Max Beuthin is sandwiched by a pair of Plymouth defenders on a shot attempt in the second half of Ripon’s 75-62 loss. He finished with 14 points.
Max Beuthin is sandwiched by a pair of Plymouth defenders on a shot attempt in the second half of Ripon’s 75-62 loss. He finished with 14 points.

   After going a week without being in the gym due to last week’s cold and snowy weather, Ripon head boys’ basketball coach Steve Brooks was nervous about how his team would come out in its game against Plymouth last week Friday.

   He needn’t have worried about getting the lead. Keeping it? That was the bigger problem.

   The Tigers jumped out to an 18-11 lead and led 33-30 at halftime, before falling apart defensively in the second half en route to a 75-62 home loss to the Panthers.

   “We came out, we started well, we were patient, we played well together, we defended,” Brooks said. “We did everything that we wanted to do and we let up a little bit at the end of the first half, but we had a three-point lead there.

   “Then it was a tale of two halves and we went the other way in the second half. But I liked the way that we started. We did a good job considering the circumstance.”

   Where the game went wrong for Ripon (4-5 conference, 6-11 overall) in the second half was on defense, where it struggled to get back and rebound.

Read the full story in the Feb. 7, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.