BELLFLOWER — There’s two different versions of Jonathan Salazar that St. John Bosco can get — the great and the not-so-great.
The great consists of a physical and athletic freak who can dominate a game with his inside-out scoring ability; the not-so-great is the one that floats on the perimeter and jacks up 3-pointers outside the flow of the offense.
The Braves got a little of both Friday night in their home game against Santa Margarita, but luckily, great Salazar showed up down the stretch as Bosco edged the Eagles 75-70, taking sole possession of first place in the Trinity League.
“Part of what makes Jonathan special is he plays with an enthusiasm that’s special,” Bosco coach Matt Dunn said. “That can be his worst trait, as well. We’re OK with him playing hard and playing excited.”
The 6-foot-6 junior, who transferred from Trinity International in the Las Vegas area, became eligible after the 30-day sit out period and led the Braves with 27 points, including 18 in a tightly-contested second half that saw seven ties and seven lead changes.
“I thought he was the best player on the floor for both teams at times,” Dunn added.
The Braves avenged an 82-80 loss to Santa Margarita earlier this season in The Classic at Damien third-place game and broke a six-game losing streak to the Eagles in the process.
The win came on the heels of an emotional game Wednesday in which Bosco ended Mater Dei’s 69-game Trinity League winning streak.
“I told our guys that if we won today, we’re probably having the best week of any team in the country,” Dunn said. “I thought we played really well Wednesday night, but I thought we just gutted out a win tonight.”
Bosco (15-2, 3-0) started out the night just as fiery as it did against Mater Dei, jumping out to a 22-12 first quarter lead over Santa Margarita behind nine points from Josh Adoh.
The Eagles (13-5, 1-2) chipped away at that lead in the second period behind Jake Kyman, who finished with a…