The Yosemite High School boys basketball team completed a 36 game summer season last week with a trip to the competitive Best of the West Tournament in Cerritos, where they captured the sixth place trophy after going 1-3.
The team played Long Beach Poly, Long Beach Wilson, Downey, and Artesia High schools.
“Those schools have an average enrollment of 3,750 students,” said Coach Aaron Eames. “We had two close losses to Poly and Downey before beating Artesia by nine points. Cade Cross had a great game scoring 20 points.”
According to assistant coach Erik Peterson, said the Badgers finished the tournament with a tough loss to Wilson.
Besides the basketball, the trip was highlighted by a trip to the beach and a Los Angles Angels game.
Two weeks earlier, the Badger JV and varsity teams attended the Dick Edwards basketball camp in Sonora, with each team playing nine games in three days.
“Our program got better with each game at camp,” Eames said. “Our program is growing. The JV team learned a new offense, and the varsity worked on their defense. I was proud of the effort that everyone put in at camp. Everyone was able to pick things up quickly and improve. Kade was hurt, so we learned that we can play a different style without him if need be.”
The core group of players playing on the summer team were senior Cross, juniors Alex Williams, Trevor Peter, Peter McLean, Harry Thearle, Tristan Eames, and sophomores Cannon Eames, Ty Peterson, and Brian Mullarkey.