By: Jordan Knight
Despite a valiant effort on Saturday night, the Basha Bears were eliminated from the playoffs #3 Mesa Mountain View 48-38.
The Bears dominated the first quarter, much like they had against Highland in the first round. They opened up a quick 14-7 lead behind Klay Stall’s strong play in the paint. The Toros defensive interior struggled with Stall’s strength and size.
The Basha defense was destructive, and once Antwan Ross got into the game, the Bears began to force turnovers and get easy buckets.
In the second quarter, Mountain View adjusted and installed a full court press that made the game sloppy. Basha struggled to adjust let the Toros get back into the game. Mountain View’s David Beecher hit a three at the buzzer to cut Basha’s lead to 24-21 going into the half.
The second half was ugly for the Basha Bears.
The offense went ice cold, and the Toros only allowed three points in the entire third quarter. Basha had trouble controlling the ball, but when they did get an opportunity to get a shot up, nothing was going in.
With the Bears down for the first time entering the fourth quarter, the offense wouldn’t find any life. The Toros continued their run, making the lead as large as 12, and cruised to a 48-38 win at home to move on to the quarterfinals against Gilbert.
Klay Stall finished the game with 12 points, 50% FG, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
The Bears didn’t make a single three point shot.
Basha finishes the season 19-10, and is bringing several players back for the 2015-2016 campaign. Graduating seniors include Chris Ahern, David Perez, and Kendrik Gannon.