By Steve Fryer, OC Varsity
JSerra was strong in the first quarter and strong in the fourth.
In between, the Lions did not play so well.
JSerra had an 18-point lead in the first quarter and fell behind in the third before a game-concluding roll brought the Lions a 77-66 victory over Clovis West in a second-round game of the Jim Harris Memorial Tournament of Champions at Ocean View High.
“We played well in the first quarter,” JSerra coach Joedy Gardner said. “But we lost our concentration in the second quarter. Defensively, we picked it up in the second half.”
JSerra’s victory set up an attractive semifinal Friday night in the tournament. The Lions (5-1) play Ocean View (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. In the other semifinal, it’s a matchup of state-ranked teams, as Mater Dei (3-0, No. 6 in California) plays No. 13 Compton (5-1) at 9 p.m.
The Lions jumped to a 9-0 lead and took a 29-11 advantage into the second quarter. They made 12 of 18 first-quarter shots.
Things went the way of Clovis West (2-3) in the second, as the Golden Eagles outscored the Lions by 17 to trail 39-38 at halftime.