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2013-2014 VARSITY ROSTER

 
    # Name Position Height Weight Class      
    2 Brad McCormick G / F 6' 2" 180 Junior      
    3 Chris Ahern G 6' 0" 130 Junior      
    4 Kevin Avalos F 6' 4" 190 Senior      
    5 Klay Stall C 6' 8" 210 Sophomore      
    10 Nick Brewer G 6' 0" 165 Sophomore      
    11 Antwan Ross G / F 6' 2" 180 Sophomore      
    12 Tyrone Avala G 5' 9" 145 Senior      
    15 Jared Payne G 5' 8" 160 Junior      
    20 Brett Smith G 5' 11" 165 Junior      
    21 David Perez G / F 6'1" 180 Junior      
    22 Tristan Figueroa G / F 6' 0" 165 Junior      
    24 Cole Kepler G 6' 1" 200 Junior      
    25 Kendrick Gannon F 6' 3" 170 Junior      
    31 Devin Kirby F 6' 8" 185 Sophomore      
    32 Nathan Markovich G / F 6' 1" 175 Senior      
         
                     
 

 
   
   
   
   
 

2013-2014 TEAM PHOTOS

 
 

 

VARSITY    
       
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2013-2014 BASHA BEARS SCHEDULE

 
    NOVEMBER DAY TIME LOCATION OPPONENT RESULT RECORD    
    11/25 Monday 7:00PM Tip-Off
Classic
Tournament
North (W) 62-48 1-0    
    11/26 Tuesday 7:00PM Desert Vista (L) 28-68 1-1    
    11/27 Wednesday 7:00PM Queen Creek (L) 33-49 1-2    
    11/29 Friday 7:00PM Palo Verde (W) 59-56 2-2    
    11/30 Saturday 7:00PM Amphitheatre (W) 69-31 3-2    
    DECEMBER DAY TIME LOCATION OPPONENT RESULT RECORD    
    12/05 Thursday 7:00PM Home Casa Grande (W) 69-31 4-2    
    12/06 Friday 7:00PM Away Ironwood Ridge Tucson (L) 50-51 4-3    
    12/10 Tuesday 7:00PM Home Marcos de Niza (W) 68-57 5-3    
    12/12 Thursday 7:00PM Home Mountain Pointe (L) 47-60 5-4    
    12/16 Monday 7:00PM Home Mountain View Tucson (W) 90-58 6-4    
    12/19 Thursday 7:00PM Home Red Mountain (L) 37-40 6-5    
    12/26 Thursday 1:00PM McClintock
Holiday
Classic
Tempe (W) 75-71 7-5    
    12/27 Friday 4:00PM Desert Ridge (L) 56-63 7-6    
    12/28 Saturday 10:00AM Mountain Pointe (L) 48-62 7-7    
    JANUARY DAY TIME LOCATION OPPONENT RESULT RECORD    
    01/07 Tuesday 7:00PM Away Skyline (W) 68-56 8-7    
    01/10 Friday 7:00PM Home Perry (L) 42-54 8-8    
    01/14 Tuesday 7:00PM Away Westwood (W) 59-45 9-8    
    01/17 Friday 7:00PM Away Hamilton (L) 38-43 9-9    
    01/21 Tuesday 7:00PM Home Mesquite (L) 51-52 9-10    
    01/23 Thursday 7:00PM Away Corona del Sol (L) 40-73 9-11    
    01/24 Friday 7:00PM Away Cibola Yuma (W) 67-32 10-11    
    01/28 Tuesday 7:00PM Home Gilbert (L) 64-77 10-12    
    01/30 Thursday 7:00PM Away Chandler (L) 54-57 10-13    
    FEBRUARY DAY TIME LOCATION OPPONENT RESULT RECORD    
    02/03 Monday 7:00PM Away Desert Ridge (L) 59-60 10-14    
    02/05 Wednesday 7:00PM Away Highland (L) 50-55 10-15    
    02/07 Friday 7:00PM Home Desert Vista (L) 52-72 10-16    
 

2013-2014 GAME RECAPS

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basha halts Tempe High winning streak at nine
By Les Willsey - aia365.com

Dec 26, 2013 - First-year head coaches usually savor a victory or two in that inaugural season. The one Basha and Mike Grothaus picked up Thursday afternoon vs. Tempe High likely qualifies as one.

Basha made plays when it counted in the final couple minutes to knock Tempe High from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 75-71 victory in the first round of the annual McClintock Holiday Shootout at Doc Zinke Gym.

Basha (7-5) started fast in the opening period, leading 22-14. The Bears lost that lead quickly in the opening two-plus minutes of the second period, trailing nearly the rest of the way until the game's final minute. A tough reverse lay up by Nathan Markovich with just under two minutes left pulled Basha within 69-68.

The Bears stopped Tempe on its next possession and called time with 1:37 to play. Basha worked the ball around with Markovich ending up handling it and drawing defenders near the right side of the key. Markovich whipped a pass to the left baseline corner to Chris Ahern. Ahern got a great look and sank a 3 with 1:10 left to give Basha its first lead since midway through the second (71-69) -- a lead it wouldn't lose in the final minute.

Tempe (9-1), which competes in Division II and has dominated foes in the D-II ranks, missed a couple shots in the final minute with chances to tie.. Markovich and teammate Klay Stall made two free throws each in the final 42 seconds to close it out. Basha outscored Tempe, 25-15, in the fourth quarter.

"We've got a lot of young guys who are working very hard," Grothaus said. "We're been in a lot of close games. They're a lot of fun to work with even though they don't always to the right thing. That's part of the learning. They are starting to learn if you're tough enough you can compete. We got a great effort today."

