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    2012-13 TIGER VARSITY ROSTER    
    # PLAYER HEIGHT WEIGHT CLASS      
    10 Eric Mosley 6' 3" 155 JR PROFILE    
    12 Maurice Thomas 6' 4" 175 SR PROFILE    
    15 Spencer Nicolds 6' 6" 185 JR PROFILE    
    20 Trevor Spires 5' 7" 145 JR PROFILE    
    21 Conner Helvig 6' 3" 160 SR PROFILE    
    22 Tanner Reber 6' 4" 190 SR PROFILE    
    23 Zach Miller 6' 0" 145 JR PROFILE    
    25 Wyatt Lowell 6' 8" 175 FR PROFILE    
    30 Tony Aranda 6' 2" 205 JR PROFILE    
    32 Anthony Bryant 5' 10" 170 JR PROFILE    
    33 Andrew Poelman 6' 0" 150 JR PROFILE    
    40 Truman Moore 6' 8" 225 SO PROFILE    
    44 Sergio Valladolid 6' 0" 165 SR PROFILE    
   
STAFF

Head Varsity Coach Jay Caserio
Assistant Varsity Coach Andy Moeller
Head Junior Varsity Coach Clyde Myles
Head Freshman Coach JP Price
Assistant Freshmen Coach Fabian Valladolid
Manager/Video Ifeanyi Umunna
Statistics Tommy Lemmons
   
    2012-13 TIGER VARSITY SCHEDULE    
    NOVEMBER TIME LOCATION OPPONENT RESULT RECORD    
    11/19 Monday 3:15pm Agua Fria (W) 77-55 1-0    
    11/20 Tuesday 4:45pm Hamilton (W) 47-35 2-0    
    11/21 Wednesday 6:15pm Corona del Sol (W) 54-39 3-0    
    11/24 Saturday 7:00pm Mesa (L) 50-51 3-1    
    11/30 Friday 7:00PM Home Desert Ridge (W) 58-32 4-1    
    DECEMBER TIME LOCATION OPPONENT RESULT RECORD    
    12/04 Tuesday 7:00PM Home Basha  (W) 58-49 5-1    
    12/06 Thursday 7:00PM Away Marcos de Niza (W) 56-54 6-1    
    12/07 Friday 7:00PM Away Desert Ridge (W) 49-41 7-1    
    12/11 Tuesday 7:00PM Away Highland (L) 65-69 7-2    
    12/13 Thursday 7:00PM Home Skyline (W) 63-39 8-2    
    12/14 Friday 7:00PM Home Red Mountain (W) 51-47 9-2    
    12/21 Friday 7:00PM Away Red Mountain (L) 54-55 9-3    
    12/26 Wednesday 8:30PM St. Johns Jesuit - Toledo, OH (W) 58-55 10-3    
    12/27 Thursday 7:00PM Mountain View - Mesa, AZ (L) 67-72 10-4    
    12/28 Friday 10:00AM Mercer Island (L) 45-51 10-5    
    12/29 Saturday 11:00AM Hoover - San Diego, CA (W) 51-45 11-5    
    JANUARY TIME LOCATION OPPONENT RESULT RECORD    
    01/08 Tuesday 7:00PM Home Maryvale (W) 84-47 12-5    
    01/10 Thursday 7:00PM Away Mesquite (W) 56-38 13-5    
    01/11 Friday 7:00PM Home Highland (W) 59-43 14-5    
    01/15 Tuesday 7:00PM Away Skyline (W) 66-33 15-5    
    01/18 Friday 7:00PM Away Dobson (W) 66-62 16-5    
    01/24 Thursday 7:00PM Home Mesquite (W) 64-49 17-5    
    01/25 Friday 7:00PM Home Dobson* (W) 58-57 18-5    
    01/29 Tuesday 7:00PM Away Basha (W) 49-36 19-5    
    01/31 Thursday 7:00PM Away Williams Field (W) 61-32 20-5    
    FEBRUARY TIME LOCATION OPPONENT RESULT RECORD    
    02/01 Friday 7:00PM Home Mountain Pointe** (L) 44-56 20-6    
    FEBRUARY TIME LOCATION POST SEASON-SECTIONAL RESULT RECORD    
    02/06 Wednesday 7:30PM Desert Ridge Buena (W) 43-27 21-6    
    02/08 Friday 5:45PM Mesquite HS Hamilton (L) 35-48 21-7    
    FEBRUARY TIME LOCATION POST SEASON-STATE RESULT RECORD    
    02/14 Thursday 7:00PM Gilbert HS Desert Vista (W) 66-53 22-7    
    02/16 Saturday 7:00PM Chaparral HS Chaparral (W) 57-55 23-7    
    02/19 Tuesday 4:15PM ASU Pinnacle (L) 45-50 23-8    
    SPECIAL EVENTS              
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..Parent Night - Friday, January 25th

   
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..Senior Night - Friday February  1st

   
    2012-13 TIGER STATISTICS    
   

Final - Season Stats

 

   
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
    2012-13 TIGER GAME RECAPS    

 

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●●● GILBERT - PINNACLE  ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
Game #31 - February 19, 2013
STATE FINAL EIGHT

 By Kyle Odegard, Tribune
Trey Ingram steps up as Pinnacle boys basketball beats Gilbert

As Trey Ingram grew comfortable being the third scoring option for the Pinnacle boys basketball team this year, the Pioneers took off.

