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RECAP: BASKETBALL | January 4, 2018
JSerra Lions Dominate San Juan Hills in First Home Game
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. -- Fans at Friday's non-league match-up between the JSerra Lions and San Juan Hills Stallions were not disappointed as the Lions resumed their winning streak beating the Stallions 97-29 at home.
Following a stunning season opening of 12-0, the Lions faltered after losing several starters to injury. Tournament play in late December brought the Lions their first loss of the season 56-57 against top ranked Tesoro. JSerra went on to go 1-3 in edge-of-your-seat, close competition at the prestigious Torrey Pines Holiday Classic competing in the National Bracket against the best teams in the Nation.
After sitting out 6 games and 14 games respectively due to injury, junior Ian Martinez and senior Juwon Ganiyu returned to play Friday evening. Martinez exploded onto the court with a vengeance scoring for JSerra twenty seconds into the game. The energy from the Lions was palpable as every player put numbers on the board over the course of the game.
"I love how our team shared the ball," stated Head Coach Keith Wilkinson. "I thought we played extremely unselfish, moved the ball, and got everybody involved. It was fun to have everyone who suited out score and really nice to have two starters back who have been out for a while."
The 1st quarter began with a 12-0 run and ended 31-2 with JSerra continually on the attack. Momentum for the Lions continued in the 2nd quarter which ended 56-10. With JSerra leading 81-20 at the close of the 3rd quarter, leading scorers Senior DJ Rodman and junior Ian Martinez sat out the final quarter, yet the Lions continued to dominate.
Rodman led the Lions in scoring with 26 points including 18 in 3-point shots. Martinez contributed 17 points in his first game back. Junior Justin Williams and Brian Clark added 9 and 8 points respectively, and sophomore Max Bowman chipped in another 7 points.
"We are excited for league play to start," Coach Wilkinson exclaimed following the game, "it will be a real challenge this year, but looking forward to playing in the best conference in the country."
Tuesday's game against Mater Dei opens Trinity League play for JSerra. "Starting out at Mater Dei will be a great challenge and something we are excited about," confessed Coach Wilkinson. "We understand the history and how good they have been and have the utmost respect for them. Our goal is to go in there and compete every possession and go try to steal one on the road."
JSCHS: FG – 58%, 3PT – 56%, FT – 88%
SJHHS: FG – 27%, 3PT – 5%, FT - 80%
Next Up: With the victory, JSerra improves its record to 14-5. The Lions travel to Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) to confront the Monarchs in a Trinity League challenge on Tuesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m.