PASADENA — All season long, the Renaissance Academy boys' basketball team has leaned on the play of its starters.
It was the Wildcats' bench that picked up the slack and delivered 35 points in a 79-51 victory over Vincent Memorial High Tuesday in the first round of the Southern California Regional of the CIF State Division V Championships at Pasadena City College's Hutto-Patterson Gym.
"Our starters didn't come out ready, they were anxious, and for the first time our bench really stepped up," Renaissance Academy Coach Sid Cooke said. "I am glad we got some production from them."
Renaissance (25-6) may have had its biggest scare of the postseason as it didn't put the Scots away until the fourth quarter.
The Scots (22-7) never held a lead, but forced two ties in the first half.
Vincent Memorial was able to hang around because the Wildcats struggled so mightily offensively in the first half. They only had one three-pointer in the first 16 minutes and were 45% (10-22) from the free-throw line in the opening half.