Austin Lopez lays the ball off the backboard for a basket against Campbellsport. He finished with 10 points.
Austin Lopez lays the ball off the backboard for a basket against Campbellsport. He finished with 10 points.

   A fire was not the only thing extinguished during the second half of the Ripon High School boys’ basketball team’s game at Campbellsport last week Friday.

   Ripon’s offense flamed out, too.

   After roughly a 15-minute break due to a fire that broke out in a construction area adjacent to the building, the Tigers were out-scored 23-13 in the final nine minutes of the game en route to a 58-56 loss.

   Ripon led 43-35 at the time the fire alarm sounded, which sent the players and fans outside the building.

   “It was the weirdest game that I have ever been a part of either as a player or coach,” Ripon head coach Steve Brooks said. “... Your mind goes from, ‘You’re in a middle of a game trying to figure out how you’re going to sub and do things,’ to ‘Are my daughters OK? Are my players OK? What’s going to happen?’ It was a total mind switch.”

   The odd experience continued for the Tigers once they returned to the gymnasium to finish the game.

   “Most of the Campbellsport people left. The people that stayed from Ripon were there, but obviously it was just a different feel and we never really got ourselves going again,” Brooks said.

   The Ripon head coach noted his team went away from what it should have done after the fire.

Read the full story, which includes information on a dramatic ending to the game, in the Jan. 25, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press