The Yosemite basketball team (5-17, 1-6 North Sequoia League) knew a winless league season was not acceptable - the Badgers just needed to put together 32 minutes of good basketball, and it finally happened Feb. 3 at home, winning their first league game by defeating rival Sierra (7-13, 1-5 NSL) 57-45. It was a big win for Yosemite considering in round one of league play at Auberry on Jan. 16, the Chieftains handled the Badgers easily, winning 63-35.
Interim head coach Aaron Eames knew this was coming.
“We finally put it all together for 32 minutes,” Eames said. “I’m so proud of this team. We have been working real hard and have come close, but it really came together tonight.”
The Badgers led virtually from start to finish. Kade Cross led the Badgers with 27 points. Both teams shot poorly, but YHS made 25 of 35 free throw attempts for 71%.
The Badgers won despite connecting on only 26% of their shots (15 of 57). The Badgers out rebounded Sierra 40-26. The inside trio of Cross, Peter McLean, and Chase Lassos had 26 rebounds to match Sierra’s total. McLean led Yosemite with 11 boards. Cross had 10 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.
In addition to Cross’s 27 points, Aaron Bausch scored 9, McLean had 8, and Lassos added 5
The Badger seniors of Bausch, Lassos, and Jordan Matoud combined for 15 points.
“When our seniors combine for this production we will always be in games,” Eames said.
YHS loses to Liberty 43-36
Yosemite lost its second game of the season to Liberty - Madera Ranchos (12-9, 5-2 NSL), 43-36, on Feb. 6. It was one of the lowest scoring outputs of the year for the Badgers. The Hawks have won five of its last six. The team was ranked No. 3 in D-V on Jan. 26, by the Fresno Bee. The win puts Liberty in third place in the very competitive North Sequoia League behind Washington Union (6-0), and Kerman (5-1).
“We played great defense and really limited their scoring,” Eames said. “Unfortunately, we had trouble scoring. We broke down their press and got into the offense, but didn’t make shots. We were in the game the whole way and had chances to pull it out. I see huge improvement in our defense.”
Yosemite shot 10 of 47 for 21%, and Cross was limited to 14 points. Cross scored 33 points in a 71-58 loss to Liberty at home on Jan. 20. Cannon Eames and McLean added 7 each, and Tristan Eames had 4.
|Teams||Win/Loss Record||NSL Record|
Badger JV team lose both NSL games
Sierra defeated the JV Badgers (8-13, 1-6) 56-45, after Yosemite held a 26-22 lead at halftime. The Chieftains outscored YHS 34-19 in the second half.
Alex Williams led YHS with a season-high 15 points on 7 of 11 shooting. Williams also led the junior Badgers with 12 rebounds. Ty Peterson added 11 points, 9 of those in the second quarter. Peterson also led the team in steals with 6. Steven Schumaker added 6 points and 10 rebounds.
Last Friday the Badger team was edged by Liberty 36-34. The game was tied 24-24 at the end of the third quarter. The loss was the fifth straight for the JV team since defeating Liberty for their only league victory on Jan. 20.
Schumaker led the Badgers with 10 points, and 13 rebounds. It was Schumaker’s first double-double of the season.
North Sequoia League standings
This week is the final two games of NSL play. Three teams will move on to the playoffs with the ultimate goal of playing for the 2014/15 Central Section basketball championships in Selland Arena on March 6 and 7.
Yosemite was on the road Tuesday against Union, and will play its final home game Friday, hosting Chowchilla. The team will finish the season at Kerman on Feb. 17.