And when they needed him even more with a semifinal berth on the line, he was ready for that challenge, too.

Ingram scored 12 points to help No. 3 Pinnacle defeat No. 11 Gilbert, 50-45, on Thursday night in the Division I quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Arena.

Pinnacle has now won 15 straight games and qualified for the semifinals for the third straight year. It will play  No. 2 Cesar Chavez on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.

Bender, who is committed to Rice, averages 14.6 points per game but scored only seven against the Tigers.

Ingram stepped in with seven first-quarter points and hit a huge shot from downtown with five seconds remaining in the third quarter to push Pinnacle’s lead to eight.

“I didn’t try to change my game,” Ingram said. “I just tried to go out there and get everybody involved and score when I can.”

The Pioneers led by 14 points at the half as Gilbert struggled making shots. The Tigers rallied after intermission and cut the deficit to four points on a three-pointer by Conner Helvig with 2:13 remaining.

Gilbert had a pair of chances to pull to within one possession, but Anthony Bryant missed a runner and Trevor Spires missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw in the final minute.

“We had a little bit of the yips there (early on),” Gilbert coach Jay Caserio said. “I thought we had some pretty good looks in the beginning right around the basket. It was kind of like golf where we had a two-foot putt but yanked it.”

The Tigers were led by sophomore Truman Moore, who had 13 points and six rebounds. Helvig and Spencer Nicolds added 10 points.

Gilbert lost in the quarterfinals a year ago as well.

“We were here last year, so it’s disappointing, to be honest with you,” Caserio said. “We talked about moving past this hurdle.”

Dorian Pickens led the Pioneers with 13 points. Even though Bender only scored seven points, he added seven rebounds and three assists. Bender originally thought he would be out for the state tournament after injuring his ankle in practice last week.

“I was surprised a little bit that he was rebounding very well tonight,” Pinnacle coach Charlie Wilde said. “We didn’t know where he would be on that part of the game, jumping off his feet, but obviously he felt pretty good."
 
TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
GILBERT 05 10 15 15 45
PINNACLE 16 13 09 12 50
PLAYER
ASST
REB
STL
2PT
3PT
FT
PTS
TO
Mosley
- - - - - - - -
Thomas
- - - - - - - 1
Nicolds
1 7 - 3-5 1-4 1-1 10 1
Spires
- 1 0-3 - 0-1 - - -
Helvig
1 5 3 2-7 2-5 0-2 10 1
Reber
- 5 - 3-5 0-2 2-2 8 -
Miller
- - - - - - - -
Mauro
- 1 - - 0-1 0-2 - 1
Lowell
- - - - - - - -
Aranda
- - - - - - - -
Bryant
3 4 2 2-6 0-1 - 4 2
Poelman
- - - - - - - -
Moore
- 6 - 4-7 - 5-8 13 4
Valladolid
3 4 3 - 0-1 - - 1
TOTAL
7 33 8 14-33 3-14 8-16 45 11
PCT
- - - 42% 21% 50% - -

 

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●●● GILBERT - CHAPARRAL  ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
Game #30 - February 16, 2013
STATE  ROUND TWO

 By Sam Ganczaruk, Special to Tribune
All Gilbert needed was to take a deep breath and relax.

Once the Tigers did, they erased a 9-point second half deficit Saturday and upset host No. 6 Chaparral, 57-55, in the quarterfinals of the boys basketball Division I state playoffs.

No. 11-seeded Gilbert (23-7) will face No. 3 Pinnacle (24-6) in the quarterfinals 4:15pm  Tuesday at Arizona State. Pinnacle toppled No. 19 Tucson Cienega, 73-59, on Saturday.

“They got us out of our sorts a little bit but luckily we have a 10-minute break at halftime to talk about it,” Gilbert coach Jay Caserio said. “The kids did a nice job of focusing on getting stops and putting the ball into the paint really hard, kind of changing the flow of the game.”

Gilbert struggled in the first half with Chaparral’s fast-paced offense and fell behind by as many as 11 points, but after halftime a different Gilbert team took the floor.

Gone was the indecision and lack of ball movement, as Gilbert found Truman Moore on the box for six points in the third quarter on his way to 18 for the game.

“We had a size advantage and we really wanted to slow it down so we could get it inside,” Moore said.

Chaparral (22-7) took the role of firing up long range jumpers and stopped taking the ball to the hole.

“We can’t start settling and let them find a rhythm,” Chaparral coach Daniel Peterson said. “We needed to make smarter decisions down the stretch. That is not how we play, we want to play smart and quick.”

Eric Conklin scored 12 points in the first half but was held to two in the third quarter and scoreless in the fourth.

