LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — On its final play in regulation Thursday against visiting Mark Keppel, the Renaissance Academy boys' basketball team saw one opportunity after another to score a tiebreaking basket slip away.
Four minutes after the buzzer sounded to end the fourth quarter, the game had slipped away from the Wildcats, as well, in a 52-48 nonleague loss following an overtime period they would have preferred to avoid altogether.
With the shot clock off, the Wildcats were ensured the last shot of regulation, should they have the patience and wherewithal to set it up. Instead Renaissance filled the final 24 seconds with two missed shots and two turnovers, the second of which forced an overtime in which Jessy Cantinol's four points weren't enough to keep the Wildcats from falling to 5-5.
"They hit big shots, they're better than us, there's nothing I can say," Wildcats Coach Sid Cooke said. "We don't have the attitude or focus at the end of a game. We've let four or five games just slip away. We preach to them, but at this point, you would think [they would learn]."