Markovich, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, carried a large load offensively in this one. He finished with a season-high 28 points -- about three times his average. Markovich was joined in the starting lineup by three sophomores (6-8 center Stall, 6-8 forward Devin Kirby and guard Nick Brewer) Two of the first players off the bench are juniors -- Ahern one of them. Stall scored six of his 14 points in the final period and Kirby delivered his six points in the first half.

It was a bittersweet win for Grothaus, who got the best of one of his high school coaches when he played at Gilbert at the beginning of the decade. Tempe High coach Tom Saltzstein coached Grothaus as a youngster coming through Tom Bennett's program at Gilbert. Bennett was in the stands watching two of his former players from the 2003 state title team -- Grothaus and one of Grothaus' assistants, Tommy Hambicki, coach up the Bears.

Tempe showed glimpses of the fire and fast-break game the defines them, but had a hard time keeping it going. They couldn't put away Basha with six and eight-point leads most of the final period. Tempe had four players score in double figures -- Delano Jones (19), Emanuel Gant (16), Kalun White (11) and A.D. Hart (10).
   
 

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BASHA BEARS COACHING STAFF 2013-14

 
       
 


Mike Grothaus
Varsity Head Coach

Coach Grothaus enters his second season as the head basketball coach of the Basha Bears. Prior to coming to Basha Coach Grothaus was the top assistant coach for Sam Ballard and the Thunderbirds of Mesa Community College. In his 5 years there he was responsible for recruiting, scouting, game preparation, practice planning and strength and conditioning. During the 2009-10 season the Thunderbirds held an overall record of 25-7 and 19-3 in the ACCAC. They were crowned Region I champs and would eventually fall to College of Eastern Utah in the District I Championship.

As a player coach Grothaus played 3 years at Grand Canyon University and 1 year at Jamestown College. His senior year they were Pacific West Champions and made it to the second round of the Nation Tournament. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Master’s degree in Secondary Education.

In high school Coach Grothaus played for legendary coach Tom Bennett. In 2003 his team went 31-3 and won the state championship defeating Desert Vista 56-51. Coach Grothaus was married April 12, 2013 to Vanessa Grothaus.
 
 
       
 
Doug Smith
Assistant Varsity Coach
Coach Smith (born September 17, 1969, in Detroit, Michigan) was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1991 NBA draft. Smith was a four-year starter at the University of Missouri where he saw his numbers, across the board, rise each season from 11.3 points per game as a freshman to 23.6 ppg his senior year. He joined Danny Manning and Wayman Tisdale as only the third player in Big Eight history to score more than 2000 points and grab 1000 rebounds in a career. Smith finished second all-time in scoring for the University of Missouri and was the Big Eight’s Player-of-the-Year in 1990 and 1991. The conference named him their male Athlete-of-the-Year in 1991 and he was a two-time post-season tournament MVP.

With those credentials, the Dallas Mavericks took Smith in the first round (sixth overall) of the 1991 NBA draft. He played for the Mavs for four seasons, appearing in 279 games, and posting his best numbers in his second year averaging 10.4 ppg and 5.4 RPG. He finished his NBA career with the Boston Celtics, appearing in 17 games during the 1995-1996 season. Doug Smith also played for the US national team in the 1990 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.

Smith’s alma mater honored him by electing him to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 and retiring his number 34 - only the fifth player in Missouri history to earn that honor. Coach Grothaus says “Coach Smith’s basketball resume as a player is better than anyone in the state of Arizona. He is a great asset to our program and will have great influence over all three levels.”
 
       
 
Tommy Hambicki
Junior Varsity Head Coach
Basketball has been a passion for Coach Hambicki from a young age. He played for Gilbert High School and won the state title in 2003 with Coach Grothaus. 16 days after the championship Coach Hambicki was in a motor vehicle accident dislocating his spine and paralyzing him. Realizing life is a blessing and with the support of friends and family he began coaching that next season for GHS as an assistant. He then started an AAU club team that he coached for 6 years traveling and developing players. During those 6 years he also worked at Highland High School as Varsity Assistant and one year as Head JV coach under Coach Jon Shaw.

He then moved to Mesquite High School where he worked as an assistant for Coach Tom Saltzstein for a couple years. In 2011 Coach Hambicki left his career in coaching to play for the University of Texas-Arlington Wheelchair Basketball team for 2 years. During his second year he suffered from some serious health issues that brought him back to Arizona to fully recover. Not being able to stay away from his passion of basketball, he has recently joined the Phoenix Suns wheelchair basketball team as well as joining the Basha Bear Family and serving as an Assistant for the programs Head Coach and his best friend, Mike Grothaus.

Coach Grothaus says “Coach Hambicki is a great addition to our staff; we have been the best of friends since we were 12 years old. We won a state championship together in high school as players and will look to do so as coaches. His basketball knowledge and experience will be heavily relied upon as we establish our program.”
 
       
 

Marques Reischl
Freshman Head Coach
Coach Grothaus says “When Coach Reischl came back to Basha to coach football, numerous administrators and coaches told me I needed to have him on my staff. They were right, Coach Reischl is an excellent teacher and an even better person, I am extremely excited to watch him coach our Freshmen group.”

Coach Reischl is originally from Tombstone, AZ where he attended Tombstone High School. He then attended Western New Mexico University and played football, basketball and tennis at the university.

 After his college career was completed he played two years of Arena Football. He then coached football at Western New Mexico University for 6 years. Coach Reischl has been at Basha High School since 2010. He has coached Football, Basketball and Baseball at the school.

Coach Reischl’s wife Meredith coaches softball and volleyball at Basha and they have two daughters Marlei and Magnahni.
 
 

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