2020-21 ARCHIVE  



0 Trey Hollis   6' 2 165 Jr.
1 Landon LaMancusa   6' 1 160 Jr.
2 Elijah Johnson   5' 10 150 Jr.
3 Karter Doucette (C) 6' 3 195 Sr.
4 Tampa Scott (C)  5' 11 155 Sr.
5 Shade Kerr 6' 4 175 Jr.
10 Kyle Hogan 6' 7 220 Sr.
11 Ramy Adham   6' 0 145 Sr.
15 KJ Perry   6' 1 145 So.
20 Carter Korab 6' 6 200 Sr.
21 Beau Whatcott   6' 3 175 Jr.
22 Carson Holm   6' 3 175 Sr.
23 Nikko Pentelute (C) 6' 1 180 Jr.
24 Jayden Bayfield  6' 4 205 Sr.
32 Reed Shuey 6' 6 220 Jr.
33 Tyler Lubash 6' 0 135 Jr.
  (C) Team Captains



1 Tanbir Kaler   5' 8 130 So.
2 Jaelen Green   6' 1 150 Fr.
3 Ridge Ziegler   6' 1 135 So.
4 Jaden Acuna   5'10 170 So.
5 Reece Dolezal   5' 8 130 So.
10 Logan Hall   5' 11 120 So.
15 Alex Montano   5' 11 135 So.
20 Nathan Linden   5' 10 155 So.
22 Josh Perez   5' 9 140 So.
23 Golden Thibaudeau   6' 0 155 So.
24 Tony Willis   5' 10 140 So.
25 Bruno Sluka   6' 0 180 So.
32 Graham Phelps   6' 1 170 So.
33 Alex Serrano   6' 3 170 So.



10 Matty Gonzales   5' 4 105 Fr.
12 Brayden Scott   5' 7 125 Fr.
15 Jveonte Kidd   5' 7 130 Fr.
20 Jackson Kirby   6' 2 175 Fr.
21 James Powell   5' 10 120 Fr.
22 Dylan Hunt   6' 4 150 Fr.
23 Nazir Richardson   6' 0 145 Fr.
24 Derek Minch   6' 0 140 Fr.
25 Brycen Miller   5' 9 160 Fr.
30 Bauer Bray   5' 8 130 Fr.
32 Shawn Ban   5' 9 195 Fr.
33 Miles Damra  6' 2 170 Fr.
34 Danny Hesse   6' 4 190 Fr.
42 Mason Villela   6' 3 150 Fr.
44 Seiver Flippo   6' 0 120 Fr.
-- Tyler Latog   5' 8 135 Fr.
  Trenton Kisner - Manager
  Varsity Head Coach
Jay Caserio
  Assistant Coaches
Scott Newendyke
Clyde Miles
  Official Book
Joe Fraher
Maurice Taylor





01/20 A Centennial 45-51 0-1
01/22 H Casteel 55-27 1-1
01/26 H Higley 70-40 2-1
01/27 H Mesa 49-29 3-1
01/29 A Campo Verde 74-72 4-1


02/02 H Williams Field 63-51 5-1
02/05 A Highland 59-62 5-2
02/09 A Casteel 52-45 6-2
02/11 H Horizon 68-44 7-2
02/12 A Ironwood 66-57 8-2
02/15 H Corona del Sol 62-53 9-2
02/16 A Apollo 53-59 9-3
02/23 A Desert Mountain 68-62 10-3
02/26 H Millennium 53-47 11-3


03/02 A


78-69 12-3
03/04 H

Campo Verde

58-57 13-3
03/05 A

Williams Field

55-42 14-3


03/11 H


59-51 15-3
03/13 H

Sunrise Mt.

71-60 16-3
03/18 A


46-54 16-4





Gilbert's 1st-half excellence guides win over Sunrise Mtn.
March 13, 2021 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

It was one of those nights when a first half of basketball by a team was good enough to register a victory no matter how hard the opponent tried the second half to overcome.

#4 Gilbert raced to a 41-20 lead at halftime Saturday night and was the impetus to the Tigers' 71-60 triumph over No. #12 Sunrise Mountain in a 5A boys quarterfinal at The Jungle

Gilbert (16-3) earned a semifinal berth Thursday (March 18) against #1 seed Centennial at Centennial. Centennial advanced with a 67-55 win over #9 Cactus Shadows. The semi will be a rematch from the season-opener won by Centennial, 51-45. Sunrise Mountain finished 11-10 with all of its losses to 5A and playoff teams and 6A Liberty. The Mustangs can be proud of their all-out effort in the second half for coach Gary Rath even if it fell short.

