Matt Hayes has compiled plenty of big nights leading the Yuba City High boys basketball team.
None were as big as Wednesday against Natomas. The smooth-shooting junior guard had the most explosive game of his prep career, scoring 47 points as the Honkers topped the Nighthawks 82-67.
“He was scoring everywhere,” Honkers coach Brian Davis said.
Hayes sunk six 3-pointers and showcased his ever-improving skills in the lane for the rest.
“All picks,” Davis said.
The man of the night echoed his coach when we reached him by phone, and said this is “by far” the most points he’s ever scored in a game.
“By far the most fun, too,” he added.
How could it not be? Well, maybe if you’re Natomas. Last season, the Nighthawks made news when they came to Yuba City and let Zach Nelson score 56 on them.
Hayes remembers that game fondly. But this time, he was the one who couldn’t be stopped.
“It was just when we needed a basket, I’d find a way he said.