Rex Pflueger, Osetkowski and Vassar will be back next season, but they were part of an impressive blend against Ocean View.
“That was probably one of our best games we’ve played this year because we put 32 minutes together,” Gardner said. “We’ve been really struggling playing about 15, 16, 17 minutes and then going through those lapses, and those craters that we don’t like to go into.”
Aytes might have never been 100 percent this winter after undergoing offseason knee surgery. But that didn’t stop the 6-7 first-year starter from leading the Lions in scoring (15.6) and being the most consistent contributor on a young team that frequently shuffled its lineup. Expect a healthy Aytes to be one of the county’s five best players next season.
The varsity Lions hosted rival Santa Margarita Catholic High School in anything but a lack-luster night.
A car raffle, electrifying half-time shows, Father Damien parting the sea of students, and an epic win over the Eagles made for a night to remember.
Kyle Ingram started the game with a two-point field goal against the Eagles, while Jamal Aytes, who was fouled by Santa Margarita, made back-to-back free throws to end the first quarter.
The Lions went on to score 16 points in the second with the Eagles scoring 10.
JSerra’s half-time was a show stopper with a pep squad performance, and former Laker star Mychal Thompson drawing the winner of the 2012 Toyota Scion TC, JSerra parent James T. Also, raffled were two basketballs autographed by Thompson.
During the second half the Lions scored another 33 points to take the win over the Eagles in a 60-44 game.
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