WINS CHAMPIONSHIP - 02/28/17
by Les Willsey, AZPreps365
Terrell Brown got early rest in Tuesday night's 6A boys basketball title
game as he went to the Basha bench with two fouls. When he returned in the
second period he was loaded for bear -- or was it Aztec.
Brown reeled off 11 points of a 13-0 Basha run before halftime and
combined with hard-nosed, team defense throughout keyed the second-seeded
Bears' eventual 75-65 victory over top-seeded Corona del Sol at Grand
Canyon University. The title is the first boys team championship in the
school's 15-year history.
Basha notched its 30th win of the season against only one loss in its
fourth season under coach Mike Grothaus. The Bears have progressed in wins
(10-19-23-30) and state tournament longevity each year under Grothaus.
Corona (26-4), was shooting for its ninth state title and competing in its
14th championship game in four decades the school has been open.
"Defense and rebounding, that's our calling card,' Grothaus, who played
for a state title team at Gilbert High in 2003, said. "(Corona) has two
great players and we have five great defenders. Brennen Davis was
tremendous defending Saben Lee. And Brown, that's what he does. We got
contributions from everyone. It's all about team."
Brown, who took a seat in the final minute of the first period, missed
five minutes of action before returning with under four minutes left in
the second period. Corona led at that point, 28-26, but a basket by Brown
tied things at 28 with 3:05 to the half. About 90 seconds later, Brown
calmly buried three, 3-point shots on successive trips down the floor and
the Bears' lead was 37-28. They took a 39-30 advantage to intermission.
Alex Barcello did all he could in helping Corona lead more of the first
half than not. The University of Arizona -bound senior poured in 18
first-half points on 6 of 8 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 free
throws. But Brown's heroics in the final minutes of the second quarter
combined with first-half, offensive domination inside by senior forward
Gabe McGlothan (12 points) were the impetus to the victory. Brown led
Basha with 23 points and McGlothan added 21 points and game-high 11
rebounds. Combined they were 17 of 25 shooting from the field
Corona del Sol made a run at Basha in the third period, narrowing the
deficit to four late in the third period. It was a two-possession game
heading to the final stanza. Coleson Struh's only points of the game -- a
three to open the fourth period -- pushed the lead to nine. One more run
keyed by Brown and McGlothan, both of whom played with four fouls much of
or all the final period, essentially put Corona away. Basha guard Austin
Picarello made sure making 9 of 10 free throws in the final 2:07 and
finished with 11 points.
Corona del Sol coach Neil MacDonald gave credit where it was due without
"We missed shots, but they made us miss shots," MacDonald said. "It was a
privilege to play in this game, and we gave it all we had. The shots Brown
made, especially those three 3s hurt. But we got out of that hole. Got
within a possession and then couldn't get over that hump."
McGlothan seconded MacDonald's comment.
"I can't say enough about our defense," McGlothan said. "Brennan Davis,
Terrell Brown. It took us a litlte while to get our feet under us. The
defense was there all the time."
Barcello closed out a fabulous, four-year career at Corona with two state
titles and three title game appearances with a game-high 25 points and
team-high eight rebounds along with Lee. Barcello was not as effective in
the second half, hitting just 3 of 11 shots.
Lee, the other half of Corona's 1-2 punch this season and headed to
Vanderbilt, finished with 19 points. Eleven were scored in the final 2 1/2
minutes when the outcome was no longer in doubt. Lee was 2 of 8 from the
field with eight points through the first three quarters.
State Tournament - Round 2 - 02/18/2017
Basha 68 - Desert Ridge 40
By Les Willsey Staff Writer, AZPreps365.com
When Basha and Desert Ridge played early this season, the Bears needed a
buzzer-beater to prevail. In their 6A quarterfinal matchup on Saturday
night, the game was over long before that.
No. 2 Basha, led by Terrell Brown's 25 points, opened up a double-digit
lead after one quarter and never looked back in dismantling No. 10 Desert
Ridge, 68-40, at Basha High.
Basha (28-1) returns to the big-school semifinals for the second
consecutive season. The Bears take on No. 3 Desert Vista, a 59-53 winner
over Brophy Prep. Basha and Brophy meet Thursday Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at Gila
River Arena. That game will be followed at 7:30 by No. 1 Corona del Sol
against No. 4 Cesar Chavez. They won their quarterfinal games over
Westview and Pinnacle, respectively.
