The Yosemite High Varsity Badger Boys Basketball (6-21, 2-7) team split their two North Sequoia League games last week. In the last home game of the season played on Feb. 7, the Washington Union Panthers (15-12, 7-2) defeated the Badgers 61-53.
Last Friday, the team traveled to Chowchilla (6-22, 2-7) where the Badgers prevailed over the Tribe 82-77, with senior Cannon Eames scoring 37 points.
“It was a wild week,” Head Coach Erik Peterson said. “We had a strong three quarters against Union, but we picked a bad time to go cold. Our fourth quarter was just terrible.”
It was 51-51 going into the fourth quarter, but as Peterson alluded, the team went cold with Union outscoring the Badgers 10-2 in the quarter for the 8-point victory.
With the win Washington Union secured second place in the NSL as Kerman (24-3, 9-0 NSL), for the third straight year, Kerman (24-3, 9-0) won its third straight league title with a 68-47 win last week against Liberty.
Junior Paul Antonis led YHS with 19 points hitting three 3-pointers, and Eames had 14 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Troy Fite and Christian Rold had 6 points. Rold had 6 rebounds. Ty Peterson had 4 points and led YHS with 8 rebounds.
Eames score 36 points
The Chowchilla game was one of the most exciting of the season for YHS. The Badgers dug a big hole during the first quarter with the Tribe leading 21-10, but came back and outscored Chowchilla 21-9 in the second quarter and led 31-30 at halftime, before winning 82-77.
“We were down 15-3 early,” Peterson said. “I switched up the defense with three guards up top and it really helped. We had a huge second half. We scored a season-high 51 points in the third and fourth quarters. They fouled Cannon a lot but he made them pay for it. It was just great to get a win.”
In the win over Chowchilla, Eames scored a season-high 36 points. In perhaps his best overall game of the season, the point guard also had 6 steals and 4 assists. The Tribe put Eames on the line all night. Eames shot 32 free-throws, connecting on 20.
Antonis had 19 points connecting on 5 of 13 3-point attempts. Junior forward Hayden Lewis had a season-high 12 points. Ty Peterson had 8 points and 9 rebounds. Fite had 5 points and 7 rebounds.
JV team splits games
The YHS JV team (14-11, 4-5) also split their games last week, defeating Washington Union 39-37 while losing to Chowchilla 36-34.
Union held a 19-12 lead at halftime. YHS started the fourth with a 7-0 run but Union answered, and a bucket by Yosemite’s Jerome Solon tied the game at 37 with just 8 seconds left in the game. After a Union timeout the Panthers scored at the buzzer to pull out the win.
Solon finished the game with 9 points. Jackson Thearle had 7, while Nathaniel Mulkey and Ethan Coffman each contributed 6 points.