“He gives everybody trouble, he is a horse,” Caserio said. “We changed the pace of the game which I think helped slow him down a bit.”

Chaparral’s Kenzo Nudo tried to rally the Firebirds with four fourth quarter points, finishing with 12 for the game.

But Chaparral continued to struggle and Gilbert’s Conner Helvig converted 5-of-6 free throws late to ice the victory. Helvig kept Gilbert afloat in the first half with eight points and finished with a game-high 20.

“We had some rough games at the beginning of the year when he missed some free throws down the stretch so it is kind of cool to see him reverse that in the playoffs,” Caserio said. “He is big for us.”
 
TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
GILBERT 10 14 17 16 57
CHAPARRAL 19 14 11 11 55
PLAYER
ASST
REB
STL
2PT
3PT
FT
PTS
TO
Mosley
- - - - - - - -
Thomas
- - - - - - - -
Nicolds
2 4 - 1-2 0-1 1-1 3 -
Spires
1 - 1 0-1 - - - -
Helvig
2 4 2 6-6 1-2 5-6 20 3
Reber
- 3 - 3-4 0-1 2-2 8 -
Miller
- - - - - - - -
Mauro
- - - - - - - -
Lowell
- - - - - - - -
Aranda
- - - - - - - -
Bryant
3 5 2 3-5 - 2-3 8 1
Poelman
- - - - - - - -
Moore
3 6 - 9-14 - - 18 1
Valladolid
2 1 2 - - - - -
TOTAL
13 23 7 22-32 1-4 10-12 57 5
PCT
- - - 69% 25% 83% - -

 

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●●● GILBERT - DESERT VISTA  ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
Game #29 - February 14, 2013
STATE  ROUND ONE

By Al Bravo, Special to Tribune

It’s a virtue and a great plan to win playoff games if you can execute it.

No. 11-seed Gilbert used patience for most of Thursday night. Led by the guiding play of point Anthony Bryant and the inside game of towering Truman Moore, the Tigers got past No. 22 Desert Vista, 66-53, in the first round of the boys state Division I basketball tournament.

“We knew what we had to do and we did that the whole game,” Bryant said. “They got a little run but that’s basketball. We stuck with it, calmed down at the end and pulled out a win.”

The dark horse contender Tigers travel to No. 6 Chaparral for a second round game on Saturday at 7 p.m.

“The guys know their roles pretty well,” Gilbert coach Jay Caserio said. “So they’ve bought into whatever role there is and it helps to have a point guard like Anthony. When you can put it in a guy’s hands and he is going to take care of the basketball and get the ball where it needs to be, it’s easier for all of the other guys to do their jobs.”

The Tigers (22-7) sputtered a bit out of the gate, turning the ball over and allowing the Thunder some open looks. But Gilbert settled down, and, outside of Desert Vista’s fourth-quarter barrage of 3-pointers that cut the lead to single digits, kept its constant pace to hold off the Thunder.

“I’m very shocked right now,” Desert Vista coach Dave Williams said right after the final buzzer. “We had great practices and I thought we would have played a lot better than that tonight.”

Caserio said the plan was to look for the high-percentage shot, trying to work the ball inside to the 6-foot-8 Moore against the smaller Thunder. While Desert Vista tried to push the tempo, using a press and even a modified zone defense at times, the Thunder couldn’t break the Tigers plan.

Desert Vista guard Greg Carter, who averages 14 points a game, didn’t get a basket all night and had just two points, free throws with 1:55 left and the game decided.

“We like to put it in Truman’s hands in the post because we had the size advantage,” Bryant said. “But we just looked to swing the ball around and get it inside.”

Moore finished with 19 points and the Tigers hit 10 of 12 free throws in the final four minutes to close out the win. Bryant added 15 and Connor Helvig 12 for Gilbert. The Tigers get a little payback after losing to the Thunder in the quarterfinals a year ago.

“We didn’t want to run with Desert Vista,” Caserio said. “They knew we wanted to push because we felt like we could get some good shots in space if we pushed it but at the same time there is that fine line that when, is there a semi-contested shot and if there is then you need to get it back out and run offense. And I think they did a really good job at that tonight.”

Not that Desert Vista (14-13) didn’t make one last run.

Down 44-25 going into the final quarter, David Powell and Kyle Pitman (14 points each) hit 3-pointers in the first minute of the fourth. Caserio quickly called timeout.

But the Thunder forced a 5-second call on the ensuing in-bounds play. Tyler Dunker hit another 3-pointer for Desert Vista and the Thunder had life.

But point guard Greg Carter picked up his fourth foul a short time later, putting Gilbert into the double bonus and the Tigers started making free throws. Desert Vista pressed but Gilbert broke through, getting a couple of easy dunks by Moore as a result.

Avery Brunson (11 points) hit back-to-back long shots for Desert Vista to cut the lead to 52-44 with 4:07 left. The Thunder, however, could get no closer as they tried to foul to stop the clock, and Gilbert hit six straight foul shots to open up a 14-point lead.