Basha, which edged Desert Ridge 34-33 in what Bears coach Mike Grothaus
described as an "ugly game' on Dec. 2, took more pride in this triumph.
"Our guys came out and played great," Grothaus said. "Very proud of them.
We got after it defensively right away, hit some shots and shared the
ball. That's the way we like to play."
Basha connected on 8 of 13 shots in the first quarter, including a perfect
5-for-5 from 3-point range in amassing a 21-10 lead. Brown, the NAU-bound
football and basketball standout, scored eight points in the first quarter
and sank two of the threes. Austin Picarello, Coleson Struhs and Amari
Hudson added one 3 apiece. Brown made 9 of 11 shots from the field for the
game - four of them threes. He was active on the offensive glass as well
with a trio of putbacks.
Basha used a 20-8 edge in the second quarter to build its lead to 41-18.
Brown scored 11 points in the period and forward Gabe McGlothan six of his
13 points for the night. Brennan Davis chipped in 10 points for Basha
(eight in the third period).
Desert Ridge (14-15), led this season by senior guard Keith Holmes and
forwards Jalen and Jason Harris, saw Holmes get untracked with eight
points in the first period. The Harris's (6-foot-5 senior Jalen and 6-8
freshman Jason, struggled. They both left two minutes apart in the third
period with their fourth fouls, but by then the game was out of hand.
Jason Harris finished with 5 points and Jalen with two.
The Harris's were defended well in the first period and by late in the
quarter and early in the second were in foul trouble. Each had three fouls
and sat for more than half the second quarter. They combined for two
points in the first half.
"They were making everything, and we couldn't find the basket," Desert
Ridge coach Greg Ream said. "I think we had them 7 of 10 from 3-point
range in the first half. They've improved a ton since we played them the
first time. They beat our behinds on the boards. We had no rhythm on
offense. Hats off to them. They're a great team."
State Tournament - Round 1 - 02/15/2017
Basha 62 - Mesa 45
By Chelsea Zillner, Tribune Contributing Writer
A year ago, the Basha boys basketball found itself on the losing end of
the state semifinal game to Mesa.
The second-seeded Bears avenged their loss Wednesday, beating Mesa 62-45
in the first round of the 6A state tournament, behind the stellar
performance of senior Gabe McGlothan.
The Bears (27-1) had to win it down that stretch against the defending
After starting the fourth quarter on a 6-2 run, Mesa pulled within two
with just over five minutes to play.
Instead of panicking, McGlothan and company returned to the game plan.
“Play our game and defend,” McGlothan said. “We had a chip on our shoulder
coming in to tonight, we knew to be the best we had to beat the best.”
Basha locked in and played championship defense, led by a Terrell Brown
steal that led to a thunderous dunk by McGlothan with four minutes to go.
A three-pointer by Coleson Struhs sealed the deal for Basha, pushing the
lead to double digits.
Fouls plagued the Jackrabbits down the stretch, allowing Basha to pull
away in the final minutes.
McGlothan led the way for the Bears with a 17-point, 13-rebound effort in
front of a rowdy Basha crowd.
Basha, which will host No. 10 Desert Ridge on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.,
started slow. That allowed the Jackrabbits (19-9) kept it close in the
first half, taking only a one-point, 30-29 lead into intermission.
Mesa’s full-court press helped force six first-half turnovers. Bears coach
Mike Grothaus made adjustments to eliminate costly turnovers and poor
“We needed to be better on defense,” Grothaus said. “The turnovers early
bothered us a little; I think once we locked in defensively we were really
able to take control.”
Take control, they did.
The Bears began the second half with an 8-0 run. Mesa kept the game
close, responding with a 6-0 run of their own late in the third quarter. A
pair of free throws put the Bears up by six entering the fourth quarter.
Mesa ended its season without getting out of the first round after
winning it all a year ago. Junior guard Mark Hatch led the way for Mesa
with 15 points, while sophomore Zach Hobbs chipped in 12 points, including
2 for 3 behind the arc.
While it may have not been the outcome Mesa coach Shane Burcar had
hoped for, he couldn’t be more proud of his seniors and optimistic for the
future of Mesa basketball.
