At the onset of the second quarter, Cal Lutheran (20-4) began to fall behind in the face of too many Wildcats steals, too many extended Renaissance possessions — thanks to eight first-half offensive rebounds — and too much Cantinol.
The senior center was a beast inside, grabbing two offensive boards and bullying his way to the hole at will through clusters of blue jerseys throughout the first half en route to finishing with 12 points in the first half, which led all scorers at intermission.
"We knew we had to do it for [Cooke] and all he did for us these four years," Cantinol said.
Renaissance's key 9-0 run to begin the second quarter started with a pair of free throws by Cantinol, who was fouled while attempting a putback. Marquise Mosley (11 points) then knocked down a three-pointer, the Wildcats' first make from distance of the game.