“We just didn’t play hard enough to get it done,” Williams said. “But I’m proud of my guys. They stuck with it when we went through some adversity and we made it to the state playoffs.”
 
TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
GILBERT 14 17 13 22 66
DESERT VISTA 13 06 06 28 53
PLAYER
ASST
REB
STL
2PT
3PT
FT
PTS
TO
Mosley
- - - - - - - -
Thomas
- 2 - 1-3 - 0-1 2 -
Nicolds
2 7 - 2-3 0-5 2-2 6 5
Spires
2 5 - 1-2 0-1 5-7 7 2
Helvig
2 7 1 3-4 1-3 3-4 12 3
Reber
- 1 - 0-2 1-2 - 3 -
Miller
- - - - - - - -
Mauro
- - - - - - - -
Lowell
- - - - - - - -
Aranda
- - - - - - - -
Bryant
3 7 4 4-7 - 8-10 15 2
Poelman
- - - - - - - -
Moore
2 8 - 8-11 - 3-4 19 1
Valladolid
2 4 2 - 0-1 2-2 2 -
TOTAL
13 41 7 19-32 2-12 22-30 66 12
PCT
- - - 59% 17% 75% - -

 
Anthony Bryant led the Tigers to a first round victory

 

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●●● GILBERT - HAMILTON  ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
Game #28 - February 08, 2013
SECTIONAL ROUND TWO

For the second straight year the Tigers were defeated in the second round of the sectional tournament this time by a well coached Hamilton Huskies team by a score of 48 to 35. The Tigers had a good first quarter only being down 1 point, but the 9 points came from 3 threes and it was evident from the start that the Tigers were relying on perimeter jump shots and if those shots didn't go then with the lack of offensive rebounding it was going to be difficult to come out victorious.

The poor second and third quarters doomed the Tigers as those long outside shots turned into long outlet passes to the Hamilton players and layups and offensive rebound put-backs for easy buckets. The coaches were pleased to see the Tigers not giving up as they turned up the defensive pressure in the 4th quarter to cut the score to 9, but it was too little too late.

Up next for the Tigers is a chance to make a run through the state tournmanet. The Tigers earned a #11 seed and will host Desert Vista on Thursday night at 7:00 pm. The Tigers look to avenge a loss versus DV last post season that knocked the Tigers out of the state
tournament.

 
TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
GILBERT 09 03 07 16 35
HAMILTON 10 15 13 10 48
PLAYER
ASST
REB
STL
2PT
3PT
FT
PTS
TO
Mosley
- - - - - - - -
Thomas
- 1 - 0-1 - - - -
Nicolds
1 3 - 1-5 0-2 1-1 3 1
Spires
2 2 - 3-3 - - 6 1
Helvig
2 1 1 1-6 4-10 2-2 16 2
Reber
- 4 - - 0-1 - - -
Miller
- - - - - - - -
Mauro
- 1 - 0-1 - - - 1
Lowell
- 2 - - 1-3 - 3 1
Aranda
- - - - - - - -
Bryant
- - - - - - - -
Poelman
- - - - - - - -
Moore
- 5 2 1-8 - 2-3 4 -
Valladolid
2 4 1 - 1-1 - 3 3
TOTAL
7 23 4 6-24 6-17 5-6 35 9
PCT
- - - 25% 35% 83% - -

 

 

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●●● GILBERT - BUENA  ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
Game #27 - February 06, 2013
SECTIONAL ROUND ONE

The Tigers took care of business Wednesday night at Desert Ridge in the first round of sectionals by beating the Buena Colts by a score of 43 to 27. The Tigers didn't handle the ball well in the first half, but with good defense and a cold night from the field by the Colts allowed the Tigers to jump to a 14 to 3 first quarter lead and maintained that 11 point lead going into the locker room at the break.

In the second half the Tigers did a much better job taking care of the ball and ran their offense a little better. Defensively the Tigers did a nice job with the game plan and specifically Spencer Nicolds covered Buena's stud Rashawn Avery very well as he was limited to 10 points, which is 9 points below his season average. Spencer was also the leading scorer in the game with 15 points. Also in double figure scoring was Truman Moore with 12 points.

Up next for the Tigers is a semi-final game Friday night at 5:45 at Mesquite versus the Hamilton Huskies as they won a thrilling double overtime game against Cienaga. The other semi-final game between Corona and Dobson, which starts at 7:30, follows our game.
 
TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
GILBERT 14 06 08 13 43
BUENA 03 06 06 12 27
PLAYER
ASST
REB
STL
2PT
3PT
FT
PTS
TO
Mosley
- - - - - - - -
Thomas
- 2 - 1-3 - - 2 1
Nicolds
- 5 1 4-7 2-3 3-4 17 6
Spires
1 - - 0-1 - - - 1
Helvig
2 5 2 2-3 0-2 - 4 4
Reber
2 3 - 1-2 - - 2 3
Miller
- - - - - - - -
Mauro
- 2 2 1-1 - - 2 3
Lowell
- 5 - 2-3 0-2 - 4 3
Aranda
- - - - - - - -
Bryant
- - - - - - - -
Poelman
- - - - - - - -
Moore
1 6 - 6-7 - - 12 1
Valladolid
2 2 2 - 0-1 - - 2
TOTAL
8 30 7 17-27 2-8 3-4 43 24
PCT
- - - 63% 25% 75% - -

 

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●●● GILBERT - MOUNTAIN POINTE  ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
Game #26 - February 01, 2013
Les Willsey aia365.com

 The pressure was on Mountain Pointe's boys basketball team on Friday night. Perhaps a little self-imposed after a tough 66-64 loss the night before to rival Desert Vista.

