RIley Brooks releases a shot in Ripon’s win over Berlin. Brooks scored a game- and career-high 21 points
RIley Brooks releases a shot in Ripon’s win over Berlin. Brooks scored a game- and career-high 21 points

   The Ripon High School boys’ basketball team couldn’t hang on in the battle of the Tigers Monday night as they fell to Chilton 52-49 in a non-conference road game.

   It led Chilton for the majority of the second half, but turnovers and a couple untimely plays cost it the chance at being victorious.

   While disappointed in the outcome, Ripon coach Steve Brooks was pleased with his team’s effort.

   “Being the third game in four days and on the road again, I thought that our kids showed up and competed; they played hard,” he said. “For the most part, [they] executed the game plan that we had talked about, especially defensively. We held a team to 50 points, which we’re trying to keep teams in the 40s and 50s. [We] held their leading scorer to eight; he averages 25. So I thought we did a good of job of doing the things we wanted.”

   Among the plays that hurt Ripon (3-7 overall) was giving up an offensive rebound on a free throw with 13 seconds remaining when it was clinging to a 49-48 advantage.

   Chilton (8-1 overall) was fouled getting the rebound and went back to the free-throw line and converted both of its attempts.

Read the full story, which includes information on a win over Berlin, in the Jan. 9, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.