The Tiger boys’ basketball team didn’t play like a team with a five-game winning streak last week Friday in Freedom.

The result was its first loss since the opening week of January. The Irish (8-2, 11-4) beat the Tigers (6-5, 7-10) 60-40.

“We didn’t stick with what helped us win the last five games,” coach Dean Vander Plas said.

It started with shooting for Ripon.

The Tigers shot a meager 29 percent from the field while Freedom shot 51 percent. Ripon took more 3-point shot than it usually does — with disastrous results at only one of 17 went in.

In relying heavily on the outside shot, the Tigers didn’t set up their inside game, which had proven to be effective during the winning streak.

“The beauty of our game of late has been we were waiting and getting good looks and being patient,” Vander Plas said. “We were not patient at all against Freedom.”

The Irish started the game on a 10-2 run, putting the Tigers in an early hole. Although they fought back, the score was still 14-10 Freedom after one quarter. The Irish extended the lead to 30-20 at the half.

Read the full story in the Feb. 3, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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