Still, Mountain Pointe coach Aaron Windler felt beating Gilbert was a must to make any kind of postseason appearance a reality so the Pride applied pressure to Gilbert on the floor and it worked quite well. Mountain Pointe forced enough turnovers -- a goodly amount that led to easy baskets -- to snap Gilbert's 10-game winning streak and upend the Tigers in a 56-44 victory in a Division I game at Gilbert High.

"Maybe If I was a better coach I would have had us do more of this earlier in the year," Windler said of the Pride's full-court pressure tactics. "We came in here thinking it's a must win. I hope this gets us into the sectional or at least gets us a spot at state. I don't want to have to sit and wait a week for everything to shake out. We'll cross our fingers and see what happens."

The win was big for Mountain Pointe lifting it to 13-11 for the season and 10-8 in power-ranking games. The Pride entered Friday (the final day of the regular season) in the No. 18 spot in Division I power-rankings. They also were 9th in Section 3 of D-I, one spot out of qualifying for next week's sectionals that open Wednesday for boys at sites across the state.

The teams traded a few baskets and turnovers in the first quarter with Mountain Pointe leading, 14-9, after the first eight minutes. Gilbert's turnover problems began increasing in the second period when point guard Anthony Bryant was absent from the lineup. Bryant banged the back of his head in to a wall hustling for a loose ball with 46 seconds left in the first quarter. He was diagnosed with a concussion and did not return.

From there on Gilbert had regular difficulty getting the out of back court. Mountain Pointe ended up getting eight baskets -- most of them easy ones -- off of 23 Gilbert turnovers.

"I know not having (Bryant) in there hurt them," Windler said. "I hope he's alright. (Jay) said he hit his head pretty hard. We gave them couple looks on our pressure. When we thought they figured one out, we went to another. it definitely was the difference in the game."

Gilbert (20-6, 15-3), which entered the game No. 5 in D-I power-rankings, did rally to take a 20-16 lead briefly in the second period, riding an eight-point run by junior forward Spencer Nicolds. Nicolds sank two threes and hovered over the hoop for a put back dunk to complete his outburst. The game was tied a final time at 24 late in the second period, but Mountain Pointe got two turnover buckets and a dunk to end the half on top 30-24. Mountain Pointe outscored Gilbert 11-3 in the third period and wasn't threatened in the fourth.

"We hadn't seen pressure like that all year," Gilbert coach Jay Caserio said. "Maybe a little from Mesa in the Feat the Hop Tournament. Without Anthony we had to have guys switch roles they weren't used to. They took it to us."

Mountain Pointe spread the wealth scoring. Khari Holloway led with 16 points followed by Tre Campbell, Chris Davis and Emmanuelm Butler with nine points each. Jalen Brown added eight. Gilbert was led by sophomore post Truman Moore with 12 points. Leading scorer Conner Helvig finished with just five. Helvig sat out much of the first half with foul trouble and didn't score until the final minute of the third period.
 
TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
GILBERT 09 15 03 17 44
MOUNTAIN POINTE 14 16 11 15 56
PLAYER
ASST
REB
STL
2PT
3PT
FT
PTS
TO
Mosley
- - - - - - - -
Thomas
- 5 - 2-5 - - 4 2
Nicolds
1 5 - 1-3 2-2 0-1 8 4
Spires
- - - - - - - -
Helvig
- 4 1 2-4 0-2 1-2 5 5
Reber
1 4 - 2-4 0-2 - 4 5
Miller
- - - - - - - -
Mauro
1 1 2 2-3 - 2-3 6 5
Lowell
- 1 - 0-1 0-1 - - -
Aranda
- - - - - - - -
Bryant
- - 1 0-1 - - - 1
Poelman
- - - - - - - -
Moore
1 10 1 5-8 - 2-2 12 1
Valladolid
3 2 2 1-2 1-3 - 5 2
TOTAL
7 33 7 14-31 3-10 5-8 44 25
PCT
- - - 45% 30% 63% - -

 

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●●● GILBERT - WILLIAMS FIELD  ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
Game #25- January 31, 2013

The Tigers were able to capture their 13th sweep of the year and the varsity won their 20th game on the year with by a score of 61 - 32 over the Blackhawks from Williams Field. The Tigers had a hard time finding their offensive groove in the first half, but with a slight adjustment the Tigers were able to score 38 points in the 2nd half. The team was lead in scoring by senior Maurice Thomas' 12 points and Truman Moore's 11 points. Defensively the Tigers did a pretty good job holding Williams Field to single digit scoring in three out of the four quarters.

