Like the Lady Badgers, the Yosemite High boys basketball team (4-11) celebrated Christmas and then hit the road to San Diego to compete in the Southern California Holiday Prep Classic. The Badgers played four games Dec. 27 - 30, winning one and losing three.
“We left home at 28 degrees and eight hours later when we arrived in San Diego it was 80 degrees,” said Badger Head Coach Erik Peterson. “We played really good competition in every game. Most of the teams we played are ranked. That’s why you go to these types of tournaments - to play good teams to get better.”
The Badgers opened the tournament with a 65-42 loss to San Pasqual High (3-8) of Escondido. The Badgers kept it close early and were down just 27-21 at the half.
“We missed 12 layups in the first half but were still in it,” Peterson said. “We just came out flat in the second half.”
San Pasqual blew the game open by outscoring YHS 18-5 in the third quarter and cruised the rest of the way.
Paul Antonis led YHS with 14 points and added 4 rebounds and 4 steals.
Center Christian Rold had his best game of the season getting 12 points and 7 rebounds. Ty Peterson scored 5 points and a team high 8 rebounds. Cannon Eames added 6 points.
On the second day of the tourney, the Badgers played Woodside Priory of Portola Valley (10-3), a team that was 22-7 last season, including an appearance in the state play-offs.
This year Woodside is ranked No. 5 in D-V in California and the team had something the Badgers won’t see the rest of the season - a front line that averaged 6-foot-8. , defeated YHS 81-52. Woodside outscored YHS in every quarter but the Badgers were down only 12 with two minutes left in the third before Woodside broke things wide open for the 81-52 win.
“Woodside went deep in the state playoffs last year,” Peterson said. “I thought we played really well, but they were just too much for us in the end.”
Eames led YHS with 20 points and 6 assists. Troy Fite had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Paul Antonis had 10 points, 5 rebounds, led YHS with 2 steals. Ty Peterson led YHS with 7 rebounds.
Team beats Incline Village
The Badgers got their first win of the tournament by defeating Incline High (3-10) of Incline Village, Nevada 63-60.
Incline is the No. 12 ranked 2A team in Nevada according to Maxpreps.com. The game was close throughout, with the teams tied at 45 at the end of the third quarter. The Badgers outscored the Highlanders 18-15 in the fourth quarter to get the “W”.
Eames had a huge night, recording a double-double (29 points, 10 rebounds) and 4 steals. Antonis had 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Peterson had 7 points and 7 rebounds, Rold had 6 points and 8 rebounds, while Troy Fite had 4 points and 5 boards and Dylan Allen had 3 points.
The Badgers lost their final game 61-51 to Del Norte High (3-7) of San Diego on Dec. 30. The Badgers built a 27-19 lead by halftime but the Nighthawks outscored YHS 42-24 in the second half to get the win.
Antonis led the Badgers with 21 points. Rold had perhaps his strongest performance of the season with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Eames scored 11 points.
JV team goes 2-2 in Lemoore
Yosemite’s JV team (8-3) continued its strong season start going 2-2 at last week’s 2-day Lemoore Tournament.
On day one, YHS lost to Tulare Western 35-32 and Redwood 51-33.
The Badgers rebounded the second day defeating Mendota 44-26 and Tulare Union 48-46.
Holden Eames averaged 9 points per game in the tournament, with Jeroe Solon and Nathaniel Mulkey each averaging 7 points per game.
“We played well despite playing much bigger schools and only having 8 players due to the holidays,”Coach Andy Medley said. “I am happy with our team’s performance but we still tend to play to the level of our competition and not enough to our potential.”
The Badgers hosted the Mission Oak Hawks (8-6) Wednesday. Results not available at press time.
On Friday, the varsity team will travel to play a 6 p.m. game at Firebaugh High.
The freshman and JV teams will play at the Sanger Tournament (Jan. 4 - 6) in separate brackets.
The team plays at Mariposa Jan. 9 and opens NSL play Jan. 12 at Sierra.