YUCCA VALLEY — The Yucca Valley High School boys basketball team hosted Sultana High School from Hesperia Monday night in a non-league match to test their skills against a well established team.
The varsity team started off strong but fell behind as the game went on. They lost 95-49.
While they lost, many of the players were pushed to play at the top of their game and Jr. Rodriguez was one of them, scoring 17 points and two assists.
Noah Roy followed Rodriguez in points, scoring eight points for the team, seven rebounds and three steals. Lenworth Brady scored six points and six rebounds.
The JV team also lost but with a closer margin of 41-70.
“The team fought hard but couldn’t withstand the Sultana offense,” said junior varsity coach Jonathan Price.
Varsity wins Tuesday night league opener
The three boys basketball teams hosted the Coachella Valley Arabs Tuesday night.
The varsity team won 69-49 with five players scoring in the double digits. As a team the Trojans shot 53 percent from the free-throw line.
They were behind by three at the end of the first period, but with 3 minutes left in the second, they pulled ahead and never again lost the lead. The boys had opened up a 50-36 lead by the end of the third period.
Coachella Valley suffered a shooting slump in the fourth, only scoring one point in the first 3 minutes while the Trojans extended their lead to 65-37.
The Arabs began shooting better in the last minute, but the hole they had dug was too deep to overcome.
The JV team won 66-25 with a strong bounce-back from the Trojans led by Jehu Jimenez (15 points), Tayten Shartel (11 points) and Jacob Rideout (13 points) and a strong defensive effort by Cesar Olvera and Paul Quin.
The frosh team won 44-38 in their first game they have played this season. Coach Ernesto Gamboa said the team came out a little rusty but really showed their skills in the second half to pull out a nice win.
All three teams will travel to Banning today to play the Broncos.