The Minarets boys basketball team (4-10, 0-1 West Sequoia League) traveled to Caruthers (11-5, 1-0 WSL) to open West Sequoia League play Jan. 15, losing 78-44, after the Blue Raiders opened the game with five straight 3-pointers.
The Mustangs played without the services of their standout Mason Ellis (18 points pga), who was in Jacksonville, Fl., taking part in Saturday’s Blue-Grey football game, where seniors from throughout the country showcase their talents in hopes of attracting scholarship offers.
Caruthers hit five straight 3-pointers to open the game. The closest Minarets got to the Blue Raiders was eight points in the second quarter.
Mustangs lose to Badgers 68-35
On Jan. 13, the Mustangs hosted the Yosemite Badgers (13-6, 1-0 North Sequoia League), losing 68-35.
It was the second meeting for the two clubs, the first in the Liberty Hawks Invitational, Dec.12, where the Badgers beat the Mustangs 52-34.
The Mustangs again played without Ellis and starting guard Christian Conti. Conti was hard to replace and it showed as the Mustangs struggled to find any type of rhythm early in the game.
The Badgers jumped out in front 17-5 in the first period, extending the lead to 30-16 at the half. The Badgers team, made up of primarily underclassmen, passed the ball well and limited their turnovers.
Sophmore Cannon Eames led all Badgers with 18 points, making five 3-pointers along the way. Brother Tristen, a junior, contributed 10 points.
Peter McLean added 13 points and led all players with 24 rebounds (a new school record) to help the Badgers convert many second-shot attempts.
Center Kade Cross added 12 points, and had two blocked shots.
For the Mustangs Caanine Fasone led the team with 11 points. Brother Kaleb added six, Michael Rendon scored five, and Dwayne Hale added four.
The Mustangs were back at full strength to play the Fowler Redcats (11-5, 1-0) Wednesday (scores not available at press time), and host Parlier (3-8) Friday at 7:30 p.m.