Badgers boys third in NSL heading into second round

The Yosemite High Badgers varsity boys basketball team split North Sequoia League games last week. Yosemite (13-11, 3-2) easily defeated Chowchilla 69-35 on Tuesday, Jan. 15 but lost to defending league champion Kerman 72-50 on Friday, Jan. 18.

Both games were on the road. The win against Chowchilla was the largest margin of victory for YHS but the loss to Kerman was one of the worst.

YHS 69, Chowchilla 35

Yosemite led from start to finish. Yosemite led 40-19 at the half. YHS outscored the Tribe in every quarter. “We had a really good game in most facets,” YHS coach Erik Peterson said. “It is what this team is capable of when we have consistent performances.”

YHS had one of its best shooting nights, especially from beyond the arc where Yosemite hit 13 3-point shots.

Badgers guard Owen Bazzar had his finest performance of the season against Chowchilla (6-13, 1-4). Bazzar had a career-high 24 points to lead YHS. Bazzar hit six 3-point shots. Bazzar also had four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Paul Antonis had another impressive game scoring 21 points. Antonis led YHS with six rebounds and five assists.

Other YHS scoring: Holden Eames 8 points, Nathaniel Mulkey 8, Daylen Datchuck season-high 5 and Dylan Allen 3.

Terrell Middleton and Connor Borba had 11 and 10 points respectively to lead Chowchilla.

Kerman 72, YHS 50

The Lions (14-9, 5-0) broke away after leading just 26-23 at halftime.

“We really had a good first half, but we fell apart in the second,” Peterson said. “You can’t do that with a team like Kerman.”

Overall, YHS shot 33 percent hitting on 18 of 54 shots. Yosemite also had 25 turnovers. Eames led YHS with 18 points. Antonis scored 17 and led YHS with five assists and a career-high 15 rebounds. Bazzar and Christian Rold each had 4 points. Allen had 3 and Mulkey 2.

Kerman had double digit scoring from four starters. Gavin Layton led Kerman with 22 points. Jacob Shubin had 18. Ryan Troutman and Ezrah Mendrin had 13 and 12, respectively.


The Badgers JV continues to roll on with two wins last week. YHS defeated Chowchilla 28-26 and Kerman 37-28. Overall, the Badgers are 14-3, 5-1 in the NSL.

Stats were not available at press time.


Through the first round of league play, it was Kerman 5-0 and Washington Union 4-1 with a 66-49 loss at Kerman on Jan. 4. YHS was third at 3-2. Liberty, which jumped out to a 15-1 overall mark, was 2-3 in the NSL with losses to YHS, Washington Union and Kerman. Chowchilla (1-4) and Sierra (0-5) brought up the rear.

This week

YHS was scheduled to host Sierra on Tuesday, Jan. 22 (JV 5 p.m., varsity 6:30) then travel to Liberty on Friday, Jan. 25 (JV 3:30 p.m., varsity 6 as part of the NSL’s Friday quadruple-header).