The Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals turned the ball over 25 times and shot just 18% as they lost to the Renaissance Academy Wildcats 58-32 in the CIF Southern Section Division 5-A boys basketball championship Saturday morning at Godinez High School in Santa Ana.
Full-court pressure by the Wildcats (21-7) caused four turnovers in four possessions by the Cardinals (20-6) in the opening moments of the game that helped Renaissance Academy open up a 12-0 lead.
“I knew we would have our hands full,” said SCCS head coach James Mosley. “I knew they were a great team. Their pressure bothered us in the first half. I thought we would be able to handle it a little bit better. It’s just tough to simulate that in practice.”
The Cardinals didn’t score until there was 4:27 left in the first quarter when Cameron Lewis found a lane and made a lay-up.
The Wildcats shot 65% from the field in the first half to build a 33-12 halftime lead.
For the game Renaissance Academy shot 19 of 36 (53%). Marquise Mosley led the Wildcats with 17 points and K.J. Okmanas added 15.
Santa Clarita Christian was never really in the game. After the pressure created the large lead early, the Cardinals were never able to draw close.
“Once the first half went on the damage was kind of done and you’re playing from behind,” Mosley said. “I’m proud of our kids. I knew it was going to be a tough game. Ultimately I’m happy with their effort.”
The Cardinals were led by Phillip Webb with nine points and 16 rebounds. Kamron Carroll added seven points, Jacob Moss had five and Christopher Collins had four points to go with nine rebounds.