David DeValk hammers the ball home to get the scoring started in the second half. DeValk finished with a career-high 13 points to go with seven rebounds and three blocks.  Alex Zacharias photo
David DeValk hammers the ball home to get the scoring started in the second half. DeValk finished with a career-high 13 points to go with seven rebounds and three blocks. Alex Zacharias photo

   Trent Jones had a chance to win the game at the end of the regulation for the Ripon College men’s basketball team last week Saturday, but couldn’t make the shot.

   Head coach Ryan Kane knew the senior guard wouldn’t squander the opportunity again in overtime.

   Jones sunk the game-winning floater with 2.2 seconds left in overtime to lift the Red Hawks to a 68-66 win over the Wheaton Thunder in their home opener.

   It marks the second time Jones has won a game for his team this season; he also hit the go-ahead shot with 36 seconds left in a 71-70 road victory over the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Nov. 19.

   The win also avenges a 74-64 loss to Wheaton last season. The Thunder went on to make the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

   “It’s great to have a guy that wants the ball in those moments,” Kane said, adding the team believes in Jones and he believes in himself because he’s put in the work.

  Making the most-recent game-winning shot even more impressive to Kane is the fact that Jones played 42 minutes on a bad ankle.

  The ankle caused him to miss Ripon’s last game against Luther.

Read the full story, which includes information on the dominance of David DeValk and Kyle Rutkowski inside, in the Dec. 5, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.