The Yosemite boys basketball team (4-17, 0-3 NSL), mired in a 7 game losing streak, lost two road games last week - to Liberty in Madera Ranchos 75-62 Jan. 17, and to Washington Union in Easton 60-49 on Jan. 19.
“We had another good start but we had a poor second quarter,” Coach Erik Peterson said. “We have real good spurts but just haven’t played well the entire game.”
The Badgers had another good start against Liberty (14-7, 1-2) leading 17-11 after the first quarter. The Hawks outscored the Badgers 21-11 in the second quarter and led 32-28 at halftime. The Badgers would get no closer. Liberty would outscore YHS 41-34 in the second half to secure the win.
Overall, the Badgers shot 38% connecting on 24 of 63 shots. Cannon Eames led YHS with 28 points, 21 of those came on 3-point shots. Eames had his best outing from beyond the arc hitting on 7 3-pointers, his high for the season. Eames also led YHS with 5 steals.
Paul Antonis had 16 points. Ty Peterson had 8 points and led YHS with 10 rebounds.
The Badgers traveled to Easton on Friday, and it was a low scoring affair for three quarters. “We were up 25-24 near the end of the third quarter,” Peterson said. “They pulled away late in the third and kept up the momentum in the fourth.”
Finale score, Union 60, Yosemite 49.
Union (9-12, 2-1) led 22-21 at half. Both teams shot poorly in the third and YHS had their only lead with 6:00 left. From there, Union pulled away outscoring YHS 36 to 24 the rest of the way.
The Badgers were a woeful 15 of 63 shooting (24%), one of the worst shooting nights of the season. Union wasn’t much better shooting 19 of 58 for 33%.
Eames led YHS with 15 points. Antonis had 10. Christian Rold had 8 points and led YHS with 11 rebounds. Ty Peterson had 4 points and 9 rebounds. Troy Fite also added 6 points.
Derrick Nguyen led Union with 16 points and Kevin Ventura had 11 for the Panthers.
Eames is second all-time in scoring
Eames continues to move into all-time territory. Eames, a senior and four-year starter, is now #2 all-time in scoring. As of the Washington Union game, Eames has scored 1,161 points good for second place all-time in YHS history. Eames moved past second place scorer Kade Cross who scored 1,076 points from 2013-2016. The all-time YHS scoring record is held by Rael Lang who scored 1,431 points from 1988-1991. The ‘1,000 Point Club’ is a prestigious group. Eames becomes only the fourth player in YHS history to achieve this honor.
JV team splits games
The JV Badgers (11-7, 2-1) defeated Liberty 46-34 and lost to Washington Union 41-29. It is the second loss of the season to Union. The Badgers were defeated by the Panther JV 42-36 in overtime at the Sanger Tournament on January 6th.
Against Union Holden Eames led YHS with 12 points.
The Badgers get a five game home-stand that began on Wednesday against Chowchilla (5-16, 1-2). The Badgers host league-leading Kerman (17-4, 3-0) on Friday. The Lions are the favorite to capture their third straight North Sequoia League title.