“We are proud to be a part of Mesa basketball,” he said. “Our seniors
had a great career. We want our young guys to remember this feeling, and
stick together; it’s about loyalty.”
Basha’s undefeated record is a
good start, but team wants more
01/08/17 - Terrell Brown was hitting shots
from all over the court, Gabe McGlothan was owning the block and the Basha
boys basketball team was in a groove that started somewhere around the
first tip-off the season.
And yet coach Michael Grothaus called a timeout while the Bears were in
the midst of another surge against a quality opponent, about to pull away.
Usually, it’s the coach of the team that is letting the game slip away
calling for a stop in play to try and break momentum and readjust what’s
happening on the floor.
Game # 25 - 01/27/2017
Basha 50 - Hamilton 34
Richard Obert , azcentral sports
With Terrell Brown defending, Gabe McGlothan rebounding, Bryan Baptiste
dribbling, and Coleson Struhs knocking down 3-pointers, Chandler Basha
doesn't appear to have a weakness.
Until they start wanting to make highlight plays.
Coach Mike Grothaus got on his players during a timeout, barking out,
"Stop being highlight heroes," feeling points were being left on the
Basha, the No.1-ranked boys basketball team in the 6A Conference since
preseason, finally put away host Chandler Hamilton in the second and third
quarters and clinched the Premier Region championship with a 50-34 victory
on Friday night.
This is the first time Basha has ever been undefeated this deep into a
At 25-0, why stop now?
The Bears, 7-0 in the section, has just two games left in the regular
season, finishing with Scottsdale Desert Mountain and Gilbert Perry,
before they can start thinking about correcting the way things ended last
year, losing in the state semifinals.
"Everyone just wants to win state," said McGlothan, who once again was a
beast on the boards. "Everybody is striving for that."
Hamilton (16-7, 3-3) held its own in the opening eight minutes and led
18-14 in the first minute of the second quarter, before Basha went on a
14-0 run that included a steal and dunk by Brown.
Brown closed the half with a 3-pointer that gave Basha a 31-22 lead.
Brown, who had 10 points, drew the defensive assignment against Hamilton's
best player, 6-foot-5 guard Rashad Smith.
Smith, who came into the game averaging 15 points, had just three points
before Brown's evening was over with Basha building a 46-24 lead.
Smith scored eight points in the final 2:20 with Brown on the bench.
Hamilton was held to just two third-quarter points.
"He's a really good player," Brown said. "We're real good friends.
"I was trying to stay a little closer so he wouldn't pull up for a 3. And
I wouldn't let him get by me."
Baptiste's ability to break down Hamilton's defense off the dribble helped
set up Struhs from the outside. Struhs made four 3-pointers and finished
with 14 points.
Basha's biggest challenge in section has come against Phoenix Brophy Prep,
winning both meetings, one of those at Brophy in overtime.
The goal is to finish it off in the regular season and head into state
with momentum and a defensive mindset while continuing to share the ball.
"We don't look at what we've done in the past," Grothaus said. "We're
continuing to get better. We want to be playing our best basketball in the
Game # 19 - 01/06/2017
Basha 44 - Hamilton 32
by Les Willsey, AZPreps365
Terrell Brown was in and out of Basha's lineup Friday night as the
progression of fouls he accumulated limited him in a stretch of the first
half and early in the final period.
But when Brown was on the court, the Bears had the spark they needed to
turn back upset-minded Hamilton.
Brown and Basha capitalized on turnovers and baskets in transition late to
overcome Hamilton, 44-32, in a 6A Premier Region game at Basha High.
Basha remained unbeaten at 19-0 overall and 2-0 in region with defense as
usual serving it well. The Bears shot poorly most of the game -- 26
percent for better than three quarters. They outscored Hamilton 24-6 in
the second half. Still the game was up for grabs before two late buckets
by Brown in the final two minutes provided separation.
"Terrell didn't miss a minute in our last game, never came off the court,"
Basha coach Mike Grothaus said of the Bears Wednesday OT win over Brophy
Prep. "Tonight he got a couple quick ones and had to come out. Then we had
to sit him in the fourth. You take the good with the bad. He made plays
when we needed them.
"We didn't shoot well, and some of that was their zone. Our defense
allowed us to overcome."
