Elliot Hoerdemann tries to block a shot.
Elliot Hoerdemann tries to block a shot.

   The bank was open for Lake Forest last week Saturday and that was bad news for the Ripon College men’s basketball team.

   Eric Porter banked a 3-pointer off the backboard to give the Foresters a 65-64 lead with 32 seconds remaining and they held on for a 69-64 home victory.

   With the loss, the Red Hawks drop into a tie for third place in the Midwest Conference — one game back of Lake Forest and Monmouth for the conference lead.

   The defeat was their first in their last nine games.

   “It was a great college basketball game,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said. “They made one more play than we did. It was obvious to me that [Ripon and Lake Forest] were the best teams in our conference based on how that game went. In this last run we’ve been on, we haven’t faced an opponent quite their caliber.”

   The game was competitive from the opening tip off as no team led by more than five points until the final few minutes of the first half.

   Ripon held a slim lead for a much of the first half, including by as many as five points at 19-14 with 10 minutes remaining.’

   But the Foresters ended the half on a 14-5 run to take a 35-28 advantage into the locker room.

Read the full story, which includes information on the second half, in the Feb. 8, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.