Galena Park Yellow Jackets Basketball Updates

  • GPHS vs Santa Fe
    Freshman Gold Team:
    The Gold team didn’t play.

    Freshman Black Team:
    The Black team played in a back and forth contest as each team battled for every point.  The Indians took an early 9-10 lead and held the lead through the second and third quarters.  However, the Yellowjackets proved a difficult foe to shake as the young ballers slowly chipped away at the Indians lead.  Finally, in the fourth the Jackets managed to put up a 13 point quarter while holding the Indians to only 5 points resulting in the 44-40 Jacket victory.  Amarion Kelly led the team with 14 points and Bernardo Vazquez banged in 11 from the paint.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team found themselves having to make up ground as they fell behind by a score of 27-31 in the first half against the Indians.  Spurred by the rebounding and hustle play of Rene Rullier (8 rebounds and 4 steals) the Jackets managed to pull out a 20 point third quarter while holding the Indians to only 5 points in the third.  The fourth quarter was more of the same as G.P. added another 17 points while holding Santa Fe to only 10 points.  At the end of four quarters, Galena Park dominated Santa Fe with a 64-46 win.  Galena Park was led by the scoring of Derrick Sampson who had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals.  Paul Zermeno scored another 15 points, added 6 more rebounds, a steal and 4 assists to the evening’s stats.  Kailen Colums scored 10 points, had 4 blocked shots, 7 rebounds (4 of those on the offensive boards), 2 assists, and 2 steals.  Alfonse Trahan worked his magic at the point leading the team with 7 assists!

    Varsity Team:
    Coach Woodall and the Galena Park basketball program recognized the time and dedication of 13 seniors before the beginning of the evening’s game.  Those seniors included trainer, Adriana Lopez; managers: Jacqueline Landaverde, Nathaniel Zamora, and Andres Fernandez; Danilo DaCosta, Irvin Fuentes, Robert Moya, Jesse Perez, Miguel Umana, Daniel De Santiago, Deiondre Fonseca, Isaiah Sanchez, and Julian Macias.  Once the love and recognition had been paid it was time to “play ball” and G.P. found themselves in a four quarter battle!  The Yellowjackets defeated Santa Fe 50-39 after a game filled with intensity and a smidge of attitude.    The game remained tight through the first three quarters with neither team really able to pull away.  G.P. had a teensy, 2-point lead entering the fourth quarter that blew into an 11 point win after Julian Macias hit several technical foul shots.  Julian Macias led G.P. scorers with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.  John Victoria played a solid game keeping himself out of foul trouble and on the floor which led to 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and a blocked shot for John.  Deiondre Fonseca took 3 charges during the game and really should have had a fourth (aye, officials); these don’t show up on a scoreboard but they are always momentum changing plays!

    GPHS vs Goose Creek
    Freshman Teams:
    The Gold team lost 32-50 led by the 10 points of Sergio Gutierrez.

    The Black team lost 51-62 led by the scoring of Ernesto Flores with 12 points and Amarion Kelly who scored 16 points.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team lost defeated Goose Creek 57-43. The team was led by Paul Zermeno who scored 16 points, had 4 assists, 7 rebounds, and 5 steals. Kailen Colums also added 16 points to the G.P. victory along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity lost to Goose Creek 45-71. Julian Macias led the Yellowjackets with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

    GPHS vs Crosby
    Freshman Teams:
    The Gold team lost 15-36 led by the 7 points of Jose Barrientos.

