The Yosemite High boys basketball team (5-18, 1-4 NSL) split its two home games last week, easily beating Chowchilla (6-18, 2-3 NSL) by 32 points (75-43) on Jan. 24, and then getting blown-out by the No. 1 ranked D-IV team in the Central Section, Kerman (17-4, 5-0 NSL) on Jan. 26 by 39 points (70-31).
The win over Chowchilla breaks a 7-game losing streak for Yosemite, and the win was the largest margin of victory (32 points) this season.
“It was good to finally get that first league win,” Head Coach Eric Peterson said. “We really put everything together and I hope it propels us going forward.”
After an 11-11 first quarter the bottom fell out for the Tribe (formerly the Redskins). The Badgers outscored Chowchilla 28-4 in one of the biggest scoring outbursts in a quarter this season. Yosemite also outscored the Tribe in both the third and fourth quarter and coasted to the win.
As a team YHS connected on 28 of 69 shots, good for 41%. Badger junior center Christian Rold had a breakout game with a double-double (9 points, 12 rebounds) - his third of the season.
Cannon Eames had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Ty Peterson just missed a double-double with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Troy Fite also had 10 points and added 5 rebounds.
Kerman No. 1 in D-IV
On Jan. 26, the Badgers found out why the Kerman Lions, with its size and speed, is currently the No. 1 team in the Central Section D-IV. Friday the Badgers were blitzed by the Kerman Lions 70-31.
YHS shot a season low 17% connecting on just 11 of 64 shots. Kerman led 18-5 at the end of the first quarter, and scored 20 straight points to start off the disastrous second quarter. A Dylan Allen bucket under the basket finally ended the streak. The Lions scored 29 points to the Badgers 5 while connecting on six 3-pointers and led 47-11 at the half.
The Badgers played Kerman even in the second half with both teams emptying the benches.
Eames led the Badgers with 12 points and 6 steals. Peterson had 6 points and 9 rebounds. Paul Antonis, the second-leading scorer for the Badgers was held scoreless.
Despite the loss the team has a glimmer of hope for the playoffs. “If we go 5-5 in league, we could go to playoffs,” Peterson said. “It isn’t an easy task but if we win the rest of our games outside of Kerman we have a shot. It is what we are playing for now.”
Another record for Eames
Eames 6 steals against Kerman officially breaks the school record of 207 held by Rael Lang (1988-1991).
As of the Kerman game, Eames has 211 steals for his YHS career. Earlier this season, Eames moved into the 1,000 point club. He now has 1,189 all-time points to date, No. 2 all-time. Lang holds the all-time points scored in a career record with 1,431. Eames also has the career record for 3-point shots made (152 - old record 140 by Justin Smith 2005-2007) and is tied for No. 1 spot in 3-point shots made in a game (8).
JV team loses two overtime games
The Badger JV boys (12-9, 2-3 NSL) lost a two-overtime games last week - 48-45 to Chowchilla and 43-39 to Kerman. The JV Badgers held a 20-17 lead at halftime against Kerman but couldn’t hold it. The JV Lions pulled away in the fourth quarter outscoring YHS 17-6.
Jack Elrod (11 points) and Nathaniel Mulkey (10 points) led YHS.
The game against Chowchilla was tied at 37 at the end of regulation play. Chowchilla pulled away in the second overtime by outscoring YHS 8-4 for the win.
Mulkey led YHS with 14 points, Holden Eames had 8, with Garrett McMechan and Ethan Coffman contributing 7 and 6 respectively.
Final home games
The Badgers played Sierra at home on Wednesday, and will host Liberty on Friday. Friday’s game times: 3:30 p.m. JV girls - 4:30 p.m. JV boys - 6 p.m. varsity girls - 7:30 p.m. varsity boys.
Friday night is also Senior Night for the boys and girls teams.
On Feb. 7, YHS will host Washington Union, the last home game of the season.