Galena Park Yellow Jackets Basketball Updates

  • GPHS vs Texas City
    The Galena Park Fighting Yellowjackets hosted Texas City High School in their last home game of the 2019-2020 season.

    Freshman Gold Team:
    The Gold team lost a close game 30-36.

    Freshman Black Team:
    The Black team played in a back and forth contest as each team battled for every point. The score of each quarter ended with Texas City edging out the Jackets by only a few points including the final quarter where Texas City held onto a 48-45 lead until the buzzer sounded. Nate Montano led the Jackets with 18 points and Elijah McNeil added another 13 points.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team was led by Marcus Fonseca who scored 17 points in a very lop-sided loss. Texas City controlled the Jackets in a 74-31 defeat.

    Varsity Team:
    Coach Woodall and the Galena Park basketball program recognized the time and dedication of 5 seniors before the beginning of the evening’s game. Those seniors included: Kailen Colums, Paul Zermeno, Alfonse Trahan, Derrick Sampson, and Eddy Silva. Coach Woodall and staff presented each senior with a token of thanks for all they have given the program and then it was “GAME ON”! The Yellowjackets were in a “must win” situation if they wished to find a play-off spot. Coach Woodall mentioned his game plan was to “just play” and play they did! Galena Park outscored Texas City in every quarter except the first which they gave up by one point. Senior, Eddy Silva was feeling it from the 3-point line as he drilled in 14 points 12 of which were from beyond the arc. Eddy also pulled down 4 rebounds had an assist and a steal. Keon Kelly was quite on the scoreboard but he made some big plays that led to other’s scoring (mostly by ripping down 7 rebounds). John Victoria led all scorers with 20 points, had 4 assists, 5 rebounds and a blocked shot. The Yellowjackets as a team pulled out a big win as they took a 51-44 win.

    GPHS vs Baytown Lee
    The Galena Park Fighting Yellowjackets hosted the Ganders of Baytown Lee High School Friday, February 7th.

    Freshman Gold Team:
    The Galena Park gold team did not get to compete as Baytown Lee did not have a second freshman team.

    Freshman Black Team:
    The black team lost a 35-38 heartbreaker in overtime to Lee Friday night. The Jackets were behind at the end of every quarter until they tied the score at 33-33 at the end of the fourth. G.P. took the lead part way through the overtime period and it looked as if a second overtime was in the works as the score was tied at 35 all. Then Lee took a buzzer beating shot from just inside half court and won the game 38-35. Elijah McNeil led the Jackets with 20 points.

    JV Team:
    The JV team managed to keep their composure and discipline through four quarters of play Friday leading to a 47-35 win. Emi Valenzuela led the Jackets with 15 points followed by another 10 points from Marcus Fonseca.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team held off Lee winning a low-scoring 44-42 battle. John Victoria led G.P. with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 steals, and 2 blocked shots. Point guard, Paul Zermeno was the heartbeat of the Jackets as his hustle and composure kept the team on track. Paul scored 11 points had 3 assists and 6 steals.

    GPHS vs Galveston Ball
    The Galena Park Fighting Yellowjackets hosted the Tors of Galveston Ball High School the last Friday night.

    Freshman Gold Team:
    The Gold team lost.

    Freshman Black Team:
    The Black team lost 17-47led by Tim Marshall who scored 7 points.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team fought hard to keep themselves in a game against a much more physical and much larger Ball team, but in the end they couldn’t make the plays needed to secure the “W”. G.P. lost to Ball 48-54 led by Ernest Flores and Marcus Fonseco.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team started the game with poise and discipline that yielded solid offensive opportunities and scoring. The Yellowjackets were in total control of the game through the first quarter holding Ball to 8 points while scoring 17 points. Ball found their offense in the second as the game tightened with a 28-31 Ball lead at half. Galveston Ball rotated their bigs in keeping them fresh while their shooting guard rained three-point shots down on the Yellowjackets’ wings. The Jackets battled but the Tor physicality won out in the end. Galena Park lost 61-73. John Victoria led G.P. scorers with 21 points. The guard tandem of Paul Zermeno and Alfonse Trahan kept the offense on track with their combined 10 assists and 23 points.

    GPHS Vs Santa Fe
    The Galena Park Fighting Yellowjackets hosted the Santa Fe Indians as the second half of their district play gets underway.

    Freshman Gold Team:
    The gold team did not play.

