By Steve Breazeale
On December 14, the JSerra boys basketball team will host a scrimmage against Crenshaw, a perennial CIF playoff contender out of the Coliseum League in Los Angeles.
The Lions (6-2) are off to a solid start in the preseason schedule, having earned wins over Woodbridge, Santiago, and Ocean View, to name a few. The two losses on JSerra’s early season have come at the hands of Mission Viejo and Mater Dei, which are both in the top three of the CIF-SS Division 1AA coaches poll as of December 11. Mission Viejo is ranked No. 3 right behind Mater Dei at No. 2. The Lions are currently ranked fifth in Division 4AA.
The Lions had a successful run through the Jim Harris Memorial Tournament, which took place from December 4 to December 8, going 3-1 overall, including a 90-48 trouncing of host team Ocean View in the semifinals.
A balanced offensive attack has been key for the Lions, who currently have four players averaging double digits in scoring. Senior big man Jamal Aytes is averaging 16 points per game and nearly eight rebounds while senior guard Devon Pflueger and his brother, sophomore guard Rex Pflueger, are averaging a shade over 12 points per contest.
Crenshaw (4-5) comes into the contest riding the momentum of a 72-63 win over league rival, Dorsey.