The Ripon High School boys’ basketball team had a shot to tie the game or win it in the final seconds Tuesday night.

   That’s all it could ask for after allowing the Lomira Lions to shoot 14-of-17 (82 percent) from behind the 3-point line and score another couple three-point plays.

  In the end, however, the Tigers couldn’t get the shot to fall, dropping their season-opener 71-69.

  “I’m proud of them,” said Ripon head coach Steve Brooks, who was coaching his first varsity game. “They fought, they played together. We talked before the game, we talked for the first two weeks of the season about playing for each other and they did that ...

   “We want to play well enough to have a shot at the end and we did that. And all of the things that we struggled with are correctable.”

   One of those areas that can be fixed is Ripon’s perimeter defense.
It struggled to close out on the Lions’ shooters and they took advantage to the tune of 14 3-pointers.

   Of them, seven came in the first half — which included Lomira’s first four baskets of the game.

Read the full story, which includes information on the final shot, in the Nov. 30, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.