Twenty members of the Yosemite Youth Basketball Association Club traveled to the University of California, San Diego last weekend to participate in the Triton Classic Tournament.
The team consists of 10 varsity players and 10 JV players from Yosemite High School, and the team went 2-7 in the tournament.
After leaving Oakhurst at 6 a.m. Friday morning, the team played in three pool play games after arriving in San Diego.
In the first game of the day, the varsity team took on San Dieguito. After falling behind 24-19 at the half, they lost 40-29. They then took on Mountain View. Down 13 early, they cut it to nine at the half down 32-23. Although the team got within one with nine minutes to play, Mountain View squeaked-out a 60-56 win.
The last game of a very long day and night was against the Del Norte Nighthawks. The YYBA team played a very competitive first half, trailing by just three points, 23-20. The team seemed to run out of gas in the second half, losing 68-32.
It was back on the court at 9 a.m. Saturday morning for a matchup with Develyn High of Colorado, the No. 1 team in the bracket. They played a great first half, and were down 25-19 before losing 44-37.
After pool play, the team took a break from the basketball court to enjoy the afternoon at La Jolla Beach.
The break seemed to re-energize the players as they came back to play Union Mines, going up 34-24 at half before going on to get their first win in the tournament, 61-40.
The third game on Saturday was against Tesoro High. Both teams shot well in the first half, with the Y trailing by just two at the break, 29-27, but Tesoro went on a scoring streak in the second half to earn the 62-43 win.
Sunday saw the Y take on the Academy of Academic Excellence. With a win and they took first place in the Navy Division because of their victory over Union Mines.
Although Academy of Academic Excellence has a good reputation for scholastics, the school is still working on its athletics program, with the Y rolling over them 40-10.
The Oakhurst contingent consisted of seniors Tristan Eames, Harry Thearle, Alex Williams, Trevor Peter, Caleb Eicholtz, and Peter McLean - juniors Ty Peterson, Cannon Eames, Ben Negley, Burke Stewart, Zach Thach, Dylan Bullock, Noah Allen, and Kynder Adler - sophomores Paul Antonis, Christian Rold, Tyler Matyshock, John Nisar, Dylan Allen and Ryan Stearns.
The team is coached by Aaron Eames and Erik Peterson.