammates recognized that he was shooting the ball well,” Steve Brooks said, noting the Tigers have had problems in the past of feeding the hot hand. “... They continued to get him looks; they screened for him ... To their credit, they found ways to keep getting him touches. And then to his credit, he made shots. But also when they ran two or three guys at him, we were able to share the ball and make the extra pass and spread out the defense that way.”

   The performance from Beuthin came after a frustrating first half, in which he was one of three Tiger starters to pick up two fouls and be forced to sit the last few minutes.

   Steve Brooks noted he felt fortunate the halftime deficit was just eight points and that Ripon (5-4, conference, 6-11 overall) received some good minutes out of reserves such as Julius Zrinsky.

   It didn’t take long for Beuthin and the Tigers to turn the tide in the second half either as they went from being down eight points to up five in the first eight minutes.

Read the full story in the Feb. 13, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.