Chino, CA- February 8, 2018: The Ontario Jaguars have made history in what can be considered one of the greatest seasons in the history of the school. Things didn’t look great early on as Ontario allowed Don Lugo to score the first 6 points of the game. After a quick timeout to regroup, Ontario battled back to take a 10-8 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.
The 2nd quarter was a much different story for Ontario who utilized their intensity and defensive prowess to outscore Don Lugo 17-7 in the quarter on their way to a 27-15 halftime lead.
In spite of leading by as many as 19 points, Ontario allowed Don Lugo to battle back late in the game and cut the game to a 5-point margin. Ontario had built a large enough cushion to hold on by a final score of 41-36.
“Outside of the last 4 minutes, we played a really solid basketball game” said Head Coach Chris Emami. When asked about the accomplishment of winning a league title, “This team has made history all season long. I did not see this coming when we opened up the season. To do something that has not been done at the school in over a quarter century is impressive and the kids deserve to enjoy it.”
Leading the way for Ontario was Jazzlyn Johnson with 17. “She is clearly the best player in the Mt. Baldy League and quite honestly the best player to ever play basketball at Ontario” said Coach Chris.
Kyra Williams had a strong game with 11 points. Coach Chris had this to say about her, “It is truly incredible to see where she has come from as a Freshman starting on varsity to a senior who helped to be a part of history.”
With a double digit scoring effort was Julianna Sanchez who had 11 points and led the team in assists with 5. “Julianna came a long way from where she was at the beginning of the summer up until now. I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do next season” said Coach Chris.
Besides the leading scorers the following people scored for Ontario: Surai Perez had 2 points.
Ontario is 25-2 on the season, 9-1 in Mt. Baldy League play, and they win their first Mt. Baldy League title since 1993. They next will play in the CIF Division 4AA playoffs. “It’s time to re-focus, get better, and try and do as much damage as possible in the playoffs” said Coach Chris.