Entering Tuesday’s season-opening game against Winnebago Lutheran Academy (WLA), the Ripon High School boys’ basketball team wanted to control the tempo and play well in its home gymnasium.

To say that it did that in the first half would be an understatement.

The Tigers scored 30 of the game’s first 32 points and led 46-13 at the half. They took their foot off the gas pedal a bit in the second half en route to a 67-46 victory.

The win comes nine games sooner than Ripon’s first win last season, when it began the year 0-9.

“It is something that I think our seniors had put in their mind: that we were going to get off to a good start this year,” Ripon head coach Dean Vander Plas said. “Playing in our home gym, they really wanted to show people that this is going to be a team that is fun to come and watch. It is a brand of basketball that would be exciting; it is a brand of basketball that is about ‘team,’ not ‘me.’ So I think while we never talked about [last year’s early season struggles], you could tell that there was an urgency to it from our team.”

Read the full story, which includes information about a balanced-scoring attack, in the Nov. 21, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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