It was a tough year for head coach Steve Lopez and the Yosemite Boys Basketball program. The Badgers finished up 5-20 overall, 3-7 in the North Sequoia League. This was a young team that loses only three players seniors Stewart Carlson, Ben Williams, and Jared Wood were all valuable contributors.
Wood was second in scoring averaging 5.6 points per game and 6.6 rebounds a game. Carlson and Williams provided valuable minutes and leadership. The Badgers were strong inside the paint, but lacked any outside threat.
But Yosemite has a strong returning contingent.
Sophomore forward Jayson Lee is Yosemite's best athlete, having played varsity football and basketball as a freshman. Lee can change a game defensively, but at times had too many turnovers. Lee led the team in steals (2.1 per game) and was third in rebounds (5 a game). On the break he can be unstoppable. Lee needs to improve his 3-point shooting to be an inside/outside threat.
Freshman point guard Tristan Eames averaged 5.5 points per game and three assists. Eames was brought up from the JV team and inserted into the varsity starting line-up midway through the season, and helped Yosemite became a better team. Playing point is difficult, but doing it as a freshman is extremely tough. Eames will grow. He is a threat as a shooter and passer.
Sophomore forward Kade Cross led the team in scoring (8.8 points per game) and rebounds (7.1 per game). There were games he dominated inside the paint. Cross will miss Wood together they were the strength of the team. Cross is capable of averaging double-doubles every game nest year.
Junior 6-foot-3 forward Chase Lassos can hopefully fill the void left by Wood. Lassos improved as the year progressed averaging six points and five rebounds in his last four games.
Junior Aaron Bausch needs to become Yosemite's 3-point specialist. Bausch had his moments. He and Carlson led the team in 3-pointers made with eight each. As a team YHS was only 40 of 189 from beyond the arc. This has to improve and no doubt coach Lopez will make this a priority in the off season.
Look for a big improvement for Lopez's team next season.