The Bradshaw Mountain Bears needed all three of their home wins this past week to keep them in the Division II basketball playoff hunt.
Illustrating a team needs only a single point to win, the Bears triumphed over Moon Valley 48-47 Tuesday, then made sure
Mingus Union came out on the short end 54-53 on Thursday.
Friday's Senior Night was not so dramatic, as Bradshaw downed Camp Verde 66-58.
In the week's first game, the Bears built an 18-7 first quarter lead, and increased it to 30-15 at the half. They were up 40-20 after three quarters of play, but had to scramble to pull out the win when the Rockets fired their afterburners in the fourth.
Christian McKay was high scorer for the Bears with 13 points, while Lucas Herman was perfect at the charity stripe for half a dozen on his way to 8 points.
Thursday, Mingus led by 11 points headed into the final quarter, but Anthony Biasetti helped the Bears fend off the Marauders when he poured on 12 of his night's 18 points in the fourth.
Biasetti also had 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Skylor Clinton recorded a double double with his dozen points and 10 rebounds. D.J. Gonzales added 11 points and 7 boards.
Bradshaw held a 31-27 lead over Camp Verde after the first half, which the Cowboys closed to 31-30 at the start of the third quarter.
But the Bears' seniors weren't about to let the final home game of their prep careers slip away. Anthony Biasetti and Tyler Inglehart led their squad with 15 and 14 points, respectively, while Christian McKay contributed 12 points for the victory.
"We lean on all of the seniors but Inglehart and Biasetti are probably our team leaders," Bradshaw coach Doug Bielfuss said, adding, "We have a good group of seniors."
The Bears take to the road for their final two regular season games - today at Phoenix Barry Goldwater and Friday at Cottonwood Mingus. Double wins still could put Bradshaw (No. 27) in playoff contention among the top 24 teams in Div. II.
Beilfuss said northern area coaches can't figure out how teams are ranked in the AIA system, which seems to favor Phoenix schools.
"It doesn't make mathematical sense and neither does their formula, which is why they've changed it every year," he said of the AIA Seedings powered by MaxPreps, based on a 2005 research paper.
"We had a 17-2 record last year and didn't get a home playoff game. If we go 14-4 this year, we still might not make the playoffs."
Beilfuss said the school just learned about the next year's grouping.
"They put us, Prescott, Cottonwood and Flagstaff in a section with Yuma, after six Phoenix schools petitioned out and they let them," he said.