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Santa Margarita's Noah Rasheed drives the baseline as JSerra's Ryan Johnson plays defense during a game between Santa Margarita and JSerra at Santa Margarita on Friday.

Santa Margarita dispatches JSerra

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – The start of Trinity League play signified a clean slate of sorts for Santa Margarita’s boys basketball team, coming off back-to-back losses.

It was a new lease on life, but no easier than the stacked nonleague schedule the Eagles carved out for themselves.

The second-ranked Eagles rose to the challenge in rolling past No. 7 JSerra, 88-71, Friday night in front of a raucous crowd at Santa Margarita.

Adrease Jackson led the Eagles (10-5) with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Colin Ferrier had 16 points, Jake Kyman scored 14, and brothers Noah and Kaden Rasheed each added 12.

Eight Eagles scored in the game. Jordan Guest led the reserves with seven points.

“It’s good that we won because this is our first game in league at home,” Kyman said. “It gives us that momentum to just keep pushing, and we have two games next week that we need to win.”

Santa Margarita’s next two games are at St. John Bosco and Mater Dei.

Jackson’s 10 points helped the Eagles to a 25-19 lead after the first quarter. A pair of 3-pointers from Kyman got Santa Margarita’s inside-out offense on a roll in the second quarter. The Eagles went on a 19-2 run, ending the half up, 53-34.

“Kyman made some threes tonight. He’s been struggling a little bit,” Eagles coach Jeff Reinert said of his freshman forward. “That kind of opened it up for us. We played inside out, and that was good for us tonight.”

Reinert said his team played off the energy of the capacity crowd. Jackson echoed his coach’s sentiments.

“We have the best fans in the Trinity League,” Jackson said of the Eagles Nest, the school’s student section. “I firmly believe that.”

Alec Hickman paced the Lions (13-3) with 19 points. Steele Brenner had 17 and Sebastian Much added 11 points with seven rebounds.

JSerra trimmed the Eagles’ lead to 13 late in the fourth quarter, but got no closer.

JSerra will host top-ranked Mater Dei (15-2, 2-0) on Monday.


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