Gilbert's guard tandem of junior Nikko Pentelute and senior Tampa Scott excelled as usual. Pentelute scored 25 points, crashed the boards and did his share of ball-handling. Scott had a bigger night offensively than normal scoring 20 points and running the Tiger offense.

"Our first half was the difference, no doubt," Gilbert coach Jay Caserio said. "We had one turnover, were plus-8 in rebounding and made shots. Proud of our guys hanging in the second half when some funky stuff was going on. I don't think I've ever seen Nikko miss two free throws in a row. They came at us hard. They play hard for Gary. They made it tough on us."

Gilbert's shooting the first half was exceptional - 61 percent making 17 of 28 from the field. Pentelute had 15 of his 25 points in the first half and Scott 12 of his 20. Scott was 4 for 4 in the second period. Sunrise Mountain made only 2 of 9 shots in the opening quarter and trailed 15-5.

"I liked our shot selection early, they weren't going down," Rath said. "They kept increasing the lead and I used a couple timeouts to try and slow them. We seemed to tense up after the first few minutes and couldn't keep the deficit from being manageable. If you can stay within eight or 10 when things are going bad that's what you'd take. Down 20 at half was just too much."

Sunrise Mountain was forced to double team to force turnovers and had to foul often since the Tigers ended up with only six turnovers for the game. The Mustangs didn't make a major dent in the deficit until the final minute. A layup by leading scorer Colin Carey (team-high 23 points) with 1:09 to play made it 68-60. Sunrise Mountain didn't score again. Gilbert limped to the final buzzer making one of two free throws three times in the final minute. That capped 10-of-21 free-throw shooting by the Tigers the final eight minutes.

5A San Tan Region
All Conference Selections
2020 - 2021

Player of the Year (POY)
Chuck Bailey
Higley Knights

Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY)
Tampa Scott IV

Gilbert Tigers

Coach of the Year (COY)
Jay Caserio

Gilbert Tigers

First Team All-Region
Nikko Pentelute, Jr. - Gilbert
Tampa Scott IV, Sr. - Gilbert

Isaiah Kai, So. - Campo Verde
Montez Taylor, Sr. - Williams Field
Leroy Williams, Sr. - Williams Field

Second Team All-Region
Carson Ledbetter, Jr. - Casteel
Jace Reed, Sr. - Campo Verde
Carter Korab, Sr. - Gilbert
Colbie Morgan, Sr. - Higley
Drey Sherwood, Sr. - Casteel

Honorable Mention All-Region
Reed Shuey, Jr. - Gilbert

JJ Newcombe, Fr. - Casteel
Kyle Miller, Sr. - Campo Verde
James Aschenbrener, Sr. - Campo Verde
Kameron Bender, Jr. - Higley

Gilbert edges Campo Verde in last-second win

March 5, 2021 by Shawn DePaz, Arizona State University

Just like the last time the Gilbert and Campo Verde met -- when it took two overtimes to decide a winner -- Thursday's game came down to the final seconds as the Tigers posted a 58-57 win.

A free throw by Trey Hollis with one second left was the game-winner.

On Gilbert’s Senior Night in front of a crowd packed with parents and a raucous student section, it was senior guard Tampa Scott who shined in the first half for the Tigers (13-3). He led the team with 15 first-half points, including three 3-pointers.

“I just came out trying to be aggressive,” Scott said. “A couple times the ball got swung to me and I just let it go."

Tigers coach Jay Caserio started five of his seniors in the final regular season home game of their careers. While some players got their first starts of the season, Scott remained in his normal starting role.

“Our lineup was a little funky at the beginning, and Tampa had us going pretty good,” Caserio said.

At the end of the first half, Gilbert led 33-26, but by the time the fourth quarter came around, Campo Verde had tied the game. The Coyotes were led by guards Isaiah Kai and Cohen Ferguson, who scored 17 and 15 points, respectively.

Despite their performances, Campo Verde (8-7) fell short in the final seconds.

With 3.5 seconds left on the clock and the game tied at 57, Campo Verde turned the ball over on an inbound play and fouled Hollis to send him to the free throw line where he made the first shot on a one-and-one.

Hollis said that he did not expect a chance to win the game for his team.