    Freshman Black Team:
    The black team lost 34-44 in a game that they fought to keep close all game. The young Jackets went down early taking a 9 point deficit into the second quarter, but some fine 3-point shooting and some solid offensive rebounding held the Indians to only 3 second quarter points and brought the game to G.P. 21 & S.F. 22 at the half. Some unforced errors and a dry spell from the field hurt G.P. in the second half giving Santa Fe the 10 point win. Roger Barquera scored 8 points and Nate Montano scored 7 for the Yellowjackets.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team battled hard for a half of basketball ending the first half with a 2 point deficit (24-26). Sadly, that was the best two quarters of basketball as they just couldn’t put a complete four quarters together. Marcus Fonseca scored 10 points for Galena Park.

    Varsity Team:
    The Yellowjackets controlled the tempo with a solid 13-9 first quarter led by the stellar rebounding of John Victoria who pulled down a total of 11 totals rebounds (4 offensive and 7 defensive) on the night. Another 9 points were added in the second and G.P. took a 22-16 lead into halftime. Galena Park struggled throughout the night finding a steady groove, but they stayed focused and remained patient which paid off with 41-35 win. The Indians took the lead twice in the fourth only to find the free-throw shooting of the Jackets to be enough to put G.P. back in the lead. John Victoria and Alfonse Trayhan hit some crucial free throws with less than a minute in the game. John Victoria led the team with 12 points the aforementioned rebounding, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots. Paul Zermeno led the team with 5 steals while Keon Kelly added another 10 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.

    GPHS vs Goose Creek
    The Jackets hosted the Goose Creek Memorial Patriots this Friday night and both teams gave their fans a game to remember.

    Freshman Teams:
    The Gold team lost 39-48 led by the 15 points of Jose Pena.

    The Black team lost 36-84 led by the scoring of Nate Montano and Elijah who each scored 8 points.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team was defeated by Goose Creek 60-69. The team was led by Ernesto Flores who scored 23 points 15 of which were 3-point baskets.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team took an early 12-6 lead behind some solid defense and aggressive offense. The game slowed down in the second quarter as both teams battled to a 20-20 tie. Goose Creek came out early in the third and took a lead that they maintained through the end of the quarter. The Yellowjackets remained calm and slowly chipped away at the 7 point third quarter lead until they took a 47-46 lead with 24 seconds remaining in the game. G.P. still had the 1 point lead with 4 seconds in the game and Goose Creek had 91 feet to make something happen. The Patriots managed to get the ball down the floor and through the basket just as the clock went to 0:00 winning 47-48. Derrick Sampson led the Jackets with 19 points and 4 steals. Derrick played some outstanding defense creating several turnovers that ended in G.P. points. Every man who stepped on the floor brought something positive to the game and the effort was that of a team!

    GPHS vs Friendswood
    The Yellowjacket boys’ basketball program hosted Friendswood this Friday night in what ended up as a low-scoring defensive battle.

    Freshman Teams:
    Inclement weather prevented freshman teams from playing

    Junior Varsity Team:
    Inclement weather prevented JV team from playing.

    Varsity Team:
    The Jacket defense was quick and aggressive early holding Friendswood to 10 first quarter points, however the Jackets managed only 3 points after missing 5 of their 6 free-throw attempts. The free-throw woes seemed to recede after the first quarter with the Yellowjackets shooting 71% for the game, unfortunately that early deficit proved hard to overcome. Galena Park made several runs at Friendswood getting within 5 points mid-way through the third quarter, but ended the game with a 40-50 loss. George Sanchez led the team in rebounds and scored 10 points, John Victoria scored 15 points, had 3 steals and a blocked shot, and Paul Zermeno captained the offense and added another 3 steals to the G.P. stat board.

    GPHS vs Crosby
    The Yellowjackets hosted the Crosby Cougars in their first game of the new year this last Friday night. It was a tough start to the new year for G.P. as all but the freshman gold team lost.

    Freshman Teams:
    The gold team lost defeated Crosby 45-37 led by the 3-point scoring of Carlos Bernal who put in 22 of the 45 G.P. points.

    The black team lost 26-76 led by Roger Barquera who scored 8 points.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team struggled from the jump as Crosby took an early 21 point lead in the first quarter. They continued to dominate throughout defeating the Yellowjackets 29-59. Marcus Fonseca led the JV team with 9 points.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team kept the game tight through the first and second quarters down by only 5 in the first and 9 in the second. But an early third quarter dry spell put the Jackets down by 15 at the end of three, the game ended with a 44-64 loss. George Sanchez led the Jackets with 14 points and was 6/6 from the charity stripe. Eddy Silva and Keon Kelly led the team in rebounds and John Victoria led in assists. Derrick Sampson and Kailen Colums came off the bench and gave solid minutes of sound defense.