Keeping up with the Jones’

first_imgHe averaged 14.1 points a game while helping Los Alamitos win their first Southern Section title in school history but it was nothing compared to Landry, who not only averaged 19 a game, but he was also their emotional leader on the floor. When Landry graduated, he left a void and that only blood could fill. “Landry’s my best friend and he was a big part of my life,” Jones said. “He was our scorer last year but with him gone, I had to pick up the slack. Last season, I was more of a role player and I only tried to score when I was wide open. “This season, I need to score a little more for us to win but honestly, it doesn’t matter to me. Scoring or passing the ball, it’s all the same to me as long as we’re winning.” That’s one thing that hasn’t changed in Landry’s absence. With the 6’4″ Jones scoring 19 points a game to lead the way, the Griffins have been on fire. They won the Sunset League title for the second year in a row and heading into the post-season, no team came in hotter. Los Alamitos entered the playoffs on a 16-game winning streak that has stretched to 20 after wins over Huntington Beach, Leuzinger, Etiwanda and M.L. King. Against Leuzinger, Jones scored a career-high 36 points but in their next game, he managed just seven. But against M.L. King, he finished with 25 including his flurry at the end to send the Griffins into the finals. “Absolutely, this is his team and I ask a lot out of him,” May said. “And all year long and especially in our last game, he’s been up to the challenge. He’s the one that makes us go. “Landry did a lot for our program and he showed Cameron and the rest of the guys, what it takes to be a champion. He showed Cameron that you need to be physically strong as well as the mentally. Now, Cameron is the heart and soul of this team.” Los Alamitos will need more than heart however to win tonight. The Seahawks have won nine in a row and defense is their forte. In their 30 games, 16 times they’ve held opponents to 50 points or less, meaning they’re sure to key on Jones tonight. “It doesn’t matter what they do, Cameron is going to do whatever it takes to win,” May said. “He has the heart of a champion and it’s his turn this year to be on center stage.” Ben Villa can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On Tuesday night in the CIF Southern Section Division I-A semifinals, the Los Alamitos High boys basketball team were in serious jeopardy of watching their season come to an end. The Griffins trailed M.L. King by seven points with four minutes left in the game when Los Alamitos coach Russ May turned to him. Up until that point, Jones never really believed Los Alamitos was his team but he does now, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Tonight at 8:15 p.m., the third-seeded Griffins (28-4) will play top-ranked Redondo (26-4) in the I-A final at the Honda Center. “Against King, Coach May took me aside and told me it’s my team and it was time for me to take over,” Jones said. “That’s when it finally hit me. I had to score for this team to win.” Last year however, that scenario probably doesn’t play itself out. The then junior guard was third on the team in scoring behind Fields, who just happens to be his cousin and 6-foot-9 forward Clint Amberry. Jones though still had a good year. center_img In the past, May would have looked to Landry Fields to bring them back but he’s gone now, earning minutes as a freshman at Stanford. So during a time-out, May took senior guard Cameron Jones aside, looked him straight in the eye, said something and before you knew it, he scored nine points and the Griffins won 66-63. last_img read more