San Juan Capistrano JSerra Basketball

All eyes will be on the one-year-old basketball program, which went 23-6 in a somewhat difficult freelance season last year. If Trinity League rivals think the Lions will be a walk over, surprises could be in store.

Tom Lewis has a lot of spinning to do as he leads his San Juan Capistrano JSerra basketball team into Trinity League play beginning January 10th against Servite.

 

The Lions will attempt to enter the playground with the big boys, something the JSerra football team was not ready to do as it forfeited the entire Trinity League schedule.

 

All eyes will be on the one-year-old basketball program, which went 23-6 in a somewhat difficult freelance season last year. If Trinity League rivals think the Lions will be a walk over, surprises could be in store.

 

JSerra did not lose by more than 10 points last year, and lost four games by less than five points, including 58-57 to Edison. They posted wins over San Clemente, Redondo Beach, Don Lugo, and Carlsbad.

 

JSerra (6-3) has already had some tests this season, notching wins over Ocean View, Lynwood, and two against Lakewood. Their losses were close one's to rated Long Beach Jordan and Compton Centennial, but were blown out 92-66 by Villa Park.

 

If JSerra is to make its mark, it must come early in school history as three key starters have returned for their senior year.

 

Senior 6-5 Chris Robinson averaged 11 points, 9 rebounds last season and led the Lions to impressive wins over Laguna Hills and Temecula Chaparral by tallying 23 points, 12 rebounds and 19 points, 12 rebounds. Robinson is averaging 19 points this season and had big game's with 28 points against Lakewood and 26 against Villa Park.

 

Robinson will team with 6-foot-7 Chauncey Campanaro and 6-foot-4 swingman Devon Adams, who both averaged near 11 points and six rebounds last season. Each has already showcased double-double games this year.

 

Newcomer Ryan Jocson, a 6-foot senior guard, has averaged 10 points in seven games this season after totaling 15 points against Villa Park and 15 more with 3, three-pointers against Lakewood.

 

Thus far, the final component of the Lions' possible entry into post season, senior off guard Brennan Hawkins has not gotten untracked. Hawkins earned minutes last year on the strength of long-range accuracy, netting 21, 3-pointers. He showed glimpses of excellence along the way, highlighted by a 17 point output against St Margaret's.

 

Another returner, 6-foot-4 Adam Brakeville has been worked into the Lions' rotation along with first-year senior guard Casey James. Lewis has 6-foot-9 senior Ryan Johnson on the bench, a project who could blossom later in the season.

 

JSerra tackles Mater Dei in the first round of Trinity League action on January 19, and while the Lions can't be expected to win either game against the Santa Ana powerhouse, they will defeat at least one of the other five league entries.
  


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