Renaissance Hangs On Against St. Mary’s 43-41

7 Mar

IMG_0211-2Renaissance junior standout Justin Turner did not score a single point in his team’s game against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s for the Operation Friendship consolation contest.

Fortunately for Turner and Renaissance, the Phoenix are not solely driven by Turner.  Senior point guard Darryl Smith led Renaissance with a game-high 17 points, including five threes.  While junior division one football recruit Alaric Jackson held down the paint for 15 points and 12 rebounds.

With 1:58 left in the fourth, Smith connected on a three to place Renaissance up four.  The Phoenix would still lead by two with less than a minute remaining.  Under thirty seconds now to play, Smith missed the front end of a one-and-one.  Boswell pushed the ball, but his lay-up was off the mark.  Sophomore point guard C.J. Wilson sneaked in for the rebound, and St. Mary’s called a timeout holding the ball with 16.5 seconds.  The Eaglets elected to go for the win, and Wilson’s three fell off the side of the rim.  A tussle for the ball killed the clock.  Renaissance victory.

Jason Boswell led St. Mary’s with 15 points, while Jalon Bailey came off the bench for 14 points.

Renaissance will play and host Detroit Mumford in first round of district play.  The Mustangs handed Renaissance one of their seven losses in early January.

The loss evens OLSM’S regular-season record to 10-10.  Next up for the Eaglets will be 19-1 Walled Lake Western in the first round of Walled Lake Central’s district.

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