BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — The Burroughs High and Renaissance boys' basketball teams were both not at full strength when they met Friday night in a semifinal game of the Bell-Jeff Holiday Classic.
The Indians were missing four key players, three of whom were suspended after being involved in a scuffle during a tournament game Thursday against Royal and one who was injured. The Wildcats were missing their starting point guard and some other players were battling illness.
Renaissance built up a big lead and had to battle to hold off Burroughs, notching a 56-46 victory at Bell-Jeff.
The win puts the Wildcats (6-3) into the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday against Bell-Jeff.
"Our best player's out and that's really tough on us," said Wildcats Coach Sid Cooke about starting sophomore point guard Marquise Mosley, who is sidelined with an ankle injury. "And the other guys being sick didn't help. Plus we're very young and we don't have a lot of seniors, so we're still learning."