“I was really just trying to get the ball so it could go to OT,” Hollis said.

But when he did get to the line, with only one second remaining and the game on the line, Hollis was prepared for the moment.

“Free throws are a key part of basketball. I’ve been shooting free throws my whole life.” Hollis said, “Just keep to myself, thinking that it's nothing more than a free throw in practice.”


Gilbert defeats Higley with second half surge
March 2, 2021 by James Franks, Arizona State University

When they met on Jan. 26, Gilbert trounced Higley, 70-40. Things were much different on Tuesday.

The Tigers (12-3) held a slim 39-38 lead at halftime before pulling away with a 78-69 victory over the Knights (9-8).

After the close first half, the Tigers put an emphasis on defensive strategy when they returned to the court for the second half.

“Our ball screen defense was our No. 1 key and it wasn't very good in the first half,” Gilbert coach Jay Caserio said. “They (Higley) were 9 of 10 from the 3-point line (in the first half) and just kind of killed us. We switched our ball screen defense slightly in the second half and I think it helped.”

The enhancement of defensive play for the Tigers allowed them to build a 60-52 at the end of the third quarter.

Junior guard Nikko Pentelute shined for Gilbert as he was able to score from the 3-point line, in the paint and make his free throws for a total of 20 points. Pentelute was prepared to take on the Higley defense.

“In our scouting report, our coach talked to us about getting downhill, getting to the lane and hitting shots in there,” he said. “So I took the coach’s scouting report and our team did a great job of doing that.”

Sophomore Chuck Bailey made five 3-pointers and led the scoring for Higley with 27 points.

The Knights continued to compete with Gilbert in the fourth quarter by completing six shots and making four free throws. But Higley committed 11 fouls in the fourth quarter and Gilbert made 16 of 19 free throws, which kept the margin from changing.

Higley coach Kenneth Drake was impressed with how his team competed against Gilbert. However, Higley’s strong performance did not last long enough.

“Both teams came out with a lot of energy,” he said. “I just told the team that we did not lose the game. We just ran out of time.”

Both teams play their next game against Campo Verde (8-6). Gilbert will host the Coyotes at 7 p.m. Thursday while Higley will travel to Campo Verde on Friday at 7 p.m.

Gilbert and Higley are ready and looking forward to playing Campo Verde.

“We're (Gilbert) going to be locked in,” Pentelute said. “They want to beat us so bad. We are their crosstown rivals.”

The last time Gilbert and Campo Verde met on Jan. 29, the game went into double overtime with the Tigers winning 74-72.

Drake feels confident in his team's chances after winning 64-60 in their previous meeting on Feb. 2. “I think we'll come out victorious,” he said.

The loss puts Higley in third place of the 5A San Tan region with a region record of 3-4.

Gilbert’s victory keeps the Tigers in first place of the 5A San Tan region with a region record of 6-0.

Steadfast Gilbert trims Millennium
February 26, 2021 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

From the opening tip Friday, signs pointed to a frustrating evening for Gilbert High in its match-up with Millennium. It trailed Millennium almost all night falling back, inching closer and falling back time and again.

Maintaining its will throughout, however, a five-point swing in 24 seconds in the final three minutes allowed Gilbert to forge ahead and hold on to the finish in a hard-fought 53-47 triumph over visiting Millennium in a 5A non-region game.

Gilbert, No. 4 in the 5A power rankings, improved to 11-3 while Millennium, currently No. 17, dropped its second tough loss in as many nights to fall to 7-6. Its loss Thursday was to 6A No. 1 Sunnyslope by four points. Millennium was the 5A runner-up each of the past two seasons.

"We showed a lot of stick-to-it-iveness tonight," Gilbert coach Jay Caserio said. "We had good shots early and didn't make many. The guys kept battling and didn't let their effort get away. The last three or four minutes were really good for us."

What possibly could have played on Gilbert's mind before inching ahead late? Quite a bit.

An early 8-2 deficit. Down 12-8 after eight minutes. Falling back 19-10 midway through the second quarter. Pulling within 23-19 just before the half. Leaving at intermission down 25-19. Never in front.

Second half opens and down eight points the first two minutes of play. A glimmer of hope as the quarter ends. A tying three-point shot rims out. Gilbert behind, but within 36-33. Still never in a lead even for a few seconds.

The fourth-quarter scoring began with a pair of threes from the top of the key by Millennium freshman guard Gabe Pickens (team-high 14 points) plus a free throw by teammate Coleman Fields (13 points). Gilbert's answer were a pair of twos that saw its deficit increase to 43-37.

