Max Beuthin puts up a shot against Omro. He scored a game-high 22 points.
Max Beuthin puts up a shot against Omro. He scored a game-high 22 points.

   Steve Brooks knows Omro was there for the taking Tuesday night.

   That’s what bothers the Ripon boys’ basketball coach the most following his team’s 60-54 non-conference road loss to the Foxes.

   “I didn’t have them ready enough,” he said of the defeat. “I didn’t have them ready to go in a lot of different areas of the game. We started well and got out to like a 13-4 lead and we hit some shots. Then we went away from what we were doing and we were flat and I didn’t make enough adjustments to get us out of those situations. So I guess my biggest takeaway is that I need to do a better job at practice to get these guys ready to go game days.”

   Steve Brooks noted the Tigers continued to get some good looks after the early run, but could not capitalize on them. They also had breakdowns defensively, which resulted in a 25-25 tie at halftime.

   “We just didn’t execute,” the Ripon head coach said. “We missed some points in the paint and we gave them some opportunities to hit some 3-[pointer]s that kept them close that we didn’t contest as well as we should have like we had talked about.”

   The Tigers (0-2 overall) continued to struggle matching Omro’s intensity in the second half and fell behind the Foxes (1-0 overall) by around nine or 10 points.

Read the full story in the Dec. 5, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.