    The Black team lost 55-65 led by Ernesto Flores with 17 points, Amarion Kelly with 13 points and Bernardo Vazquez with 10 points.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team dominated the Cougars in the first quarter of action taking a 23-6 lead into the second quarter. The defense and scoring that dominated the first quarter for the Jackets slowed in the second as Crosby brought the 17-point deficit to within 9 points by the half. The Yellowjackets appeared to maintain the status quo as the 9-point lead continued through the third quarter. Then in the fourth quarter the Cougars found their rhythm and pushed the Jackets to the brink of defeat to watch G.P. put them away from the free throw line. Galena Park won 59-57 behind the 17-point scoring of Alfonse Trahan. Kailen Colums added another 11 points to the win as well as leading the Jackets on the boards with 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Paul Zermeno and Derrick Sampson also scored 11 points.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team managed to battle back from a 7-21 deficit in the first quarter to take a 46-54 loss at the end of the game Tuesday night. Jorge Sanchez scored 9 points leading the Jackets in scoring and he pulled down 4 offensive and 4 defensive rebounds on the night. Isaiah Sanchez and John Victoria also added 8 points each. Nilo DeCosta played well leading the team in steals and assists with 4 each.

    GPHS vs Texas City
    Freshman Gold Team:
    The Gold team lost 17-40 led by the 8 points of Jose Barrientos.

    Freshman Black Team:
    The Black team lost to Texas City 23-61 led by the scoring of Ernesto Flores who had 9 points.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team fought, scraped and grappled in a tight 56-60 overtime loss to Texas City. The game was a dog-fight throughout as the first quarter ended with a 12-12 tie and the second quarter ended with a 24-26 Stingaree lead. The Yellowjackets took control in the third with excellent defense leading to quick transition points and giving them a 44-31 lead at the end of three. The fourth quarter was the Stingaree’s quarter as they poured in 23 points and held G.P. to only 10 ending regulation with a 54-54 tie. With foul trouble dominating the G.P. bench the Yellowjackets scored the first bucket and their only bucket in overtime, but it would be insufficient as Texas City capitalized on the offensive boards and the free throw line. Alfonse Trahan led the team in scoring with 18 points. Kailen Colums added 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocked shots to the G.P. cause. Paul Zermeno was the player of the game with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 6 steals.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team played a great first quarter of defense holding Texas City to 15 points while putting in 10 of their own. But, the second quarter was a rough 8 minutes as G.P. only managed to score a 6 points while giving up 22. The second half was really more of the same as Texas City controlled the game. Julian Macias led G.P. scorers with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals.

    On Deck:
    The boys’ teams will travel to Santa Fe on Friday, January 18th for games beginning at 4:30 p.m.

    GPHS vs Baytown Lee
    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 pulled out a 53-46 victory in a tightly matched game. The first quarter was a slow, methodical march up and down the floor that yielded 8 total points (4 for each team). The pace of the game quickened in the second quarter as Ernesto Flores made 3 quick steals that sparked his team’s offense. The Ganders hung in the game and tied the game up at 19 right at the half. The second half continued like the first with baskets being traded until the Jackets saw a crack in the door and busted it open for the victory. Amarion Kelly led the team with 18 points, Peja Richardson contributed another 11 points and Ernesto Flores capped it off the double digit trio with 10 points.

    JV Team:
    The high-powered, high-scoring JV team struggled with their offense Tuesday night as they only managed to put up 7 points in the first quarter of play against Lee. The scoring woes diminished in the second quarter as the Jackets more than tripled their first quarter score by adding 17 point to the scoreboard. The Ganders kept the game tight throughout the third quarter holding the Jackets to 33 points, but the swarm proved too much for the fowl on this night as G.P. won 50-37. Anthony Alvarez was the player of the game as he came up HUGE off the bench with 3 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 mega-blocked shots. Leading in the scoring category was Kailen Colums with 12 points and Paul Zermeno and Alfonse Trahan each added 10 points.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team battled in a point for point contest Tuesday night but in the end Lee was able to capitalize and the Jackets were not. G.P. lost 64-69 in a game the most certainly had the ability and skills to win, aye Yellowjackets? Nilo DaCosta led G.P. with 18 points, Isaiah Sanchez had 12 and John Victoria added 11 points to the mix. Julian Macias dominated the boards with 8 rebounds, he tallied 4 amazing assists, 3 steals and a blocked shot. Deiondre Fonseca came up with 3 charges one of which fouled out one of the Ganders top scorers.

