Los Angeles Preps: Jessy Cantinol

Village Chr. gets first state title berth

March, 17, 2012

ONTARIO -- Bryan Alberts sent Village Christian to its first CIF State championship game hitting a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left in the Southern California Regional Division V final.

His 3-pointer gave Village Christian a three-point edge in a 58-57 win over Renaissance Academy at Colony High School on Saturday.

“It’s great for us,” Alberts said. “It’s just another one of our goals.”

With the score tied 55-55, Alberts nailed his third 3-pointer of the game. Renaissance Academy’s Vince DeGuzman cut the lead to one with a tough layup with 10 seconds left.

After DeGuzman’s basket, Village Christian’s Joe Shashaty was fouled, but missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw.

Renaissance Academy put the ball in DeGuzman’s hand for the final shot, but his off-balance 3-pointer hit the front of the rim and bounced out at the buzzer.

Jessy Cantinol and DeGuzman led a feisty Renaissance Academy offense throughout the game. Cantinol scored a game-high 22 points and was 9-for-11 from the field. DeGuzman scored 10 points and was one of three players from Renaissance Academy in double figures.

Renaissance Academy had a one-point lead, 48-47, to start the fourth quarter. Marquis Salmon tied the score, 49-49, for Village Christian fighting for two tough rebounds and scoring with 7:10 to play.

Marsalis Johnson put Village Christian up by two points, 51-49, with a pair of free throws.

But Renaissance Academy battled back. Yendra Maglorie tied the score, 53-53, on his second basket of the game midway through the fourth quarter.

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Renaissance routs Besant Hill

January, 28, 2012
WESTLAKE VILLAGE – Poor Besant Hill didn’t have a chance. The boys' basketball team from Ojai caught Renaissance Academy in between games against Price of Los Angeles and La Verne Lutheran, two of the best teams in the state.

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Tim Haddock/For ESPNLA.comKevin Dinges scored 11 points for Renaissance Academy in its victory Saturday.
Renaissance Academy showed little mercy.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 14-3 first-quarter lead and routed Besant Hill, 61-34, in the Oaks Christian Shootout on Saturday night.

Renaissance Academy (18-3) led 35-5 at halftime and didn’t allow Besant Hill (5-9) into double figures until midway through the third quarter.

Despite the blowout win, Renaissance Academy coach Sid Cooke said his team lacked energy, which could be troublesome when the Wildcats play La Verne Lutheran, ranked No. 3 in the ESPN Los Angeles rankings, on Wednesday night at L.A. Valley College.

It was the same level of energy his team had Thursday night in a 68-55 loss to Price, the No. 14 team in the ESPN Los Angeles rankings.

“In the second half, we played with Price,” Cooke said. “We had a couple open looks. The energy wasn’t there. Today, again, the energy wasn’t there. We have been preaching more energy, come out with more urgency. Our goal is to always play as hard as we can. I don’t think we did that the last two games.”

If the players lacked energy, the score didn’t reflect that. Renaissance Academy was up 10-0 before Besant Hill hit its first field goal. The Coyotes were 1-for-10 from the field in the first quarter and 2-for-18 from the field in the first half.

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