The Yosemite High Badgers varsity and JV basketball teams faced a stiff opening test traveling to face the Eagles of Fresno Christian High. Nov. 25, losing 58-46.
First year Fresno Christian Coach Jon Penberthy inherited a team that went 19-8 last season. The opener was a CIF Foundation Game and not counted on the win/loss column, or individual stats recorded for the season.. CIF Foundation games serve as fundraisers for CIF scholarships across the state.
Despite the loss, Badger Coach Stephen Lopez was pleased with his teams’ effort.
“We played alright,” Lopez said. “This was a good experience. Fresno Christian is well coached. We had great effort from Aaron (Bausch) and Kade (Cross). The team is still learning and having some days off during the Thanksgiving holiday hurt a little.”
Junior center Cross led the Badgers with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Cross led off where he finished last season, as the Badger’s leading scorer and rebounder. Senior guard Bausch had 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Bausch, normally a 2-guard is now at point with starter Tristan Eames sidelined for December.
Cross scored the first points of the Badger season and added a 3-pointer early in the fir quarter. Senior wing Jordan Matoud also hit a 3-pointer, but Fresno Christian led 12-11 after the first quarter. A Cross put-back put
YHS up 13-12. From there it was all Fresno Christian. The Eagle’s went on a 9-0 run,and the Badgers found themselves behind 29-21 at half.
Two baskets by Bausch led to a 5-0 Badger run narrowing the score to 29-26 at the start of the second half. Then the Eagles went on a 6-0 run. A 4-point Eagle play gave Fresno christian its biggest lead of the game at 41-30. They had a comfortable 43-32 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Badgers fought back in the fourth quarter with points from sophomore forward Peter McLean. McLean scored down low and played solid defense. Matoud hit his second three-pointer, and Bausch drove the lane for two baskets. The Badgers were down by just four points, 45-41, with 3:21 left in the game. The Eagles then put the game away with an 8-2 run. Bausch had a 3-point play to get YHS within six, 52-46. SCHS ended the game with two more 3-pointers.
Matoud ended the game with with 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. McLean had a strong showing in his first varsity game with 9 points and 7 rebounds.
“I was really impressed with Peter’s performance,” Lopez said. “He is only going to get better and will be a force along with Cade (Cross) on the boards this season. We are going to get a lot better as a team.”
The team is participating this week in the Kingsburg Classic Tournament. The team’s first home game will be at 5 p.m., aturday, Dec. 20, against Selma.
Badger JV team win 52-42
Badger freshman point guard Cannon Eames and sophomore two-guard Trevor Peter combined for 31 points as the YHS JV team defeated Fresno Christian 52-42. YHS lost the prior week to Mariposa in overtime, 51-44.
Fresno Christian led at the half 30-27, but Yosemite roared back owning the second half, outscoring the Eagles 29-16. The Badger guard tandem was all over the court. Peters had key steals and pulled down 8 rebounds.
Like the varsity, the JV team has a strong inside presence. Forward Brian Mullarkey had 10 points and 11 boards. Center Ben Negely owned the paint pulling down a game-leading 14 rebounds. Harrison Thearle added 5 points and 7 rebounds for the Badgers.
The Badger defense limited Fresno Fresno Christian to just 7 points in the pivotal fourth quarter.