BASHA vs. GILBERT
November 20, 2018 by Les Willsey, AZPreps365
Individual high resolution photos from this game are are
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A lot of threes went down Tuesday night with Basha and
Gilbert tangling on the second day of pool play at the annual Welcome to
the Jungle Invite.
As it turned out, Gilbert needed a pair of Paul Maldonado free throws in
the final 13 seconds to seal the deal as the Tigers held off Basha, 62-60,
at Gilbert High.
Maldonado, a junior guard, was torrid from three-point range all evening.
He connected on 6 of 8 treys, including five in a row during a portion of
the second quarter to the third. Gilbert made 11 threes for the evening.
Basha, playing from behind most of the game, kept pecking away with the
help of threes. The Bears sank nine. They trailed 52-42 with 3:59 to play,
but played with a never-say-die mentality that gave them a chance to the
Sophomore guard Trenton McLaughin led Basha's balanced offense with 15
points, including three 3s. Tyler Pugh added 13 points (three 3s) and Jake
Moore 12 points and Cj Noder 10 points (three 3s).
Senior guard Doc Self got Gilbert rolling early with three first-quarter
3s and finished with 15 points. Jake Ehmann, a transfer from Ohio, added
11 points doing most of his work inside. Gilbert (2-0) faces Pinnacle
(2-0) for that pool's title and a spot in Friday's title game. Pinnacle
won the late game Tuesday night with ease, 81-55, over Desert Ridge (0-2).