Gilbert then summoned its best run of the game - 9-0 - to take command. The key plays were a steal by senior and defensive standout Tampa Scott that finished with his two free throws to pull Gilbert even at 43 with 2:44 left. With a defensive stop next time down, Gilbert was on the run. Junior guard Elijah Johnson, who struggled from three-point range in the first half, quickly sank his second trey for Gilbert's first lead (46-43) and lead for good with 2:20 to go. Teammate Nikko Pentelute (game-high 19 points) scored seven points in the fourth quarter, five in the final 1:26.

Gilbert finishes strong to overcome Corona del Sol
February 15, 2021 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

Crunch time in Monday night's battle between 6A Corona del Sol and 5A Gilbert wasn't decided so much by the physical part of the game as it was the mental portion.

"The second half and through the middle of the fourth quarter was as good a quarter or stretch as we've played in some time," Corona del Sol coach Neil MacDonald said. "We lost our composure the last three and half minutes and that was the game. They took advantage."

A 17-7 Gilbert run in the span MacDonald described indeed was the Aztecs downfall as the host Tigers came away 62-53 victors at Tiger Gymnasium. Gilbert (9-2) has won nine of its last 10 games and its previous outing last Friday was on the road at 5A No. 1 Ironwood, who the Tigers knocked off.

Gilbert produced balance on the offensive end, led by junior guard Nikko Pentelute's 19 points. Pentelute made several nice plays on both ends during the Tigers' game-clinching stretch. Three teammates scored in double figures - sophomore KJ Perry (11 points) and junior guard Elijah Johnson and senior wing Carter Korab with 10 points apiece. Corona del Sol's Elijah McDaniel tied for game-high honors with 19 points, 13 in the second half. The Aztecs Brandon Lee finished with 13 points.

Corona del Sol (3-7) had gradually worked its way back from a 12-3 deficit early in the second quarter to lead a good part of the third period and it seesawed for the lead with Gilbert the first four minutes of the final quarter. Brandon Lee , who scored nine points in the first half all from three-point range, drove the lane hard and scored with 3:54 to go for the fifth of six lead changes in the period to give Corona its final lead (46-45).

Less than a minute later Gilbert was back up 49-46 thanks to the second of two fourth-quarter threes by Johnson and free throw by Korab. The Aztecs had possession at the point, but a steal by Pentelute didn't please Corona's Roberto Yellowman, who was issued a technical foul for voicing his displeasure at a lack of a foul call. Pentelute made the technical free throws with three minutes left and followed it up with short jumper with 2:36 to play putting Gilbert up, 53-46. A three-point play by Trey Hollis and two more Pentelute free throws put the Aztecs in a 58-47 hole with a minute left.

"I was proud of the way we fought back after the first quarter," MacDonald said. "I really thought we had a chance to pull this one out."

Gilbert coach Jay Caserio, pleased with the finish, wasn't so much about the overall product.

"Corona's guard play hurt us," Caserio said. "They can wiggle to get through the lane and hit some threes. Our guys didn't seem ready. They made us pay in some of the middle stretches tonight."

Gilbert’s 3 captains share championship mindset

By Zach Alvira, GSN Sports Editor Feb 2, 2021

It’s been two years since Gilbert High School’s basketball team stood atop the 5A Conference as champions.

Most players from that championship team, including co-captains Doc Self and Carson Towt, have since moved on to compete at the collegiate level. But three players still remain on the varsity roster, all of which learned from Self and Towt how to become better leaders.

Now having stepped into those leadership roles, senior guard Tampa Scott, senior forward Karter Doucette and junior guard Nikko Pentelute are the ones new players lean upon for direction.

“When someone isn’t doing what we want them to do or in the way we do it, they tell them instead of me,” Gilbert coach Jay Caserio said. “Drills, or in the hallway or in campus, just how we treat each other on campus, they’re telling them all of that.”

Each captain brings their own unique skill set to the team both on and off the court.

Scott, a 5-foot-11 guard, encompasses much of the same attributes Self had at Gilbert. His court vision and shiftiness with the ball in his hands sets up teammates for open shots. When needed, however, he’s able to shoot from anywhere on the floor. On defense, he utilizes his speed and quick hands to force errant passes and turnovers, often leading to fast-break points on the other end.