Up next for the Tigers is senior night on Friday versus an athletic and well coached Mt. Pointe Pride team. The program is excited to honor Conner Helvig, Tanner Reber, Maurice Thomas and Sergio Valladolid who have put countless hours and dedication towards our program and as a basketball player.

Come root on the Tigers as this is their last regular season game of the year.
 
TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
GILBERT 13 10 19 19 61
WILLIAMS FIELD 05 09 07 11 32
PLAYER
ASST
REB
STL
2PT
3PT
FT
PTS
TO
Mosley
- - - - - - - -
Thomas
- 3 1 5-10 - 2-6 12 -
Nicolds
1 2 - - - 2-2 2 2
Spires
1 3 - - 1-1 - 3 3
Helvig
2 7 2 1-3 1-4 2-2 7 -
Reber
1 3 - 2-3 0-1 - 4 -
Miller
- - - - - - - -
Mauro
1 2 - 3-3 - - 6 2
Lowell
- - - - - - - -
Aranda
- 3 1 - 2-2 2-2 8 1
Bryant
4 6 3 2-2 1-2 1-3 8 4
Poelman
- - - - - - - -
Moore
2 7 - 5-9 - - 10 1
Valladolid
3 2 2 - 0-2 - - -
TOTAL
15 38 9 18-30 5-12 9-15 61 13
PCT
- - - 60% 42% 60% - -

 

 

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●●● GILBERT - BASHA  ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
Game #24- January 29, 2013

The Tigers went on the road to Basha High an earned a hard fought victory, including a sweep as the freshmen won in overtime and the JV took care of business with a 30 point win. As for the varsity, the Basha Bears really played inspired basketball and caused the Tigers to turn the ball over 8 times in the first half and regularly beat Gilbert to the 50/50 ball and multiple rebounds.

The Tigers were not particularly sharp on the offensive end, but fortunately their defense and late game rebounding helped to preserve a victory. Gilbert was able to hold Virginia Tech commit, Maurice Kirby, to 4 points on two field goals, which was a big part of the game plan and scouting report. Basha's Cole Kepler led the Bears with 10 points overall and the Tigers had two guys in double figure scoring with Truman Moore and Conner Helvig scoring 13 and 10 points respectively. Truman had a double-double too with 11 boards on the night.

Up next for the Tigers is another road game at Williams Field Thursday night. The coaching staff is excited to see the varsity bounce back with a cleaner performance.
 
TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
GILBERT 13 09 10 17 49
BASHA 05 11 09 11 36
PLAYER
ASST
REB
STL
2PT
3PT
FT
PTS
TO
Mosley
               
Thomas
  2 1 0-2   0-2   2
Nicolds
  3   0-2 0-2 4-4 4 1
Spires
               
Helvig
1 5 1 2-6 2-2   10 2
Reber
  8 2 2-4 1-2   7  
Miller
               
Mauro
1 1   1-2 1-6   5 3
Lowell
  2     0-3      
Aranda
               
Bryant
4 6   2-6 0-1 3-3 7 4
Poelman
               
Moore
2 11   6-15   1-2 13 3
Valladolid
3 1 3   1-2   3  
TOTAL
11 39 7 13-36 5-18 8-11 49 15
PCT
      36% 28% 72%    

 

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●●● GILBERT - DOBSON  ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
Game #23- January 25, 2013

Gilbert boys win as buzzer-beater is waved off
By Kelsey Perry Special for azcentral sports

Gilbert boys basketball coach Jay Caserio knew Friday night’s Division I matchup against Mesa Dobson would be a tight one, but no one could predict an ending this dramatic.

With 1.1 seconds remaining in the game and Gilbert leading by a point, Dobson’s Jaron Hopkins caught a long pass from center court and laid in a last-chance, buzzer shot from underneath the basket. No sooner did the visiting crowd erupt than was bucket was called off, with officials saying it didn’t beat the buzzer.

The controversial call meant victory for Gilbert, which defeated Dobson for the second time in two weeks, winning 58-57 Friday at home.

“To be honest with you I think that should have probably been a bucket there at the end,” Caserio said. “I think it was kind of stolen from them.”

The heart-stopping ending capped an electrifying fourth where the lead changed hands four times in the last five minutes.

Gilbert’s Conner Helvig sunk a critical three-pointer with 1:46 to cut Dobson’s lead to one and Truman Moore came up with a beautiful block on Dobson’s next possession to get momentum swinging in Gilbert’s direction, but Helvig missed the front end of a one-and-one with 9.7 seconds to go and gave Dobson a shot a victory.

“That was a little nerve-racking,” he said. “I wish I would have made those, but we still pulled it out.”

Helvig had 13 points in the fourth quarter, including three 3-pointers. He had 29 points on the night.

Gilbert led for the majority of the game but every time the home team built a healthy lead, Dobson would come crawling back. Dobson’s offensive effort was led by Hopkins who finished the night with 21 points, including seven in the fourth quarter.

