Gilbert to tourney title
East Valley Tribune
Jan. 6, 2008
The Jacksonville Jaguars
won on a last-minute field goal in football. The Mesa Desert Ridge
Jaguars boys basketball team lost on a last-second field goal
Saturday, falling 52-50 to Gilbert High in the finals of the Phoenix
Union Holiday Classic at Central High School. With 11.4 seconds
left, Gilbert coach Jay Caserio drew up a play and sent his Tigers
out to execute it. Kevin Soliz in-bounded the ball to Daniel Carter
behind the timeline.
"We had a play set up for man-to-man, and they went to a zone and we
had to improvise after that," Caserio said.
The switch didn't bother Carter. He drove into a small pocket of
space between four defenders just outside the lane and let his shot
go before the horn sounded. It rolled around the rim once before
dropping in and providing an exciting finish to a tight game.
"I saw there was only a couple seconds left, so I drove to the
basket and then shot it and it went in," Carter said about the final
Desert Ridges Nate Bohy scored 18 points. He kept the Jaguars close
and scored six of their final eight points, including a game-tying
basket at 50-all with 42 seconds left.
"They played really hard, and we knew they were going to have that
intensity, and we were ready for their pressure," Carter said.
Eric Donzella led Gilbert with 12 points each. Desert Ridge
was stung at the foul line, missing eight of 14 shots.
"This is a pretty big game, and the next time these guys are in this
kind of situation again this will help them," Caserio said.
Gilbert captures PUHS tournament
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 5, 2008 11:38 PM
Daniel Carter's leaning shot at the final buzzer hit the rim,
banked off the glass and fell in the basket Saturday night, giving
Gilbert a 52-50 victory over Mesa Desert Ridge and the championship
of the fifth Phoenix Union High School District Boys Basketball
Classic at Phoenix Central High.
"He's a good player," Desert Ridge coach Robb Floco said. "We had
one guy hanging on him and another who tried to take a charge. The
ball was in and out and in."
Gilbert district schools beat Phoenix schools on their way to the
Desert Ridge led 26-24 at the half, and overcame a four-point
deficit in the final 1:30 to tie it, before Carter scored his 13th
and 14th points.
"I think it was a good Gilbert district game," Floco said. "There is
a lot of mutual respect. The kids on both sides played hard.
"After the game, they gave us an ovation and we gave them an ovation
back. It was very respectful."
Desert Ridge (10-5), led by Nate Bohy's 18 points, tried to push
tempo, but Gilbert (12-3) got Desert Ridge into a half-court game in
the second half.
"It was a good, physical game; a good, fundamental defensive game,"
Floco said. "They ran spread (offense). They led by four with a
minute and a half and we forced three turnovers to get back. They
got enough stops."