2015-2016 VARSITY ROSTER
2015-2016 JUNIOR VARSITY ROSTER
2015-2016 FRESHMAN ROSTER
2015-2016 BASHA BEARS VARSITY SCHEDULE
|11/23||Monday||6:30PM||Sandra Day O'Connor||(W) 68-52||1-0|
|12/08||Tuesday||7:00PM||Home||Mountain View Mesa||(W) 69-63||8-0|
|12/18||Friday||1:00PM||Chaparral HS||Salesian, CA (HoopHall Tourney)||(W) 58-55||11-0|
|12/28||Monday||4:00PM||Federal Way (WA)||(L) 41-57||11-1|
|12/30||Wednesday||5:30PM||Mountain Ridge||(W) 55-47||13-1|
|12/31||Thursday||10:00AM||Archbishop Wood (PA)||(L) 50-53||13-2|
|01/05||Tuesday||7:00PM||Away||Red Mountain||(W) 52-34||14-2|
|01/20||Wednesday||7:00PM||Away||Corona del Sol||(L) 59-62||16-4|
|01/27||Wednesday||7:00PM||Away||Mountain Pointe||(L) 53-55||17-5|
|01/29||Friday||7:00PM||Home||Desert Vista||(W) 66-49||18-5|
|02/09||Tuesday||7:00PM||Home||St. Mary's||(L) 45-49||20-6|
|02/11||Thursday||7:00PM||Away||Brophy Prep||(W) 56-37||21-6|
|02/20||Saturday||7:00PM||Home||Boulder Creek||(W) 68-45||22-6|
|02/24||Wednesday||4:15PM||Wells Fargo||Pinnacle||(W) 60-53||23-6|
2015-2016 PLAYER STATS
Per Game Averages
2015-2016 GAME RECAPS
Quarterfinal recap - Basha 55, Pinnacle 35
The third-seeded Bears sent the No. 22 Pioneers packing with a 26-10 edge
in the final period to reach the semifinals for the second time in school
history. Basha (23-6) plays next on Friday (Feb. 26) at 6:15 p.m. at Grand
Canyon University against the Mesa, a 60-53 winner over St. Mary's.
Corona del Sol beats back Basha rally
Basha overwhelms Red Mountain, 52-34
Basha outlasts Mountain View, 69-63
Basha continued its unbeaten ways Tuesday night and did so in what has been typical fashion thus far.
The Bears used their early-season experience in tight games to post a 69-63 victory over Mesa Mountain View in a Division I game at Basha.
"I told our guys going against a program like Mountain View and Coach (Gary) Ernst) it would take 32 minutes,," Basha coach Mike Grothaus said. "Twenty-eight minutes, 29 won't get it. We played hard the whole way. The thing I like about us is how gritty and competitive we are. We didn't get rattled or lose our composure down the stretch."
Basha, which is playing this season without standout Klay Stall (out for the year due to knee surgery), improved to 8-0. The Bears had four players score in double figures -- Antwan Ross-Jones (21), Devin Kirby (13), Terrel Brown (11) and Austin Picarello (11). Basha made 15 of 17 free throws -- 13-of 13 in the final quarter. Mountain View fell to 2-1
Basha took Grothaus' words to heart from the opening tip, breaking out to a 19-4 lead after the first eight minutes. A combined three 3s in the quarter from Kirby and Ross-Jones served to create a 8-0 run to begin the quarter and forced Ernst to resort to two timeouts to try to slow the Bears. Mountain View's 1-for-13 shooting effort from the field in the quarter didn't help matters.
But as Grothaus expected, Mountain View didn't fade away. The Toros pulled within four in the second period (23-19) as their offense revolved almost exclusively from senior guard Tommy Kuhse and senior forward Zane Zowaiszas. They combined for 16 of Mountain View's 19 points in the first half that ended with Basha up 27-19. Kuhse led Mountain View with 18 points, Zowaiszas added 13 and Jayton Brown 11 -- all in the second half.
Kuhse scored six points in the third period and got assistance from four teammates in the quarter as the Toros shaved the deficit to 44-41 heading to the final period. Basha managed a 50-45 lead with 5:09 left, but over the next 2 1/2 minutes committed four turnovers and scored just two points. Mountain View's 9-2 run in that interval landed it the lead, 54-52, on a 3-point shot by Matt Clark with 2:35 left.
But Basha turned the tables using an 8-0 burst (six free throws and a steal and layup by Terrell Brown) to go back in front, 60-54, with 1:26 to go. Basha was perfect from the line in the final 2:29 to take and maintain the lead to the finish.
"It's hard to win when you fall behind as much as we did early," Ernst said. "We did a good job battling back, but didn't play well the last couple minutes. We had some missed opportunities, and against a good team you can't afford that."
Three of Basha's first seven wins were by four points or less and Grothaus felt those experiences were helpful in outlasting Mountain View.
"We've been in close games already a few times and so far we've responded well in those," Grothaus said.
BASHA BEARS COACHING STAFF 2015-16
Coach Grothaus enters his third 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
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.
This is Coach McCabe's second year being a
member of Coach Grothaus staff and he couldn't be more excited to be here.
Coach McCabe has known Coach Grothaus for nearly 20 years. Coach McCabe
and Coach Grothaus grew up playing for all of the same coaches and feel
they have a mutual vision for the principles and system they teach.
This is Coach Schiche’s first year as a member of
Coach Grothaus’ staff. He is excited to be a part of the staff and
contribute in any way he can. He originally grew up in Wyoming playing
basketball, football, and soccer all 4 years of high school.
Junior Varsity Head 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.”
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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