“I think that’s the best I’ve ever seen Dobson play,” Caserio said. “They passed the ball and shared it really well.”
 
TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
GILBERT 11 15 13 19 58
DOBSON 12 11 12 22 57
PLAYER
ASST
REB
STL
2PT
3PT
FT
PTS
TO
Mosley
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Thomas
1
3
1
0-1
-
-
-
-
Nicolds
-
4
-
4-6
-
-
8
1
Spires
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Helvig
3
4
3
3-7
6-13
5-9
29
2
Reber
-
1
-
0-1
-
-
-
-
Miller
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Mauro
1
2
1
0-2
2-4
-
6
2
Lowell
1
2
1
-
0-1
-
-
2
Aranda
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Bryant
1
4
2
2-7
-
3-4
7
1
Poelman
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Moore
1
7
1
3-6
-
-
6
3
Valladolid
3
5
2
1-2
-
-
2
-
TOTAL
11
32
11
13-32
8-17
8-13
58
11
PCT
 
 
 
40%
47%
62%
 
 

 

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●●● GILBERT - MESQUITE  ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
Game #22- January 24, 2013

Gilbert continued its late-season success with another boys basketball win on Thursday night, a 64-49 win at Mesquite.

The Tigers used a 28-13 scoring advantage in the second and third quarters combined to pull away.

Connor Helvig led Gilbert with 17 points. Sophomore Truman Moore added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers (17-5 overall, 10-2 in power rankings games).

Zach Green scored 26 points to lead Mesquite.

 

TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
GILBERT 18 15 13 18 64
MESQUITE 16 05 08 20 49

PLAYER

ASST

REB

STL

2PT

3PT

FT

PTS

TO

Mosley

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Thomas

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Nicolds

1

8

-

1-3

-

5-5

7

1

Spires

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

3

Helvig

4

3

3

3-4

3-4

2-2

17

4

Reber

-

1

1

2-4

0-4

1-1

5

2

Miller

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Mauro

1

1

-

2-2

0-1

-

4

2

Lowell

-

1

-

-

0-1

-

-

-

Aranda

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Bryant

4

4

2

2-3

-

8-10

12

5

Poelman

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Moore

-

8

-

6-7

-

1-2

13

1

Valladolid

5

1

3

1-1

1-2

-

5

1

TOTAL

15

28

9

17-24

4-12

17-20

64

20

PCT

 

 

 

71%

33%

85%

 

 

 

 

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●●● GILBERT - DOBSON  ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
Game #21- January 18, 2013

Gilbert Hits Late Free Throws to Sink Dobson
By Kyle Odegard, Tribune


Last week, Gilbert boys basketball coach Jay Caserio was lamenting all the late leads his team had given up this year by missing free throws, and hoped the trend would change in the second half of the season.

That wish was granted, at least for a night.
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The fifth-ranked Tigers buried all eight of their free throw attempts in the final 33.7 seconds to hold on for a 66-62 victory over host Dobson in a Division I matchup Friday night.

Gilbert (16-5) took a two-point lead on a put-back lay-up by Truman Moore with 1:07 remaining, and after Conner Helvig forced a turnover to get the ball back, the Tigers calmly sank the free throws, never allowing the Mustangs within one possession.

“Can you believe that?” Caserio said. “The first half of the year we had leads like that late and lost four out of five games just because we couldn’t put the ball in the hole...It kind of evened out a little bit I guess tonight.”

Dobson’s best chance came with 18.4 seconds remaining when Brian Nichols scored a lay-up and was fouled. The bucket cut the deficit to 62-60, but his free throw rolled off and Spencer Nicolds and Andre Mauro each hit a pair from the charity stripe to clinch the victory.

The Tigers were led by sophomore forward Truman Moore, who had 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks before exiting with a knee injury when he fouled Nichols late.

Ryan Richardson had 20 points on 8-of-10 from the field to lead Dobson (14-8), which has now lost two in a row. The Mustangs were without leading scorer Jaron Hopkins against Desert Ridge on Tuesday and he didn’t plan to play in this one until a pep talk from coach Rick McConnell’s sons, Mickey and Matt.

Hopkins grabbed shoes from his car and didn’t reach the bench until two minutes had elapsed in the first quarter.

He finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Kodi Justice is also sick as the Mustangs are hoping to survive this stretch without dropping too much in the power point standings.

 
TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
GILBERT 13 14 15 24 66
DOBSON 11 18 16 17 62
PLAYER
ASST
REB
STL
2PT
3PT
FT
PTS
TO
Mosley
-
1
1
1-2
0-1
2-2
4
1
Thomas
-
1
-
2-2
-
-
4
-
Nicolds
1
4
-
0-2
0-1
2-2
2
-
Spires
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Helvig
1
7
2
2-7
1-5
5-6
12
2
Reber
-
4
-
3-4
1-1
-
9
-
Miller
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Mauro
-
-
-
-
-
4-4
4
1
Lowell
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Aranda
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Bryant
5
4
4
2-3
0-1
1-2
5
3
Poelman
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Moore
1
9
1
7-14
-
3-5
17
2
Valladolid
3
1
3
3-5
1-1
-
9
2
TOTAL
11
31
11
20-39
3-10
17-21
66
11
PCT
 
 
 
51%
30%
81%
 
 

Late FTs pace Gilbert boys past Dobson for 6th straight win
By Les Willsey aia365

Gilbert boys basktball coach Jay Caserio got a Christmas present he wasn't able to unwrap until after the holidays. Caserio won't be returning it (him).

