The latest basketball game for the Ripley Vikings was no day in the Park.
Wheeling Park invaded the Ripley Health Center Thursday and escaped with a 54-41 victory.

The latest basketball game for the Ripley Vikings was no day in the Park.

 Wheeling Park invaded the Ripley Health Center  Thursday  and escaped with a 54-41 victory.

  Ripley managed to stay with the Patriots – a program with a state championship resume (winning it all in 1980 and 1995) – in the first half, but a bad  third quarter ended the hopes of a second victory of the season.

  The two battled to a 14-14 tie at the end of one with Park going up by three (32-29) at the break.

In the third, Park outscored Ripley by an 11-4 count to stretch its lead out to 10.

  Ripley again was limited to single digits scoring in the fourth with just eight points while Park added another 11.

  Isaiah Riffe led the way for the Vikings with 15 points. Riffe was 2-of-7 from 2-point range and was a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the 3-point line. He was also a perfect 2-of-2 at the free throw line.

  Griffin Durst finished the night with nine points for the Vikings while Ty Johnson chipped in seven.

Tobias Scholl scored five in the loss while Deontae Mosley delivered three and Jaxon Harris two.

  Ripley made 10-of-31 shots from the field and was 5-of-16 behind the arc. The Vikings made all six of their free throw attempts.

  Keondre King led the Patriots in scoring with 18 followed by Alex Vargo’s 14.

  The Patriots hit 15-of-34 shots from the 2-point area and were 4-of-13 from beyond the 3-point line.

  Park made good on12-of-16 free throws.

  Park won the battle in the rebounding department, 36-24.

  Johnson had seven boards for the Vikings with Riffe collecting five.

  Durst had five steals in the game with Johnson blocking three shots. Scholl led in assists with two.

  Ripley is slated to be back in action  tonight  (Tuesday) with a trip to Point Pleasant.