    On Deck:
    The Jackets will be traveling to Goose Creek Memorial High School Friday, January 11th

    GPHS vs Galveston Ball
    Freshman Gold Team:
    The Gold team lost 18-25.

    Freshman Black Team:
    The Black team lost 38-66 led by Marcus Fonseca who scored 10 points.

    Junior Varsity Team:
    The JV team lost to Ball by a score of 63-65 in a battle that literally went down to the final buzzer. The Yellowjackets led by a single point at the end of the first quarter but trailed the rest of the game until the final seconds. With a little more than a minute left in the game Coach Foster put the Tors on the free throw line stopping the clock and giving the Jackets opportunities to clench rebounds and score. The strategy worked when the Jackets made a big steal with the clock under 10 seconds and tied up the game. The Tors were able to out rebound the smaller Jacket squad and after several attempts put the final shot in as the buzzer sounded. Paul Zermeno led the Jackets with 17 points, 10 steals and 4 assists. Keon Kelly added another 16 points, 2 steals and 6 rebounds.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team started the game with poise and discipline that yielded solid offensive opportunities and scoring. The Yellowjackets managed to play point for point against the Tors through the first half ending the half with a 28-26 lead. The Jackets struggled in the third being physical on the boards leading to way too many shot attempts by Galveston Ball. At the end of three the Jackets were down 34-42 after a 6 point quarter. The Jackets picked up their scoring late in the fourth behind the 3- point shooting of Isaiah Sanchez, but the Ball physicality continued to trouble the defense. Galena Park fell to the Tors 47-58. Isaiah Sanchez led G.P. with 15 points and 3 assists. Nilo DeCosta played a solid game pulling down 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and he took a charge!

    GPHS vs Wharton
    Freshman Team:
    The Galena Park freshman team lost to Wharton by a score of 55-19. Jose Barrientos led the G.P. scorers with 8 points.

    JV Team:
    The JV once again dominated their opponent defeating Wharton 70-23. The JV team averaged 17 points a quarter many of those points were a direct result of the Yellowjacket defense. The Yellowjackets had a team total of 25 steals led by the 7 steals by both Derrick Sampson and Kailen Colums. Derrick also led the Jackets in scoring with 23 points and he pulled down 4 rebounds. Alfonse Trahan scored 16 points and led the team with 6 assists. Keon Kelly scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team played four quarters of sloppy basketball but in the end played just well enough to win a tight 48-47 game. Wharton rolled off 25 points in the first half to Galena Park’s 14. The G.P. defense did tighten up in the second half and the offense began to roll. Galena Park pulled ahead late in the fourth quarter to see their lead diminish by 1 in the waning seconds. However, DeNilo DeCosta went coast to coast off the inbounds to put the Yellowjackets up by 1 point as the game ended. Nilo DeCosta led all scorers with 23 points and led the team in rebounds with 14. Eddie Silva came off the bench and poured in 11 points while Deiondre Fonseca had 7 rebounds and took 3 charges.

    GPHS vs North Brook
    Freshman Gold Team:
    The Galena Park gold team finished off the Raiders with a convincing 44-25 victory. Sergio Gutierrez led the young Jackets with 11 points.

    Freshman Black Team:
    The black team played a solid game of basketball as well on Tuesday night starting early with a 17-9 first quarter lead. The Yellowjackets maintained the scoring and frosted it with a sweet coating of defensive icing that ended in a 54-28 victory. Ernesto Flores led all scorers with 17 points followed by a respectable 14 points by the Yellowjacket big man, Bernardo Velazquez and another 11 points by the always active, Amarion Kelly.

