Max Beuthin shoots the ball in Ripon’s 79-70 victory over Winneconne. He scored 18 points, which was tied for second on the team with Isaac Mills.
Max Beuthin shoots the ball in Ripon’s 79-70 victory over Winneconne. He scored 18 points, which was tied for second on the team with Isaac Mills.

   It might only have been the fourth game of the season, but the Ripon High School boys’ basketball team received a gut check Tuesday night from New London.

   The Tigers fell behind the Bulldogs 25-9 around 11 minutes in and never were able to put up a fight as they lost 77-49 on the road.

   “Before the game, I told the kids that we needed to play with a high level of energy and just have maximum effort — and we didn’t ...,” Ripon head coach Steve Brooks said. “We allowed them to get comfortable and allowed them to do the things that we told our kids they were going to do ... They hit a couple shots and that’s that proverbial punch in the face that we took, and we didn’t get up from it.”

   He added it’s hard to be in games if the kids who are on the court with two or three years of varsity experience don’t rally the troops.

  The lack of competitive spirit was the topic at halftime and Brooks noted that he saw some improvement in the second half.

   “They responded and they played the first three minutes as I asked. For the rest of the way they competed and that was good,” he said. “But this is the kind of game you need to refer back to.”

Read the full story, which includes information on victories over Omro and Winneconne, in the Dec. 6, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.