Gilbert boys basketball resilient in win over Red Mountain

Gilbert boys basketball resilient in win over Red Mountain

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Gilbert boys basketball resilient in win over Red Mountain

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It was a rough week for Gilbert’s boys basketball family.

Sophomore center Truman Moore’s father died of a sudden heart attack Tuesday. Junior point guard Anthony Bryant lost his grandfather on Friday.

Without Moore (who was attending his father’s viewing), Gilbert found a way to beat rugged Mesa Red Mountain 51-47 Friday night in a Division I game at Gilbert.

Bryant dribbled past defenders twice in the final two minutes for baskets to key the win, which came three days after Gilbert lost a double overtime thriller to rival Gilbert Highland.

“It was a team effort the whole time,” Bryant said. “(Moore) is a big part of our team. We can’t get to the post on offense without him. He’s a big help.”

Still, Gilbert (9-2) managed to find its spots in the middle against a physical Red Mountain team (9-3) determined to make it a half-court game.

Coach Jay Caserio said it was difficult without the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Moore in the post.

“Huge emotional loss to Highland on Tuesday,” Caserio said. “It’s been a pretty tough week for the guys.

“For them to come out on the court like this and play a really good team that defends you really well, and hang in there, I was pretty pleased.”

Red Mountain scored the game’s first six points, as Gilbert star swingman Conner Helvig had to head to the bench after picking up two fouls in the first minute.

After Andy Session’s 3-pointer gave Red Mountain a 9-3 lead, Gilbert, led by Spencer Nicolds’ five points, took a 14-11 lead late in the quarter.

Sessions hit another 3 to end the quarter, but Gilbert took the lead, 27-23, late in the half.

Red Mountain, led by Northern Arizona-signee guard Travis Meeker’s eight, third-quarter points, led 38-37 entering the final quarter.

Gilbert held Red Mountain to just a Meeker jump shot in the final minute.

“It was an ugly game,” Caserio said. “Turnovers.

“I think we set basketball back about a thousand years, right there.”

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