While he isn’t the most vocal leader of the bunch, younger players feed off the example he sets both in practice and games.

“I think in practices, obviously I have my bad days, but whether we are doing sprints or other things I get everybody ready to go and bring them all together,” Scott said. “Leading by example is my thing, whether that’s hitting shots or making plays. If someone has a question about something, they can come to me.”

Much like Scott, Pentelute also has a similar skill set to Self. He is often on the receiving end of assists from Scott and can connect on shots from anywhere on the court.

Caserio said the 6-foot-1 junior guard brings a different level of intensity to the team and has become the vocal leader. His ability to step into that type of role came from his freshman year learning under Self, who was known to be a boisterous presence in the locker room and weight room.

So much that the team has since named his favorite exercise — the battle ropes — after him. They’re now known as “Docos.”

“It was the one exercise Doc could really be as loud as he wanted, and that’s what I see in myself,” Pentelute said. “I love being loud and if someone isn’t doing something, we call them out in the right way. It’s a constructive criticism type of thing.

“Our team is made up mostly of juniors and being a junior myself it’s easy for me to kind of take them under my wing, especially since it’s their first time on varsity for most of them.”

Doucette, the 6-foot-3 senior forward who started for the Gilbert football team as linebacker and wide receiver, brings a physical presence inside the paint for the Tigers.

Much like Scott and Pentelute did learning under Self, Doucette took after Towt, who since graduating from Gilbert transferred to Northern Arizona as a walk-on and this month was put on full scholarship. Doucette said his talent on the gridiron has translated well to the hardwood. “I’m more physical with everybody and it helps my confidence, personally,” Doucette said. “It helps to be strong with the ball and vocally, because you have to have that mentality of being physical or someone else is going to be more physical to you.”

The trio still recalls Gilbert’s championship with ease. And there’s a constant reminder of what the program is capable of on a banner hanging in the gym known as “The Jungle” to Gilbert faithful.

Despite having a team filled mostly with players who were either not part of the program or at the lower level two years ago, they all believe the pieces are in place to make yet another run at the title.


Gilbert defense clamps down on Casteel, 55-27
January 22, 2021 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365

Gilbert's boys basketball team is showcasing new faces - more than in the past two seasons - so it may take time for them to get their footing. A good start came Friday night in its home opener with San Tan Region rival Casteel.

Led by a relentless defense, Gilbert's second-half domination proved lethal in a 55-27 romp. The win evened Gilbert's record at 1-1 while Casteel fell to 0-3 in its first week under new coach Aaron Windler.

"Our defense was really good, I think they scored nine points in the second half," Gilbert coach Jay Caserio said. "I thought the on-the-ball defense by Tampa (Scott) and KJ (Perry) was outstanding. We were good in the first half and a lot of times its hard to sustain that. Tonight it might have been even better in the second half."

Tampa Scott, a senior in his third varsity season, is Gilbert's clear-cut leader and lone returning starter.

"Tampa, he's got to be our guy," Caserio said. "Unselfish. He distributes the ball well, and the defense he plays is unbelieveable."

Defense has been his forte all along and it seemed contagious as the rest of the Tigers followed suit not matter their position on the floor. Gilbert limited Casteel to 11 of 43 shooting from the field (26 percent).

Scott contributed nine points sinking three treys. The only other player with a decent amount of varsity experience - Nikko Pentelute - chimed in with eight points. Two of his baskets were threes.

Perry, a lightning quick sophomore, was the Tigers' first player off the bench. His trey as time ran out in the first half bumped Gilbert's lead to 28-18. The Tigers' advantage would never dip below double digits the rest of the game. They outscored Casteel, 27-9, in the second half. For the game Casteel made 11 of 43 shots (26 percent), and only one three.

Perry and newcomer via out-of-state transfer Carter Korab tied for game-high scoring honors with 14 points apiece. Korab, a 6-foot-6 senior, has made an impression in his first two games. He grabbed 17 rebounds in the Tigers' season-opening loss at Centennial and will be a double-digit scorer often.

Rounding out the contributions of the starters was 6-6 junior post Reed Shuey. Shuey netted eight points and was on the finish of a pair of second-half transition baskets.

Top scorers for Casteel were Tyson Coleman with eight points and Liam Burt with seven. Casteel endured a pair of six-point losses prior to Friday, bowing to Higley and Red Mountain.





(AzPreps365 photo)

CASTEEL vs. GILBERT 01/22/2021