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Playing even after four quarters, the Renaissance Academy High boys’ basketball team didn’t have quite enough during overtime to beat Mark Keppel, losing 52-48, last Thursday in a non-league game.
The Wildcats had several chances, but over the final 24 seconds of the fourth quarter, failed to locate the hoop twice, and also had a pair of turnovers. The final miscue forced the four-minute overtime.
Trying everything in his power, Jess Cantinol scored 13 points for the host Wildcats, and grabbed 17 rebounds.
Cantinol’s two baskets, with Renaissance Academy trailing by one point, pushed the lead to three points with less than a minute left in the final quarter.
Then it started to unravel somewhat. On a silly play, Mark Keppel’s Jordan Young was fouled while attempting a three-point shot.
Even professionals make mind-numbing mistakes, so it’s not unusual for a high school player to make them. Nonetheless, it can make a coach scratch his head.
Young nailed all three free throws, and tied it at 44-44, but there was still time left.
Nick Troplant led the Wildcats (5-5) with 14 points, but he missed a jump shot. However, the ball was rebounded by teammate Ed Burrows, who had his shot blocked.
Six-game losing streaks can be unbearable, and should be avoided. Holy Family was in such a funk, and it took a 25-point effort from Gayle Lachica on Thursday in the 14th Annual Pioneer Shootout at Providence High to snap that skein during a 70-40 triumph over New Roads (2-7) in the 15th-place game.
Lachica, a senior guard, had 10 rebounds, six assists, nine steals, and tallied 10 points in the first quarter. Holy Family (2-8) played well in the opening half, taking a 36-17 lead.
Backcourt partner senior guard Clarizza Merino dropped in 20 points with four steals, and junior forward Elena Lomeli snagged 12 boards, and scored 12 points for the Gaels.
New Roads guard Kiara Rogers poured in 18 points, with three blocks and six steals, while center Marielle Meyers took down 15 rebounds and added eight points.
The Flintridge Prep girls’ squad went down to a 25-24 defeat in overtime to Canoga Park on the same day in the Pioneer Shootout’s 13th-place game.
The Rebels (3-7) moved in front, 22-19, when Gabby Zen scored a basket with less than 1:40 left in the fourth quarter.
Maya Okamoto tallied a game-high 14 points for Flintridge Prep, while the Hunters (2-8) were paced by center Kelsey Aitken’s 11 points and eight boards.