The Warriors entered into the week as co-leaders in the SEYL title race, but after a 71-62 loss to Garces and a 62-59 overtime loss to East, the Warriors are currently in a second place tie in the league standings with four games remaining in the regular season.
Tehachapi (15-7; 4-2 SEYL) went into a boisterous and hostile Garces gym last Tuesday, hanging tough with the Rams through two quarters and going into the locker room down by a modest 31-26 score.
However, Garces went on a big run in the third quarter, outscoring the Warriors 29-11 in the period to virtually put the game away.
Isaiah Johnson finished as the leading scorer for Tehachapi with 22 points, followed by Chris Llamas with 18 points, all coming by way of three-pointers. Jonny Saavedra had five points and Phil Baquerizo and Daniel Wight each had four points to highlight other scoring.
Two days later against East, the Warriors nearly swept the season series before the Blades squeezed out a 62-59 overtime win in their home gym in Bakersfield.
Saavedra nearly had a game-winning three-pointer that rimmed out at the buzzer in regulation before the game into overtime, 51-51.
The Warriors were handicapped right from the opening tip without the services of Llamas, who was suffering from a bad case of the flu.
Despite not having Llamas, the Warriors kept the contest close, with Johnson finishing with 29 points and nine rebounds and Medovitch closing with a double-double 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Micah Fjeld also had five points and eight rebounds, Saavedra had six points and Mikey Phillips had a basket.
Mountain Basketball will look to get back on the winning track this Wednesday with a home game against North. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Junior Varsity and Freshmen
The Braves (5-11; 1-5 SEYL) lost a pair of league contests, falling to Garces 39-29 and East 43-37.
Ryan Kelly had eight points to lead the scoring against the Rams, followed by Jon Danielson and Jesus Sanchez with five points each and Bryan Cotta with four points.
In the loss against the Blades, Carson Bethany had 15 points and Kelly had 12 points to lead all scorers.
In the freshmen ranks, The Indians (4-4; 3-3 SEYL) defeated Garces 27-25 and East 41-31 last week.
Tanner Herman had 10 points and David Wheeler had seven points to lead Tehachapi over previously league unbeaten Garces. Gus Marantos also had six points and Tanner Garrett and Israel Guerrero had two points each.
Against East, Herman recorded 17 points, Wheeler had 10 points and Guerrero had seven points. Marantos also had four points and Garrett three points in the 10-point win.