The Yosemite boys basketball team (3-8) were hoping to get a win for Christmas hosting Fresno’s McLane High (5-3) last Friday, but the Highlanders, doing its best impression of the The Grinch, stole the game by 19 points, winning 68-49.
“We couldn’t make a shot in the first half but we were still in the game,” YHS Coach Erik Peterson said. “They outplayed us in the third quarter and blew the game open.”
The Badgers were not quite at full strength with leading scorer Cannon Eames playing limited minutes due to a touch of the flu.
In a fast-paced first quarter, McLane showed its athleticism by scoring 8 fast-break points. It was 15-9 when Yosemite sophomore Owen Bazzar, moved up from the JV team for the game, hit a 3-pointer to close the score to 15-12, but McLane went on a 6-1 run end the first quarter with a 21-13 lead.
Both teams went cold for the first part of the second quarter. Eames and Paul Antonis hit a combined 8 free-throws but the Badgers found themselves down 39-26 at half.
McLane put the game out of reach in the third outscoring YHS 21-9, making the score 60-35. The Highlanders were faster and more athletic than the Badgers, scoring 12 points on lay-ups off Yosemite turnovers.
Yosemite would outscore the Highlanders 14-8 in the fourth quarter with bench players on both sides.
Antonis finished the game with 12 points and Eames had 11.
With school out for Christmas break, the Badgers traveled to San Diego earlier this week to play in the Southern California Holiday Prep Classic. The Badgers opened against San Pasqual High of Escondido on Dec. 27, and will play Woodland Priory of Portola Valley tonight (Thursday).
JV Badgers win 47-42 in overtime
The Yosemite JV team (6-1) beat McLane (7-5) in overtime, 47-42. After being tied at 42-42 in regulation play, Yosemite outscored McLane 5-0 in the OT period. Badger guard Holden Eames lead all scorers with 15 points.
Eames was hot early scoring 8 points in the first quarter helping YHS to a 14-9 lead. McLane held a 35-33 lead at the end of the third.
In the exciting fourth quarter Jackson Thearle hit a 3-pointer putting YHS up 42-39 with less than a minute to play, but McLane’s Isaac Solis answered with a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
Besides his 15 points, Eames led YHS with 4 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds. Eames hit three-3-point shots. Thearle had 14 points, Jack Elrod scored 8 points and Nathaniel Mulkey scored six points and pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds.
The JV team will participate in the Lemoore High JV Tournament, with two games today (Dec. 28), two games on Saturday.
Coach Andy Medley has his Badgers off to another strong start. His team last season went 19-6 overall and were NSL champs with a 7-1 record.