Ripley boys advance to County Tournament finals with win over Cougars

If Ripley had a slogan for this season it would go something like this: same defense, different day.

The Tigers used their standard stifling defense and pulled away after the first quarter to advance to a familiar place for them: the Finals of the Tippah County Tournament.

Blue Mountain kept it close in the first quarter, trailing only 18-11 after the first quarter, but a 22-10 second quarter and subsequent 40-21 halftime advantage.

The intensity from the Tigers increased in the third as they went on a 29-5 run, coasting in the fourth quarter to a 84-39 victory.

The Tigers were led by Cam Ruckers 15. Montrae Mason added 14 while Jesus Ruedas and Alex Prather each scored 10.

Blue Mountain was led by Trenton Gray with 11 points.

Ripley advances to play Falkner at 7 on Saturday.

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