Basha, which jumped out to a 9-0 lead three minutes into the game, found
itself trailing 15-12 after the first quarter. Hamilton's run came mostly
with Brown on the bench with two fouls. The deficit was courtesy primarily
of the Huskies Rashad Smith, who tallied 11 of Hamilton's points in the
quarter. Smith scored 15 points in the first half and finished with 17.
When Brown, who led Basha with 17 points, re-entered in the second quarter
Basha trailed 19-12. He proceeded to score eight of his 10 first-half
points -- all of Basha's points in the quarter. The Bears shaved the lead
to 21-20, but ended up down 26-20 at intermission.
Neither team got into transition in the third period and it was a
half-court game that period. Hamilton (12-5,0-2 region) nursed a 30-27
advantage to the final quarter.
Basha's Gabe McGlothan, who scored only four points ithe first three
quarters, emerged offensively to put the Bears ahead with back-to-back
hoops. A putback and 15-foot-jumper put Basha ahead to stay 31-30 with 510
left. McGlothan finished with 10 points.
Three minutes later Basha's lead was still one (33-32), but the Bears
produced an 11-0 run the final 2:08 . It started with a turnover at
halfcourt via trap with Brown finishing with a layup. Brown followed 20
seconds later with a steal at midcourt and buried a one-handed jam for
waht turned out to be a three-point play with 1:45 to go.
Game # 17 - 12/30/2016
Basha 75 - Apollo 44
By Jason P. Skoda, East Valley Tribune Prep
If the Basha boys basketball team had a superiority complex brewing after
yet another blowout win on Friday night, it wasn’t showing on the surface.
The Bears downplayed a very impressive 75-44 win over Apollo on the final
day of the VisitMesa Basketball Challenge at Mountain View.
“As far as I know there are no awards given for being 17-0 in December,”
Basha coach Mike Grothaus said. “We have a long way to go.”
He’s got a point, but it’s just not the 17 straight wins to start the
year. It’s the way Basha is going about it that’s even more impressive.
The Bears are blowing away most opponents – winning by an average of 16
points – with their foundation (defense) and unselfishness on the
offensive side of things has them looking like the 6A Conference favorite.
“We are doing whatever it takes on both ends of the court,” senior post
Gabe McGlothan said. “We are playing as one and no one is putting
themselves ahead the team.”
But they are seemingly putting themselves a level about the rest of the
state, especially after thrashing 14-3 Apollo, which had been one of the
other top teams through the first six weeks.
Terrell Brown was the offensive force in this one as he scored 17 of his
game-high 33 points in the first half and nearly outscored the Hawks
“They are tough team with really good guards,” Brown said. “We played team
basketball on defense and shut them down. We had been practicing that zone
offense for a while and when I get in the middle I can do a lot of things,
and it was the chance to score in this game.”
Brown, who was 15 of 23 from the field, also had seven rebounds and was
backed by McGlothan, who had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
The Bears led 34-29 at the half on 64 percent shooting from the floor, and
nearly matched it in the second half to go on a 19-4 run in the first 10
minutes for a 53-33 lead.
The defense slowed Apollo’s terrific guards as Holland Woods finished with
19, and Dre Martain had 12 on 4 of 15 shooting.
“We are playing really well right now,” Grothaus said. “You never expect
to play a team like Apollo and get a lead that big and keep it there
almost the entire second half, but it’s a good way to end the a great
Game # 14 - 12/27/2016
Basha 50 - Mountain View 45
By Jeffery Edgington, Special to Tribune
Terrell Brown, Brennen Davis, and Gabe McGlothlan got more assertive in
the second-half and top-ranked Basha pulled out a road victory at Mountain
The first half wasn't as easygoing. As always it was difficult for the
opposition to get in a rhythm in Toro Country.
Coach Gary Ernst had his Toros prepared for the Visit Mesa Basketball
Basha only lead 22-21 at recess and was wondering why they couldn't
generate much offense. Coach Grothaus wanted them to attack more.
"Just needed to attack a bit more. Gary(Ernst) always has a good gritty
team. We had to earn this," added Grothaus.
They did just that. Brown & Davis were getting to the hoop in the final
half. But inside account was for another day.
The game-changed though with Coleson Struhs ability to knock down the
three. He hit six and had 22 points overall.