    JV Team:
    The JV team appeared out-of-sorts early as turnovers and missed opportunities plagued them through much of the first half. Despite the pestilence that festered early, the Yellowjackets managed to get an early 13 point lead that bloomed as the game progressed. Coach Foster must have had some miracle tonic that settled the Jackets as they finally found their groove in the third quarter allowing for the 79-40 defeat over the Raiders. Derrick Sampson led all scorers with 39 points, 15 of those points came from beyond the 3-point arc. Derrick also tallied 9 steals and 3 rebounds. Kailen Colums added another 13 points and 4 offensive rebounds as he got hot in the second half. Paul Zermeno captained the offense and added another 7 steals to the effort. Keon Kelly dominated the key pulling down 11 rebounds and registering 2 blocked shots.

    Varsity Team:
    The varsity team fell early to a white hot Raider offense as North Brook scored 24 points in the first quarter alone. The Yellowjackets have been holding teams to under 50 points a game yet this team managed to score nearly half that in one quarter. Needless to say, it was looking bleak as the Raider offense continued to fire are all cylinders adding another 15 points in the second quarter. Coach Woodall and company went into the intermission down 23-39 and had a serious discussion about defense and finding the Raiders’ scorers. The talk must have worked as the Yellowjackets held North Brook to 9 points in the third quarter and gave up only 2 points in the fourth. With approximately 4 minutes left in the game Julian Macias finally put the Jackets in the lead which they never relinquished defeating the Raiders 51-48. Julian Macias and Deiondre Fonseca led G.P. scorers with 13 and 11 respectively. Julian added 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and a blocked shot to his game’s resume. Isaiah Sanchez and John Victoria banged it out in the paint coming up with 14 combined rebounds.

    GPHS vs Porter
    On the first day of the Thanksgiving break the Galena Park boys’ basketball teams traveled to Porter High School. The freshman team lost but the JV and varsity teams left with victories. The varsity team managed to pull out a tight 3-point win bringing home the 44-41 victory.

    On Tuesday of Thanksgiving break the GPHS boys’ teams hosted Dayton High School. The freshman team lost a 47-48 buzzer beater where they had battled back to take a 6 point lead that dwindled until Dayton stole the ball and found the basket as the buzzer sounded. The JV team continued their undefeated season as they dominated the Broncos winning 77-25. Paul Zermeno kept the offense on point with 3 assists and 16 points. Paul also 4 steals second to Kailen Colums’ 7 steals. Derrick Sampson added 15 more points to the victory, 6 rebounds and 6 steals. Kailen Colums and Francisco Villalobos each scored 12 points. The varsity team defeated Dayton 49-33 led by senior Julian Macias’ 11 points, 5 steals, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Deiondre Fonseca added another 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals to the Jacket win. John Victoria dominated on the boards leading the team with 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

    GPHS Tournament Update
    Junior Varsity Team:

    The JV team competed in a tournament hosted by Galena Park High School on November 15th, 16th, and 17th which they ended with the championship plaque in their hands.

    On Thursday, November 15th the Yellowjackets played their first game of the tournament against Sharpstown which they won 65-59. Derrick Sampson led all scorers with 24 points and Keon Kelly added another 11 points for the Jackets.

    Friday afternoon the Yellowjackets earned their second “W” in a 48-37 victory. Paul Zermeno led the Jackets defensively with 5 steals. Derrick Sampson’s defense led to several scoring opportunities and 14 points while Keon Kelly added 10 points.

    Saturday morning G.P. played Springs and won their third game 55-38. Kailen Colums and Paul Zermeno led the scoring with 12 and 14 points respectively. With three wins under their wings the Jackets were looking at facing a much bigger Davis team for the championship game. The first quarter ended with an 8-7 lead by Davis, but it would be the last time they led in the game. The Yellowjackets packed in a tight and stingy zone defense that limited the bigger Davis to single shot attempts and allowed G.P. to own the defensive boards. Big rebounds, aggressive defense, steals and a disciplined transition offense propelled the Jackets to a 55-30 win. Alfonse Trayhan led the team with 17 points, Kailen Colums put in 13 points and Derrick Sampson added 10 more points.