Kerman defeats Yosemite 71-65 to remain undefeated in NSL

The Yosemite High basketball team (19-9, 7-3 North Sequoia League) ended league play at Kerman (20-7, 10-0 NSL) Wednesday night with a 71-65 loss to the NSL champions.

The Badgers were up at half 36-32, and led at the end of the third quarter 53-49, but the Lions outscored Yosemite 22-12 in the crucial fourth quarter for the win.

Yosemite senior center Kade Cross scored 22 points shooting 64% from the floor (8 of 12), and had 9 rebounds, four blocked shots, and three steals.

Junior Tristan Eames contributed 15 points, and seven assists - sophomore Cannon Eames 14 (four 3-pointers), and junior Peter McLean with 13 points, shooting 75% from the floor (6 of 8), with 11 rebounds.

High scorer for the game was Kerman junior David Rico with 24 points. currently has Kerman ranked No. 5 in the Central Section D-IV division, and Yosemite at No. 5.

Immanuel (21-5) of Reedley is Ranked No. 1, followed by Granite Hills (25-2) of Porterville, Kennedy (19-8) of Delano, Madera South (16-11), Kerman (20-7), Rosamond (19-4), Coalinga (21-6), McFarland (21-6), Yosemite (19-9), and Taft (16-11).

Both teams will go to the D-IV Central Section playoffs, and are awaiting the seedings and playoff bracket (to see when and where they will play) which will be released Friday by the Central Section office.

Staff Report