The Yosemite High varsity boy’s basketball team played the last of their three ‘holiday’ tournaments in Mendota. The Badgers (8-9, 0-0) split their four tournament games. Overall, YHS has now exceeded their win total from last season (6) with their eighth victory of the season.
“We have certainly progressed from last season,” YHS head coach Erik Peterson said. “We still have a ways to go. We have been inconsistent. The tournaments are a good test because we play four games in four days. We had two good performances. In our losses we had too many turnovers that led to inconsistent plays.”
YHS had a lot of windshield time spending 14 hours driving back and forth to Mendota during the four day stretch.
The Badgers defeated Parlier 75-48 in the opener Dec. 26. Mariposa crushed Yosemite 73-45 on the Dec. 27. YHS lost to Livingston 79-64 Dec. 28 and closed out the tournament with a win over North Sequoia League foe Chowchilla 61-43 on Dec. 29 to capture 5th place.
YHS vs. Parlier
YHS opened up with a win against Parlier (11-4, 0-0). The Panthers of the West Sequoia League have had a strong early season start. “We were able to put it all together against Parlier,” Peterson said. “We had only 7 turnovers. It was a good effort overall.”
YHS held a 17-15 lead after the first quarter. The Badgers outscored the Panthers 21-8 in the pivotal second quarter and 37-25 in the second half to cruise to a good win.
Paul Antonis led YHS with 17 points and 8 assists. Owen Bazzar had 11 points and had 6 assists. Holden Eames scored 10 points and led YHS with 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Other YHS scoring: Garrett McMechan 7, Nathaniel Mulkey 5, Dylan Allen 4, John Nisar 3, and Jackson Thearle 2.
Parlier stats were not available at press time.
YHS vs. Mariposa
The Mariposa Grizzlies (10-4, 0-0) led from start to finish and outscored YHS in every quarter. Mulkey led YHS with 14 points shooting 7 for 8 from the field. As a team YHS would shoot only 30% (19 of 64). Mulkey also had 4 rebounds and led YHS with 2 blocked shots.
Antonis scored 10 points and led YHS with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Bazzar had 8 points. Eames had 4 points & 4 assists and led YHS with 4 steals. Christian Rold had 4 points, 4 rebounds, and a blocked shot. Other YHS scoring: Allen 3 points (3 rebounds) and Hayden Lewis 2 points (4 rebounds).
YHS vs. Livingston
Livingston (9-8, 1-1) of the Trans Valley League in the Sac-Joaquin Section, jumped ahead early and were up 44-25 at the half. YHS had a strong second half but the first half deficit was too much to overcome.
YHS had four players in double figures: Antonis had 17, Eames 16, Bazzar 13, and Lewis 10. Antonis had 5 assists, Lewis 9 rebounds, and Eames 4 steals to lead YHS. Other YHS scorers: Rold 5, Allen 2, and Mulkey 1.
Cooper Winton (22 points) and Cesar Avila (21) led the Wolves.
YHS vs. Chowchilla
The Badgers bounced back to defeat NSL rival Chowchilla 61-43. The Badgers took a 13-9 lead after the first quarter. The Tribe outscored YHS 16-12 to go into halftime tied at 25. Chowchilla is 5-9 overall this season.
It was the third quarter where YHS took control outscoring the Tribe 21-7. “We came out of halftime after playing a horrible first (half),” Peterson said. “Our second half was solid, but we have had a hard time being consistent for four quarters.”
Hayden Lewis led YHS with 17 points and 4 rebounds. For the 6’-5” senior center, it was his highest scoring output of the season, and 8th in double figures. Eames scored 13 points and led YHS with 2 steals. Owen Bazzar had 12. Paul Antonis had 10 points and led YHS with 5 assists. Other YHS scoring: McMechan 3, Nisar 3, Daylen Datchuck 1, and Mulkey 1.
Chowchilla stats were not available at press time.
YHS guard Owen Bazzar was named all-tournament.