Injuries take toll on ‘Cats

first_imgCook finished with 19points. Harold contributed 18. Combs and sophomore Matt Raya chipped in with 10 and eight points, respectively. At 6-foot-8, sophomore Anthony Stover was a non-factor, scoring only six points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – With starting guards Josh Thomas and Yader Combs nursing injuries suffered in Tuesday’s quarterfinal victory at Immanuel of Reedley, Renaissance Academy did not have enough firepower in a 65-61 CIF State Southern Regional semifinal loss to View Park Prep at Crenshaw High on Saturday night. “We came out a little flat,” Renaissance Academy coach Sid Cooke said. “That trip to Fresno on Tuesday took a lot out of us. Yader couldn’t really get going with the groin injury. It’s been a long season.” Things got worse in the third quarter when the Knights went on a 15-4 run and pushed the lead to as many as 16 points. Junior Jason Pruitt, a transfer from Artesia and younger brother of USC guard Gabe Pruitt, scored 10 points in the quarter and finished with 27 points to lead View Park Prep. Renaissance sorely missed the always reliable Thomas. All season long, Thomas facilitated the offense and was a reliable outside shooter. Thomas played sparingly and only for short stints, but he couldn’t put weight on the ankle or cut effectively, which limited his productivity on the court. “He was averaging over 20points in the playoffs and was breaking people down,” Cooke said. “Not having Josh was a huge loss tonight.” Renaissance Academy trailed by as many as 22points early in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats made a furious rally, keyed by baskets from Justin Cook, Harold and two 3-pointers from Combs. The Wildcats ended the game on a 27-9 run, but it was too little, too late. center_img The Wildcats made problems only worse right after the opening tip with several turnovers and missed layups – giving up too many second and third chances to the Knights. Despite the deficiencies, Renaissance Academy used an 8-2 second-quarter run and then first-half points from sophomore Hector Harold to trail 25-21 at halftime. last_img

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