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December 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Three-pointers: Rapid reaction from Renton’s win against Kentwood on Saturday

Here are three quick thoughts from Renton’s 66-61 win against Kentwood on Saturday in the Bellevue College Holiday Tournament. Renton (11-0) won the tournament.

1. Renton’s quickness and pace will give a lot of teams headaches. The Indians weren’t much of a three-point threat on Saturday – they made just 3 of 12 attempts – but they have a horde of quick guards that relentlessly attack the basket. Lavelle Smith might be the quickest of the bunch. He finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Justin Pienh, one of the few guards who doesn’t drive often, is a serious three-point threat. He’ll get plenty of opportunities to let loose with the way Renton’s guards attack.

2. Renton will be ranked No. 1. The Indians are technically ranked second in our 2A rankings right now, but with No. 1 Lynden losing recently, Renton should be No. 1 when our next rankings come out. That’s assuming, of course, that the Indians also don’t drop a game. (By the way, our rankings should come out a week from this Monday).

3. Kentwood’s team doesn’t go down without landing a few punches. The Conquerors looked cooked late in the fourth quarter: They trailed by eight with just 1:30 left in the game. But Kentwood’s Jackson Huerta (13 points) combined with Malik Sanchez (nine points off the bench) to make Renton sweat in the final seconds. The Conquerors (6-4) return to league play against an Auburn team that also likes to press so coach Blake Solomon said Saturday was good preparation for his team. If the Conquerors would have had four less turnovers, they would have had a real chance at winning.

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