JSerra can't keep up with St. John Bosco


SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – If a Trinity league opening game against Mater Dei isn't punishment enough, JSerra had to come right back and try its hand against St. John Bosco and the Braves' version of the "Big Three."

UTEP-bound Issac Hamilton, junior Daniel Hamilton and Sophomore Tyler Dorsey combined for 53 points in Bosco's 79-63 wire-to-wire victory over JSerra Friday night at JSerra High.

JSerra coach Joedy Gardner said that his team looked tired after its trip back east over winter break, and the taxing game it had against Mater Dei on Wednesday night.

"We are so fatigued right now," he said. "We were on a high from the Mater Dei game, and energy-wise, we lost our focus."

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JSerra (9-4, 0-2 Trinity) showed signs of what Gardner spoke to from the beginning of the contest, as Bosco (10-1, 2-0 Trinity) jumped out to a 14-3 lead just minutes into the first quarter.

"They (Bosco) shot the lights out," Gardner said. "(Our game plan) was just to contain them (Dorsey and the Hamilton brothers). We knew we weren't going to stop them, but (Tyler) Dorsey is a heck of a player, and their bigs came to score tonight."

The Lions went into the break trailing 43-26.

Bosco came out in the second half shooting just as well as the first, as the Braves used a 12-2 run to start the third quarter, helping extend their lead to a game-high 27 points.

JSerra found some energy in the fourth quarter and cut the Bosco lead to 65-55 with 4:25 to play in the game.

We gave ourselves some energy in the second half," Gardner said. "We try and focus on executing offensively. I think we did too much one-on-one and took too many outside shots."

Just as JSerra found some momentum, four quick points from Dorsey and a 3-pointer from Daniel Hamilton pushed the Bosco lead back to 17 and the Braves never looked back en route to the 16-point win.

Jamal Aytes paced JSerra with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Rex Pflueger scored 10 and Johnnie Vassar pitched in 13.

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