Denver, CO – The Longmont Trojans needed senior guard Brady Renck to make a play. They needed him to make free throws. They needed Renck to provide confidence to a rattled Trojan team Friday afternoon at the Denver Coliseum in the 4A semi-final game against the Pueblo East Eagles. Renck had played a good game into the fourth quarter but it was his performance the final four minutes of the game that sealed another trip back to the 4A finals for the Trojans.
The Eagles had cut the Trojan lead to one point with 3:15 remaining in the game. The momentum seemed to have swung to the Eagles side after the 10-3 run. Jaxon Herring, Darnell Kindred, and Kain Medrano all had big buckets in the run. It was this slick looking step back jumper from Medrano that cut the Longmont lead to one, 50-49.
Renck was fouled on the next play and sank both free throws, then after an East turnover, Renck found fellow senior Calvin Seamons for an easy layup. Then Renck got a layup of his own after Longmont has able to secure a missed Eagle shot and the smart point guard found a path to the rim. Jaydon Elkins also made a layup in traffic of his own before Renck sank two more free throws. What had been a one-point lead for Longmont and turned into a 10 point lead for the Trojans with 1:23 left. There were still more free throws to shoot and Renck did his part. He was 10/11 from the line for the game. It was a good thing Renck shot so well from the free throw line as the rest of the Trojans combined to shoot 9 of 23 from the free throw line.
Renck had been making plays the entire game on both ends of the floor and was a big part of helping Longmont turn the Eagles over at least 21 times. The Longmont defenders in the paint tipped and smacked the ball from behind and some times straight took the ball away from Pueblo East as they drove to the rim.
Longmont got the rebounds and stops it needed the final two minutes to go along with Renck’s work on the offensive end of the floor.
Longmont will take on Lewis-Palmer tomorrow for the 4A State Championship.