Toros senior guard Nick Sessions kept the home crowd in the contest with
18. Mountain View (7-3) battled for the first 20 minutes.
Struhs was too much to overcome and it never got within 5.
"Its easier to play with my teammates opening that outside shot. We are
clicking pretty well and we love getting to mix it up with out-of-state
competition. The Bears get Alta from Utah next and Salpointe Catholic
The Bears improved to 14-0. They feel as confident but grasp the room for
Game # 11 - 12/10/2016
Basha 71 - Moreau Catholic 56
Top-ranked 6A Basha never trailed and led by as much as 18 in a 71-56 rout
of Moreau Catholic, as senior guard Terrell Brown came away with MVP
honors with 25 points, seven steals, seven assists and five rebounds.
Senior forward Gabe McGlothan, who was MVP of his team's win Friday
against Lake Oswego, added 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Basha relies heavily on those two leaders but have talented role players
around them, making for a devastating seven-man rotation that includes the
son of ex-Diamondbacks pitcher Omar Daal, Nico Daal, who chipped in
Saturday with nine points.
"They were are leading scorers from last year and both having better
senior years," coach Mike Grothaus said of Brown and McGlothan.
Game # 7 - 12/01/2016
Basha 72 - Cesar Chavez 60
KO's Cesar Chavez
December 1, 2016 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365
An ample helping of post-up game accented by solid perimeter shooting was
the recipe for Basha's boys basketball team to reel off its seventh
straight victory Thursday night against Cesar Chavez.
Four players scored in double figures as Basha turned back Cesar Chavez,
72-60, in a 6A contest at Basha High. Basha, which won the Salpointe
Tip-Off Classic going 5-0 last week, has added two power-ranking wins in
three days. Chavez dropped to 5-2. The Champions were runners-up to
Chaparral in the Paradise Valley Invitational last week.
Senior forward-post Gabe McGlothan handled the offense in the paint with a
team-high 19 points and continued his early-season average of a
double-double (scoring and rebounding). Teammates Terrell Brown (17
points), Bryan Baptiste (11 points) and Nico Daal (10 points) supplied
most of the the long-range stuff. Austin Picarello wasn't far from making
it five in double figures, finishing with eight points.
Seven of the eight players that saw solid minutes for Basha Thursday
played on last year's big-school semifinalist. They are charged with
aiding a return to that level or better this year.
"We're doing a lot of good things to start," Basha coach Mike Grothaus
said. "These guys have played together for awhile. They share the ball
well. I think you saw that tonight. But we have some improvement to make,
McGlothan connected on 9 of 14 shots and only one was from the perimeter.
Brown, Daal, Baptiste and Picarello combined for eight threes -- four in
each half. Basha led comfortably throughout the game. The Bears led by
five after the first quarter, 14 at the half and 17 after three quarters.
Cesar Chavez made one mild run at the lead midway through the final
period. The Champions pared a 17-point lead to 59-49 with 5:20 left. A
quick five points (a Daal 3 and McGlothan dunk) bumped the margin to 15
with less than four minutes left. That closed the brief opening.
Chavez was limited to basically a two-man game all evening. Two of its top
players didn't dress. Starting center Demond Hart, a 6-foot-7 senior,
lasted less than a quarter. He was assigned to guard McGlothan. After some
chippy play in the opening quarter that earned him a warning from game
officials, Hart was disqualified with two technicals with 1:13 left in the
first period. He scored four points before exiting.
Without Hart, Chavez's scoring was nearly all junior guard Michael Rogers
and senior guard Donald Carter. Rogers netted a game-high 31 points with
his persistence and power taking him to the hole for most of his points.
Carter's exceptional quickness did the same as he checked in with 19
Game # 4 - 11/25/2016
Basha 57 - Salpointe 30
Basha will face Catalina Foothills in the championship game thanks to a
57-30 win over Salpointe in the other semifinal game. The Lancers led 7-2
early but the Bears erased that lead quickly. Terrell Brown had 16 points
and Gabe McGlothan added 10 for Basha. Rylan O’Brien scored nine to lead
Salpointe. Majok Deng scored eight points.
BASHA WINS SALPOINTE CHAMPIONSHIP - Basha defeated Catalina Hills
52-42 on Saturday and won the 2016 Salpointe Tip Off Championship.