JSerra connected on 12 3-pointers, including five from Devon Pflueger (19 points), in posting a 75-51 Trinity League victory over Santa Margarita on Friday night at JSerra High.
“We really shot the ball well,” JSerra coach Joedy Gardner said. “We try to stay disciplined when running our (offense), and I thought we did that tonight.”
The Lions (11-4, 2-2) looked determined to put together a good performance in front of their standing-room-only crowd from the outset as they used a 16-0 run to take a 25-13 lead at the end of one quarter.
Santa Margarita (12-7, 0-4) rallied behind Joe Furstinger (17 points) in the second quarter, trimming the JSerra lead to 30-20.
That’s the closest the Eagles would get for the remainder of the game as the Lions closed the half on an 11-2 run.
Gardner considered Friday’s game a chance for his team to get “back in the hunt,” and he asked his players to come out focused against Santa Margarita.
The “hunt” Gardner referred to is the one for the league championship, something that remains a tall order after the Lions dropped their first two league games to heavyweights Mater Dei and St. John Bosco.
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.”
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.
A special congratulations to the JSerra girls basketball team for being ranked in the top 25 Southern California teams in the Los Angeles Times. This is the highest ranking JSerra basketball has received in the schools history.
Cheering fans, action packed game, and a new car? Join JSerra varsity boys basketball as they take rival Santa Margarita in the JSerra Pavilion at 7 p.m. tonight.
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JSerra Catholic High School issued the following press release this morning:
San Juan Capistrano, CA – September 2, 2009 – JSerra Catholic High School announced today that it has hired Joedy Gardner as head boys basketball coach.
Gardner, who played for the Houston Rockets, joins the Lions staff after a successful run as a Veritas Venture Group, LLC trainer and private coach to elite basketball players.
Athletic Director Jim Hartigan said “our school is very excited to have Joedy as our boys basketball coach and we look forward to watching his teams in action this coming season.”
Gardner was drafted by the Rockets in 1984 after a successful collegiate career at Northern Arizona University and Long Beach State. As a professional, he played for the Rockets, Wisconsin Flyers and overseas in England, Ireland, Scotland and France. Gardner comes from a basketball family; his father played guard at West Virginia University alongside Jerry West.
“JSerra’s facilities are legendary, the kids are eager to learn and I can’t wait to get started,” he said.
Gardner has worked with numerous collegiate and NBA stars, including Baron Davis, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love and Derek Fisher.