By Gaylen Blosser
June 23, 2014
GREENVILLE — The Greenville varsity basketball team faced off against the Versailles Tigers in a summer scrimmage Friday with the Green Wave winning five of the six 10-minute quarters played.
“I have three leaders in Allen (Tabler), Clay (Guillozet) and Aaron (Balsbaugh),” Greenville head varsity boys basketball coach Michael Bashore said. “They are always hustling on the floor. All three of those guys are really excellent leaders … really good examples for the younger kids.”
“We have four letter winners coming back,” Versailles head varsity boys basketball coach Scott McEldowney said. “Two of those kids played more a sub-type role and one of them was out a good part of the year in Kyle (Ahrens). We have a lot of veterans to replace, a lot of seniors that graduated and a lot of inexperience.”
The Green Wave opened took the first 10-minute period 18-12 while winning the second stanza 15-12.
“When Allen (Tabler) was out there by himself, he got two quick baskets and another steal for another assist,” Bashore said.
“Another kid who has played well all summer is Cody Bird,” Bashore added. “Defensively his effort, his quickness, he is able to guard people, which is something that we may not necessarily had in the past where he can come in and guard some other team’s guard and do a really nice job of wearing them out for us. He’s had a really nice summer for us. He makes nice decisions. He has a high motor, which we like.”
Greenville got its largest margin of victory in the third period with a 14-6 advantage over the visiting Tigers.
“With the three older guys that we have, all the young kids have to do is come in and try to fit in and find their roles,” Bashore said. “What we’ve preached to them, they don’t have to do anything outside of what they are capable of doing because we have other people that can shoulder the load. I think everybody is fitting in well.”
“Our summer is more about me taking a look at what you can do against varsity competition,” McEldowney said. “Do you rebound, do you screen well for us, do you defend well, can you handle the ball, pass the ball, who is ready to make that jump up to that level and fill in for those seniors we lost.”
Versailles put 12 points on the board for the third time in four periods of play while the Wave were putting up 15 points, winning the fourth period 15-12.
“We are really taking a look at what each of them can do at this level,” McEldowney said. “Taking a look at some of the things we wanted to put in and if we think it truly fits our group.”
The Tigers got a one-point 7-6 win over Green Wave in a low scoring fifth period of play.
“We have some good young kids that are really skilled,” McEldowney said. “I thought they did a nice job of running their stuff. We were able to knock down some nice shots. (We) just kind of got hurt a little bit on the boards and getting through screens at times.”
“I thought our younger kids did a lot better tonight,” Bashore said. “Aaron Rich played a lot better in spurts. (Kyle) Phillips played better than he had been playing and another we used for the first time, Devin Hendrix. I thought for his first varsity experience he did anything to hurt himself.”
Greenville claimed a one-point 17-16 win in the sixth and final 10 minutes of basketball play.
“I like the way we are gelling,” Bashore said. “I think we have a good group of nine kids here that are playing really well together.”
Seven of the nine Greenville varsity basketball players will be playing for coach Aaron Shaffer and the 2014 Wave football team.
“That (football) helps. Lifting really helps you,” Bashore said. “Look at Allen Tabler, how much bigger he has gotten. I’m sure all the other boys coaches say the same thing and hope their boys lift all year around. It’s good for basketball; it’s good for football; it can be good for baseball.”
This week is the little kids basketball camp at Greenville.