MEET THE 2013-14 TIGERS
Final Regular Season
In Third Varsity Season, Anthony Bryant Leading Way for Talented Gilbert
by Jared Cohen - sports360az.com
For those who have followed Gilbert
Basketball over the years, they have long been known for they ball
movement and spacing on offense that wares on defenses.
In 2013, head coach Jay Caserio has that Gilbert pedigree on display at
it’s fullest in large part because of a Senior point guard quarterbacking
Three year ago after a successful freshman season on the Gilbert freshman
team, Anthony Bryant enrolled in basketball class. It didn’t take long for
Caserio to see the talent and potential in the young guard.
“As a freshman, he played on the freshman team the entire year and it was
evident then that he was a true point guard,” Caserio said. “We got him in
our seventh our basketball class and it didn’t take more than one or two
days to know that he was going to be our point guard for the next three
After teams the last few seasons that have had great leaders with Freddie
Lash two years ago and Connor Helvig last season leading the way, it is
now time for Bryant as a senior to step into that leadership role. Thus
far he is passing with flying colors.
“The first two years I was quiet,” explained Bryant. “I was the point
guard, but I was quiet. Coach always told me that the point guard should
be a leader on the floor and this year I have really focused on being more
vocal towards the team.”
As mentioned, the Gilbert style of play is in full force with Bryant
running the show this season. Unselfish play, ball movement, spacing and
then great defense is what has this team in contention. Coach Caserio says
having Bryant handling the ball makes this style easy to run.
“Having a point guard like him whose first thought is pass-first, it makes
it easy to share the basketball when it’s in his hands so much,” Caserio
explained. “Every year that I am here I try and emphasize teamwork. We
have close to five guys averaging double figures and when you have that,
it makes it very hard to be beat.”
“I love that offense,” Bryant mentioned. “Coach tried to create that
offense to try to get me in a better position to put this team in a better
chance to win.”
Gilbert has really turned some heads this season with wins over Highland,
Chaparral, Desert Mountain and Mesa Mountain View heading into section
play. If they can keep it up and stay healthy, they are ones to keep an
eye out for once the February Frenzy rolls around.
OUR PROGRAM SPONSORS - The Gilbert Tiger Basketball Program
would like to give a huge thanks to Mr. Hoyum and Amazing Jake's
Pizza for feeding all of our players during our annual Ft - a - thon
Saturday afternoon. Greatly appreciated!
Two Tigers named to Arizona's top 50 high
school boys basketball players in 2014 class
RANKED #32 - Anthony Bryant - Guard 5'10"
- Put up solid numbers on a team that spreads the wealth: 7.8
points, 3.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds
RANKED #36 - Spencer Nicolds - Forward
6'6" - Averaged seven points last season, but he will be counted
on to score more. Great ceiling. Rebounds the ball well. Good
HELP THE PROGRAM AND GET A TAX BREAK
- If you would like to contribute to the Tiger Basketball
program you will be eligible for a 100% tax credit.
state of Arizona allows individuals and couples a 100% state tax
credit on donations made to schools for extra curricular activities.
To contribute go the
GILBERT DISTRICT WEB SITE fill out the on-line form
and give them the instruction that you want to donate specifically
to "Gilbert High School Boys Basketball" when you fill out the form.
Or simply write a check (made out to Gilbert Boys Basketball) and
mail it to the school address in care of Jay Caserio. You will
receive documentation that verifies your donation for tax reporting
FALL IN FEBRUARY FRENZY- The Tigers
lost to Pinnacle on Thursday night by a score of 69-57.
Division I, Section II boys basketball team 5
Tigers receive honors
Jake Toolson (Highland); Anthony Bryant (Gilbert); Markus
Howard (Perry); Dane Kuiper (Corona del Sol); James Sosinksi
(Hamilton); Jordan Howard (Perry); Hunter Thomas (Desert Ridge)
Quincy Taylor (Desert Vista); Zach Evans (Hamilton); Jalen Jenkins
(Red Mountain); Spencer Nicolds (Gilbert); Austin Witherill
(Highland); Connor MacDougall (Corona del Sol); Wyatt Lowell
Truman Moore (Gilbert); Eric Mosely (Gilbert)
Gilbert’s Truman Moore get through holidays a year after his father
By Richard Obert azcentral sports
Getting through the holidays has been
tough on Moore family.
On Dec.11, 2012, Roger Moore died of a sudden heart attack. He was a
plumber, who took care of his sons while his wife commuted with work
Truman Moore, a 6-foot-8 junior center, gets through this time
playing basketball games for Gilbert High.
“It’s been rough on all of us,” Moore said.
His dad rarely missed a game.
Truman has become not only a leader on his basketball team but in
his household, helping his little brother, an eighth grader, get
through the pain of losing their dad.
Basketball helps take the edge off.
“He always taught us nothing comes easy, you have to work for
everything,” Truman said.
Moore has fought through a right wrist injury that caused him to
miss the first week of the season.
He has learned to use his left hand, and has worked overtime in the
gym on his free-throw shooting. He takes great pride in his 80
percent (16 of 20) free-throw shooting.
He also has become more of a force on the boards and on defense,
while getting through the injury.
“Coach and everybody has helped adjust around me,” Moore said.
Gilbert, which was 7-2 heading into its Monday game in the
VisitMesa.com Basketball Challenge game at Mesa Mountain View,
relies more on just Moore. It has gotten strong contributions from
point guard Anthony Bryant, wing Spencer Nicholds and 6-9 sophomore
All four players are averaging in double figure scoring.
Moore has been averaging 11.2 points and 4.4 rebounds.
Gilbert coach Jay Caserio said Moore has taken on more of a
leadership role, mainly because he has had to grow up fast in his
“He is like the man of the house now,” Caserio said.
Initially, Moore thought he had broken his wrist. There was ligament
damage, but it didn’t require surgery.
“He was supposed to be out for about six weeks, but he’s fine,”
Caserio said. “He is pretty good with both hands for a post guy.”
Moore, who also plays volleyball, still is trying to get his
conditioning back after being off for two weeks. He believes the
Tigers have the pieces to go far. It’s just a matter of time to
“I think we can win state,” Moore said.
SEASON CALENDAR - Coach Caserio has posted the season calendar of events for the
2013 CAMPS ANOTHER GREAT
A THANK YOU NOTE FROM ONE 2013
CAMPER - "Thank you so much for everything and the skills
you taught me were amazing! Plus it was a great experience for me,
and it was a great experience because, first of all I got better at
basketball and more importantly I met lots of new and fun friends. I
had a great summer with you guys and I wanted to thank you so here I
am! Also, you boosted my confidence in basketball so therefore I am
trying out for basketball this year for seventh grade. Thank you so
much, I will see you next year!"
THANK YOU TO FOREVER LIVING -
The company, Forever Living, has been a great sponsor for the Tiger
basketball program the last 4 years and we would like to thank them
for their contributions to the program. Their monetary donation has
gone toward purchasing all of our summer camp basketballs over the
last 4+ years.
Founded in 1978 on little more than
dreams and hard work, Forever Living is now a multi-billion dollar
company, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, that manufactures and sells
dozens of wellness and beauty products.
Thank you Forever Living Products.