The Spartans kept it close and even had a lead at different points throughout the game, but the Badgers led at the end of each quarter, including the one that matters most.
Both teams came out with in a full-court press, and the game turned into a fast-break affair, with both teams taking quick shots on offense and looking to draw fouls.
Strathmore Head Coach Justin St. Clair took all of his starters out in the second quarter, and the second team was able to close the gap.
As the third quarter neared the end Strathmore was able to push ahead by five points. However, the Badgers closed the gap and Alex Williams hit a trey to give his team a 35-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The game was a defensive battle, with both teams turning the ball over many times, but the difference was Badgers’ post play on offense and defense down the stretch.
Yosemite center Kade Cross had some big blocks in the paint, as well as some timely offensive boards.
Spartan point guard Carlos Lopez received a technical foul with seconds left in the game, and the Badgers were able to make some clutch free throws to go home with the win.
“I thought defensively we were pretty good today. When you hold a team under 50 points you should be able to win the game. We just struggled in spots offensively where we just can’t get things going,” St. Clair said. “We have to be able to attack the basket and finish our shots.”
Shooting guard Junior Cisneros led the Spartans with 13 points.