Kennedy Catholic hands Renton boys basketball team first loss of season

The Renton boys basketball team's quest for a perfect season came to an unexpected end Friday when the Kennedy Catholic Lancers rallied in the fourth quarter to hand the Indians their first loss of the year, 49-39.

Renton went out fast, winning the first quarter 11-8 and taking a 22-19 lead into halftime. The Indians also came out hot in the third quarter, outpacing Kennedy 12-10.

But the fourth quarter was all Lancers as they dropped 20 points on the Indians and held them to just 5 points in the final frame.

Jonathan Patterson and Lavelle Smith led the way for Renton with 10 points each, followed by 6 points each from Jordan Holland and Justin Pienh.

Kennedy's Josh Diertus led all scorers with 18.

The loss is the first of the year for the Renton program and sends them into the Sub-District tournament with a 19-1 overall record and a 13-1 conference record.

The Indians open their postseason Wednesday versus the Sumner Spartans at Foster High School.

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