La Verne Lutheran played its first game without Arizona-bound junior Eric Cooper Jr., who suffered a broken finger in Lutheran’s CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA first-round win over Marshall.
Cooper’s broken finger will eventually require surgery and he’s doubtful for the rest of the playoffs, but the Trojans’ other Arizona-bound player, McDonalds All-American senior forward/center Grant Jerrett, is still what makes the Trojans go and he had another monster game in Saturday’s 68-52 second-round win over Big Bear at the University of La Verne.
Jerrett finished with 29 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and had eight dunks to help the second-seed Trojans (20-6) advance to Tuesday’s second-round, where they will be on the road at Oaks Christian (22-5).
Lutheran’s game with Big Bear was postponed until Saturday because of snowy conditions in Big Bear that forced the Bears to wait until Friday to beat Banning in the first round.
Lutheran raced to a 14-0 lead, but couldn’t put away the feisty Bears, who knocked in 12 3-pointers and closed to within nine points in the fourth quarter, but that’s as close as they got, finishing the season 21-3.
Lutheran’s McKay Anderson also had a big game, finishing with 16 points, six rebounds and three assists. Cameron Osorno gave the Trojans three players in double figures, finishing with 10 points and five assists.
Listen to postgame reaction from Trojans coach Eric Cooper, who explains the challenge of trying to win a divisional title without Cooper Jr., and the chances of his return in the playoffs.