Shikellamy rallied to within three at 29-26 when C.J. Tyler missed a layup after a steal, but Kyle Leitzel was there for the putback. Danville appeared to survive the run as Renz scored five points in the final 1:20, and Phil Stemm added a bucket to push the Ironmen lead to 36-29 at halftime.
Danville (5-3, 2-1) would push its lead to nine to open the half, but the Braves scored six consecutive points to cut the lead to 38-35 with six minutes left in the third quarter.
"You can go player-to-player in this locker room and ask them what I think the most important part of the game is and they'll say the first three minutes of the second half," Smith said. "If you get outplayed in that first three minutes it's hard to recover."
The Shikellamy defense in the second half limited Renz to just two points and the Ironmen to just 36 percent, after shooting 58 percent in the first half. Take away Stemm's outstanding half, where he scored 15 of the Ironmen's 19 second-half points and Danville shot just 2-of-15.
"Renz shot the ball very well in the first half and he's been doing that all season," Foor said. "We started rotating a couple of different guys on him in the second half and gave him some different looks."
Danville got the lead back to nine on back-to-back three-point plays by Stemm, but the Braves defense limited the Ironmen to just one field goal over the final 5:13 of the third quarter.
Shikellamy put together six consecutive points over the final 30 seconds of the third quarter, the last two coming on Ryan Kenney's putback at the buzzer to cut the Danville lead to 46-45.
Stemm's bucket with 5:20 left in the game gave Danville a 51-47 lead, but Tyler took advantage of a long rebound for a fast break layup to tie the game at 51 with 4:26 left.