Swarming Austin Lopez, second from right, after he made the game-winning basket are, from left, Hunter Auchtung, head coach Steve Brooks, Ryan Brewer and Jackson Morrin.
Swarming Austin Lopez, second from right, after he made the game-winning basket are, from left, Hunter Auchtung, head coach Steve Brooks, Ryan Brewer and Jackson Morrin.

   Ripon High School head boys’ basketball coach Steve Brooks wishes he could take credit for drawing up the game-winning play Tuesday night against Little Chute.

   With the game tied at 42 and 10.2 seconds left, Marshall Morrin inbounded the ball to Hunter Auchtung and then got the ball back.

   Morrin then slipped as he passed the ball to Luke Rogers, who got off an off-balanced shot that bounced off the backboard and into the hands of Austin Lopez. The senior proceeded to put it back up as the buzzer sounded to win the game.

   The basket gave the Tigers their first win of the season as they improved to 1-2 with the victory.

   “Not that,” Brooks said when asked what he drew up on the game-winning play, noting he was trying to do the same play the Tigers unsuccessfully tried a week earlier in a 71-69 loss to Lomira. “What I told the kids tonight was we have to win all those 50/50 battles. So Luke got a shot on the rim; to Austin’s credit he stuck with it and he fought and as a result, he was in a spot to be successful.”

   The game-winning shot didn’t appear like it would be necessary for a good chunk of the game.

Read the full story, which includes information on a loss to WLA last week Friday, in the Dec. 7, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.