Max Beuthin, right, goes up for the opening tip at the Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh.
Max Beuthin, right, goes up for the opening tip at the Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh.

   Playing at the home of the Milwaukee Bucks’ G-League affiliate Wisconsin Herd was about the only highlight for the Ripon Tiger boys’ basketball team last week Saturday.

   The Tigers were stampeded by Oshkosh Lourdes 81-47 at Menomonie Nation Arena in Oshkosh.

   The game was a home game for Ripon, despite the contest taking place in Lourdes’ backyard.

   Ripon (3-7 overall) fell behind the Knights (8-1 overall) 19-3 to start the game and trailed 53-23 at halftime. The deficit then ballooned to 78-39 with a few minutes remaining, before the Tigers closed it out on an 8-3 run.

   “We told the guys exactly what they were going to do,” Ripon head coach Steve Brooks said, noting the players still are working on buying into what the coaches want them to do. “We told them about the tempo, about the shooters, about everything and we allowed them to get off to a good start and we allowed them to kind of impose their will and run the floor and do all that stuff.”

   He added both teams played the day before, with Lourdes taking part in the Sun Drop Shootout at the Kress Events Center in Green Bay, so fatigue is no excuse.

Read the full story, which includes information on what Ripon did after the game, as well as a recap of a game against Laconia, in the Jan. 3, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.