The Ripon Tiger boys’ basketball team went inside early and often Tuesday against Plymouth.

   And it found plenty of success.

   The Tigers scored their first 15 points in the paint or at the free-throw line after getting fouled en route to a 71-48 home victory.

   “We did a good job of going inside early,” Ripon head coach Dean Vander Plas said. “We had us for 17 paint touches in the first half, and when we can get 65 percent of our offense to go through the paint, it’s a difficult night for the other team.”

   The success around the basket opened up good shots from the perimeter as the Tigers sunk five 3-pointers in the first half.

   They also made several other shots from just inside the arc.

   “We think we’re better when you’ve got to worry about the rim all the time,” Dean Vander Plas said. “They were starting to pack that lane, and all of a sudden the jump shots were going down because we had wide-open looks in rhythm.”

   Ripon (8-0 conference, 15-0 overall) also made itself hard to guard by receiving contributions from several different players.

Read the full story, which includes information on wins over Laconia and Winneconne, in the Feb. 2, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.