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The Ripon High School boys’ basketball team knew going into last week’s Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook (WBY) Shootout that it was going to be difficult to just stay in the games due to the level of the competition.

While that turned out to be the case as the Tigers lost to Onalaska 97-44 and Catholic Memorial 79-45 at Concordia University in Mequon, Ripon head coach Steve Brooks noted it was a positive experience.

“It was a good atmosphere,” Steve Brooks said of the WBY Shootout, which is one of the premier holiday tournaments in the state. “The kids enjoyed it. We got to watch a lot of games and just spend a lot of time together, which is important. So that was the biggest benefit was just having our guys be together in a different setting. Although the games didn’t go as we had hoped, it was good for our team in the long run.”

He also was pleased with how his team competed, especially on the second day against Catholic Memorial. In that game, Ripon (2-7 overall) trailed 45-21 at halftime, before coming back to lose the second half just 34-24.

“Despite losing the first day by 53 points, they came back and they competed and they played hard,” Steve Brooks said of his players. “Throughout the game, we just kept talking about little battles to try to win and they did that. So I give them credit for sticking it out and playing hard despite the outcome.”

He noted that he thought Catholic Memorial (9-2 overall) was the better of the two opponents Ripon faced at the WBY Shootout and that the Tigers threw some zone in defensively to try to slow Catholic Memorial down, which he believes they executed on short notice.

Riley Brooks led Ripon against Catholic Memorial with 23 points on 9-of-26 shooting from the field. Spencer Schultz and Kai Agaimaite added seven and six points, respectively, in the losing effort.

Against Onalaska, the Tigers trailed 52-25 at halftime and lost the second half 45-19 en route to the 97-44 final.

Riley Brooks finished with a team-high 11 points for Ripon, while Agamatie and Brandon Carlson each added eight points. Alex Mancl chipped in five points, while Henry Willett and Schultz contributed four points apiece.

Steve Brooks noted that the Tigers needed to be better with the ball as it struggled with pressure and turned it over a lot.

He also said it has to rebound better on both sides, especially defensively as giving a team two or three chances per possession is not going to help them be successful.

Up next

Ripon tried to get back on the winning track Tuesday, when it hosted Lomira in a non-conference game that finished after press time. It also is slated to host another non-conference contest Friday against Clintonville.

Tip off is set for 7:15 p.m.

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