Andre Mauro, who transferred to Gilbert High at the holiday break, made four of the eight free throws the Tigers sank in the final 33 seconds Friday night to help post a 66-62 win over host Dobson in a Division I contest. Gilbert has won six games in a row and is 16-5 overall and 11-2 in power-ranking games. Dobson slipped to 14-8, 8-5 prg.

Caserio received a phone call during final exam week in late December from his athletic secretary who had Mauro's mother on the phone. She was interested in enrolling her son at Gilbert and Caserio made sure he took the call. Mauro appeared in only his fourth game on Friday.

"He's come in and picked up on the stuff we do very well," Caserio said. "It's amazing. The team has bought into him big time."

Mauro, a junior who serves as a backup point guard, scored just the four points. The first two free throws with 33 seconds left supplied the Tigers with a four-point lead they stuck to through the finish. Dobson answered two free throws three times to trail by two each time, but Mauro clinched it with two more with 8.3 seconds left. Conner Helvig and Spencer Nicolds were two-for-two apiece from the line in between Mauro's four tosses.

Earlier in the final quarter, Dobson appeared to have taken command with an impetus supplied by leading scorer Jaron Hopkins. Hopkins, who missed Tuesday's 91-80 los to Desert Ridge with flu-like symptoms, wasn't feeling too chipper Friday. Hopkins originally decided he couldn't play, but with persistent urging from coaches, teammates and fans he dressed and entered the game at the five-minute mark of the first period.

Hopkins (11 points) played a solid game considering he wasn't 100 percent. He made a couple steals leading to a pair of baskets -- one a thunderous dunk -- that put Dobson ahead, 56-52, with 3:30 to play. A string of bad possessions by Dobson, however, over the next two minutes allowed Gilbert to tie and take the lead for good on a putback by post Truman Moore (team-high 17 points) with 1:03 left.

"We did a lot of good things, and Jaron playing gave us a lift," Dobson coach Rick McConnell said. "Kodi (Justice) has been getting over pneumonia so we've had to battle through some sickness, We needed some better possessions late in the game."

Dobson got an excellent game out of guard Ryan Richardson, who finished with a game-high 20 points. Twelve came in the third period on 5-of--5 shooting from the field. The Mustangs manage to lead at halftime by way of three-point shooting. They made five treys in the first half and finished with seven. Carson Glick, who started in place of Hopkins made three 3s in five attempts. His final one came in the fourth period helping Dobson to its 56-52 lead. Helvig finished in double figures for Gilbert with 12, but had a tough night shooting from the field (3-for-13).

 

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●●● GILBERT - SKYLINE  ●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●●
Game #20- January 15, 2013

The Tigers were able to capture their 8th sweep of the year as all three levels were able to earn victories on the road. The varsity team started the game very sharp and held a 24 - 7 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. The Tigers used a variety of presses and good defensive transition to cause multiple turnovers and open court looks for themselves on the offensive end.

The Tigers were led in scoring by Spencer Nicolds' 14 points and also scoring in double figures was Anthony Bryant who scored 10 points himself. Also nearing double digits was newcomer Andre Mauro with 9 points and Sergio Valladolid and Tanner Reber with 8 points each. The coaching staff was very pleased with Sergio's play as he got the nod to start and really played well right from the tip. Nice to see from a senior leader who was ready to go as a starter at the last minute before the game started.

Up next for the Tigers is another road game versus Dobson on Friday night. Dobson is led by veteran coach Rick McConnell and his three talented guards in Jaron Hopkins, Kody Justice and Ryan Richardson. It would be nice to see our Gilbert Goons invade Mustang gym to root on the Tigers!
 
TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
GILBERT 24 16 14 12 66
SKYLINE 07 11 15 02 33
PLAYER
ASST
REB
STL
2PT
3PT
FT
PTS
TO
Mosley
1
1
1
1-3
0-1
-
2
1
Thomas
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Nicolds
2
3
-
1-3
3-4
4-4
15
1
Spires
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Helvig
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Reber
-
2
-
1-3
2-4
-
8
1
Miller
-
1
-
0-2
-
-
-
-
Mauro
-
1
3
3-4
1-1
-
9
1
Lowell
-
4
-
1-3
-
-
2
1
Aranda
-
2
-
4-8
-
-
8
-
Bryant
3
3
5
4-6
-
2-6
10
2
Poelman
-
-
-
0-1
-
-
-
-
Moore
2
4
1
2-6
-
0-1
4
2
Valladolid
6
4
4
1-2
2-2
-
8
1