GREENVILLE – The Green Wave basketball players have been working hard to improve on a very successful 2013-14 varsity season by putting in long hours weight training while improving shooting and offensive and defensive skills.
“We’re excited to improve on last season … the kids that have been working hard,” Greenville varsity boys basketball coach Michael Bashore said. “We’re really excited about what is happening in Greenville.”
The boys varsity team went 4-0 at the Indiana Wesleyan team shootout and followed that up going 7-1 to win the Findlay team camp last weekend.
“We have gotten off to a real nice start this summer,” Bashore said. “We went to Indiana (Wesleyan) and went 4-0 on the day and our JV went 3-1. Then we went to team camp for a weekend in Findlay, and we went 7-1 during pool play.
“We won both of our (Findlay) tournament games both by over 20 points,” Bashore added. “The kids are playing well.
“I’m lucky we have three kids in Allen Tabler, Clay Guillozet and Aaron Balsbaugh who will be in their third year starting varsity,” Bashore continued. “That helps out a lot with their experience, and we are getting a chance to mix in some young kids this summer, which is going to pay off for us when the season comes around.
“He (guard Allen Tabler) has made a real commitment to get in the weight room,” Bashore said. “He has gotten a lot stronger; he has gotten a lot quicker. He’s the type of kid that has gotten better every year, and from a physical standpoint he has gotten bigger.
“(Isaiah) Gable has done a nice job,” Bashore said. “He gives us something I don’t think we had last year. That’s a third kid that can really just shoot it well from the outside beyond the arc. That’s another added bonus for us this year. We have a third kid who can just kill you from beyond the arc.
“Clay’s (Guillozet) AAU team is doing really well, and then he has been individually doing well,” Bashore said. “In Indiana he carried us. (Aaron) Balsbaugh was at state track so Clay kind of carried us scoring wise. He did the same thing in spurts over the weekend in Findlay.
“Guillozet has gotten better every year,” Bashore continued. “He commits a lot of his time to getting better at basketball. His outside shot has gotten better since last year. It’s funny to say, if it’s possible, he’s gotten better than last year.
“We brought up Kyle Phillips and Aaron Rich, a couple sophomores that saw a little JV time last year,” Bashore said. “We are just trying some different pieces this summer. Those kids that worked really hard towards the end of last year and did some nice things when we left them play some JV.
“We wanted to give them an opportunity to come in and get used to the speed of the game, come in and see what we are about,” Bashore said. “Just get used to the flow of it. It’s a different game coming from JV to varsity, so we wanted to get them as much experience this summer as we could.
“We’re looking forward to Friday night and another chance to get better this summer,” coach Bashore said. “We have a nice mix of guys who have been two-three years on varsity mixed in with a bunch of young kids that have a lot of energy.”
The Greenville varsity boys basketball team will once again compete as a Division I school in the 2014-15 season.