The Yosemite High Badger basketball team (2-5) won its second straight game on the road Dec. 19, be defeating the Spartans of Strathmore (1-3) 50-43.
“I was happy with our team’s performance,” Coach Stephen Lopez said. “We are winning as a team and doing it on the road too.”
Kade Cross had another outstanding performance leading the Badgers with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Cross continues his dominance in the paint. The junior center is averaging 14 rebounds per game and has had a double/double (double digit points and rebounds) in all six games the Badgers have played this season.
Yosemite took a 12-7 lead after the first quarter and went into halftime up 20-16. The Spartans closed to 35-33 at the end of the third quarter. The Badgers took care of business in the pivotal fourth quarter and outscored the Spartans 15-10 in the fourth quarter to take the victory.
Bears defeat the Badgers 58-46
Yosemite played its second game against the Selma Bears (7-2) Dec. 20, with the 58-46 loss being much closer than the 83-39 beating the Bears out on the Badgers Dec. 11.
The Badgers were up at the end of the first quarter 20-15, but were outscored 31-15 in the second and third periods.
“We played much better against a really good team,” Lopez said. “We had a great start but hurt ourselves with turnovers. We stayed in it and kept it close in the fourth. Kade (Cross) had another great game.”
Cross led YHS with 20 points and 13 rebounds, extending his streak of double-doubles to seven straight games. He was 9 of 11 shooting and had four blocked shots.
The Badgers made a statement early on by outscoring Selma 20-15 in the first quarter. Yosemite had not outscored Selma in any quarter played this year. The Bears recovered in the second and third quarters with a strong defensive effort, aided by poor Badger shooting and turnovers. Selma outscored Yosemite 17-6 in the second quarter and 14-9 in the third. It was too much for the Badgers to overcome, but YHS kept it close in the fourth being outscored 12-11.
Tristan Eames had a solid outing with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Peter McLean 6, and Aaron Bausch and Chase Lassos had four each.
Yosemite shot 45% from the field (22 of 49). Long distance shooting woes continue to plague the Badgers, going 0-9 from the 3-point range. To date, the Badgers have not found a consistent and confident shooter from beyond the arc.
“We definitely need to step up our 3-point shooting,” Lopez said. “I’m confident that will happen.”
Selma’s Anoop Grewal was game high scorer with 24.
Next up for Yosemite is the Monte Vista Christian Tournament in Watsonville from Dec. 29 - 31./31.
Yosemite plays its home opener against Sierra Pacific of Hanford on Jan 3. JV game 5 p.m., varsity, 6 p.m.