The Yosemite varsity boys’ basketball program split its North Sequoia League contests last week. The Badgers (6-18, 2-7 NSL) traveled to Washington Union (17-9, 9-0) Feb. 10 and were blown out 78-42. The Panthers defeated the Badgers 54-35 on Jan. 23 in Oakhurst.
The Badgers returned home Feb. 13 to face the Redskins of Chowchilla (10-16, 3-6) and notched their second NSL win 43-35.
When Yosemite went to downtown Easton, they played against one of the most storied basketball programs in the Central Section. Washington Union has won four state titles, 22 section titles, and 40 league titles.
One of the biggest games in the history of Yosemite boys basketball was against the Panthers, when the Badgers ended the Panthers 13-year, 125-game league win streak in the Harry H. Baker Gym on Jan. 19, 2007. The win streak still ranks as the longest in state history for a high school basketball team. The team, coached by Mark Siverly, was lead by seniors Bradly Wilkinson, Larry Ramirez, and Justin Smith, who dramaticaly beat Union 61-54.
Last year’s 26-4 Central Section D-IV title winner graduated seven seniors. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for head coach Tony Peterson. After starting the season 1-5, Union has won 16 of 20 including 10 straight games and a perfect 8-0 NSL record.
On top of that, it was senior night for the Panthers. Union made a statement early going on an 11-0 run early in the first on the way to a 24-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. Yosemite closed to 24-15 on a Kade Cross 3-point play.
Union would respond, and respond big with a 15-0 run. Cross broke the run on a layup with an assist from Armando Villanueva. Washington Union went into halftime up 20 points, 44-24.
Union did not let up in the second half, outscoring Yosemite 34-18, and forcing 32 Badger turnovers. Yosemite shot a woeful 16 of 55 for 29% . When the dust settled, the scoreboard read Union 78 - Yosemite 42.
Cross led Yosemite with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots. He was 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
Sophomore Peter McLean added 8 points and had 6 rebounds on the night.
Senior Panther guard Prentice Thomas led all scorers with 26 points with teammate Jose Sanchez adding 19.
Badgers beat Redskins
Yosemite rebounded from one of its worst defeats of the season to one of their best defensive efforts, leading to a 43-35 win over the Chowchilla Redskins.
Cross was the game high scorer with 19. Sophomore Tristan Eames had 9, and McLean added 6 points.
“We put the Union loss behind us and played well enough Friday to win,” said Coach Aaron Eames. “We had a great defensive effort against Chowchilla.”
Cross has now accumulated 433 points in 23 games (18.8 ppg). Tristian Eames is No. 2 in scoring on the season with 168 points (7.3 ppg). He is shooting a team high 66% from the field, and 64% from the free throw line. He leads the team with 200 rebounds (8.7 rpg), and 60 blocked shots (2.6 bpg).
Badger JV lose two close games
The Yosemite JV basketball team (8-15, 1-8) lost two close contests last week.
The team lost to Washington Union 43-31. Union took a 31-22 lead into halftime, but the Badgers closed to 35-29 at the end of the third quarter. The Panthers outscored the Badgers 8-2 in the fourth quarter to close it out.
Alex Williams led Yosemite with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Brian Mullarkey added 9 points, with Trevor Peter, and Ty Peterson adding four each.
Last Friday, the Badgers lost to Chowchilla in a low scoring affair, 28-27. It was 6-6 after the first quarter. The Redskins outscored YHS 10-2 in the second quarter and took a 16-8 lead into halftime. YHS outscored Chowchilla in the second and third quarters but it wasn’t enough.
Justin Cantrell of Chowchilla led all scorers with 16 points.