The Yosemite High School basketball team opened the season last week with an 82-46 thumping from Fresno's Roosevelt High Nov. 28 and a 54-45 lose at the hands of Mariposa County High Nov. 30.
Against Mariposa, the Badgers got off to a slow start, falling behind at the end of the first quarter 19-5. The Badgers outstroke the Grizzlies in the third quarter 20-7 to get within two, 38-36, but could only manage seven points in the fourth quarter against Mariposa's 20.
Three seniors led the scoring for the Badgers with Ty Grant getting a game high 16 points, Dillon Moran scoring 13 and Luke Blate adding 10.
Grant was five for 11 from the field including two 3-pointers and hit four of seven free throw attempts.
As a team, the Badgers made 15 of 44 field goal attempts (34%) and 11 of 19 free throws (46%).
Junior Carlson led the Badgers in rebounds with eight. Moran had seven and junior Jared Wood grabbed six. Junior Ben Williams had four steals on the night.
Leading scorers for Mariposa were Sam Tucker and Dillon Acker-James with 11 and nine each from Phillip Rauch and J.T Letterman.
Moran led varsity scores in the lopsided loss to Roosevelt with 11 and Grant had 10. Carlson had nine, Wood eight and Blate seven.
High scorer in the game was Roosevelt's Brien King with 28.
"Roosevelt is a tough team," said coach Steve Lopez. "They have made a big turn around from last season. They are big and aggressive. This is a team that plays basketball year-round."
Lopez took over the head coaching job this season after assisting Aaron Eames last year when the Badgers finished with a 14-15 record and a fourth place finish in the North Sequoia League. Last year's team finished No. 1 in the Central Section in three-point shots made (6th in the state for Division III teams) and set a school record for three-pointers made in a season -- 197.
Lopez helped Eames revamp the entire basketball philosophy at YHS in 2010 going to a man-to-man pressure defense and an up tempo offense with an emphasis on attacking the basket and more three-point shooting.
The Yosemite High School basketball team has three returners and one starter, Luke Blate, from last year's team.
"We have a tough non-league and North Sequoia League schedule this year," Lopez said. "Every team in the league is strong this year including Chowchilla, Washington Union, Kerman and Sierra. They are all solid teams this year and will be very competitive."
The Badgers have more height this year with 6-foot-3 senior Dillon Moran and 6-foot-4 junior Jared Wood and experience at point guard from Blate.
"With new players on the team learning our system, the players haven't played a lot together this early in the season," Lopez said. "We still need to come together as a team. We have a month to get ready for league."
Bausch hit buzzer beater
The Badger JV team got their second win of the year against Mariposa thanks to a buzzer-beater three-point bank shoot by Aaron Bausch that gave the Badgers a 43-41 victory.
"I looked up at the clock and saw two seconds were left when I got the ball," Bausch said. "I took a jump shot and it went in -- pretty sweet. I didn't mean to use the backboard, but I'll take it and the win."
Bausch ended the game with 11 points. Chase Maurer led Badger scorers with 13 and Jayson Lee had eight.
The team beat Roosevelt 32-24 with Bausch scoring 11 and Garett White adding seven.
This year's JV coach is Reg Turner.
Yosemite High boys 2012-2013 basketball schedule
12-6 - 12-8: Corcoran Basketball Tournament
12-12 - 12-15: Orange Belt Classic Tournament Lindsay
12-19: Fresno High School Fresno 7 p.m.
12-21: Madera South Home 5:30 p.m.
12-28-12-31: Orlando Florida Tournament
1-12: Tehachapi High Tehachapi 7 p.m.
*1-15: Sierra High Sierra 7 p.m.
*1-18: Liberty High Home 8 p.m.
*1-22: Washington Union Home 7 p.m.
*1-25: Chowchilla Chowchilla 8 p.m.
*1-29: Kerman High Kerman 7 p.m.
*2-1: Sierra High Home 8 p.m
*2-5: Liberty High Madera Ranchos 7 p.m.
*2-8: Washington Union Easton 8 p.m.
*2-12: Chowchilla High Home 7 p.m.
*2-15: Kerman High Home 8 p.m.
* North Sequoia League home game times: Girls JV 3:30 p.m. - Boys JV 5 p.m. - Girls Varsity 6:30 p.m. - Boys Varsity 8 p.m. - Away games Boys JV 5 p.m. - Boys Varsity 7 p.m.