JSerra Happy With its New Place in Trinity League

VassarBy Damien Calhoun, OC Varsity

Finishing in the top three in the Trinity League is quite an accomplishment, and it’s one that JSerra’s boys basketball team is happy to celebrate.

The fifth-ranked Lions defeated third-ranked Orange Lutheran, 65-54, on Thursday night at Orange Lutheran to capture third place in league.

“This is highest finish we’ve ever had,” Lions coach Joedy Gardner said. “Last year, we tied them (Orange Lutheran) and we had a playoff and they beat us and that moved us down to fourth.

“We’re excited that we’re in the top three (in league). Our guys are working really hard and I think they deserved it. They were prepared.”

The top three teams in the league are guaranteed a berth in the upcoming CIF-SS basketball playoffs.

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Watch the boys in action as they take on Whitney High School Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m.

JSerra Boys Basketball Power Through Ocean View Tournament

4d3bec03-9001-4ec8-d9b1-819f8ba9462bBy Dan Albano, OC Varsity

JSerra’s No. 3-ranked boys basketball team flashed its potential at the Jim Harris Memorial Tournament of Champions on Friday night.

The Lions looked so balanced and deep in a 90-48 semifinal victory against No. 10 and host Ocean View, Coach Joedy Gardner might need to fast forward his expectations.

“I’m on a five-year plan,” said Gardner, in his fourth season. “We’re getting better. We’ve got some new faces that are getting used to each other. Our chemistry is getting better.”

Sophomore Rex Pflueger scored a game-high 20 points to lead five Lions (6-1) in double-figures.

JSerra’s inside-duo of Jamal Aytes and Dylan Osetkowski both added 16 points while Devon Pflueger and point guard Johnnie Vassar chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.

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.”

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JSerra’s Jamal Aytes Named to OC Varsity’s Athletes on the Rise

*By Steve Fryer, OC Varsity

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.

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Boys Basketball Beats Santa Margarita to the Sound of Their Own Drum

Former Laker star Mychal Thompson with boys basketball booster parents as he chooses the winner of the 2012 Toyota Scion TC.

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.

Special thank you to our sponsors, Penske Toyota of Rancho Santa Margarita, COX 3, and Mychal Thompson.