FALL IN STATE TOURNAMENT
BY A SCORE OF 56-40
- The No. 7 Thunder nearly lost a 15-2 lead amassed in the
first period, but pulled together midway through the second period and
beyond to top the No. 2 Jackrabbits at Wells Fargo Arena.
Brandon Clarke led Desert Vista with 16 points, 10 in the second half and
six in a row in a final-quarter stretch that blunted Mesa's final hope of
a comeback. Tarik Cool added 12 points and David Powell nine for the
Mesa (26-5) got a team-high 12 points off the bench from Kale Abbott.
Abbott made four threes for all his points. Drew Hatch had eight points
and Darius Godeau chipped in seven. Mesa never led, but cut a 15-2 deficit
to 17-15 with six minutes left in the second quarter.
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GAME DAY GALLERY
- See game day action photos courtesy of photography by Marc Washburn.
TAKE FEAR CHAMPIONSHIP -
Mesa defeated Red Mountain in the finals of the Fear the Hop Holiday
Tournament. The final score was 53-41. Thanks and congratulations to all teams that
TO SUMEET - Senior Sumeet Khara
joined the long list of Mesa players who moved onto the next level.
Sumeet took part in Early Letter of Intent Day and will will be headed to
Colorado School of Mines to play basketball.
HIGH ALUMNI WHO HAVE GONE ON TO THE NEXT LEVEL -
Jackrabbit tradition is rich with All-State players, Player
of the Year winners and those that have gone on to excel at the next
level, including some that have played in professional leagues around the
world. They include David Van Dyke, Lee Cummard, Aaron Fuller, Graham
Hatch, Donte Medder, Michael Crowell and Hakeem Rollins. Read about these
former Jackrabbits on the
WHERE ARE THEY NOW - FORMER
JACKRABBIT BLONDY BARUTI -
After what was described as a worldwide search, ABC has cast Blondy
Baruti, a 6-foot-10 former basketball player from Mesa High, as the lead
opposite Skylar Astin in its untitled NBA buddy comedy pilot. It’s
executive produced by Galavant creator Dan Fogelman, Mandalay Sports
Media’s Peter Guber & Mike Tollin and Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron
Kaplan. Also cast in the pilot, which is being done with the cooperation
of the NBA and the the Guber-co-owned Golden State Warriors, is Laura
Steinel (Draft Day).
UPDATE (02/14/15) - JACKRABBITS WIN
SUPER SECTIONAL - DEFEAT RIVAL MESA MOUNTAIN VIEW 59-44.
MESA REACHES Division I Super Sectional I
1/13/15 - Mesa
junior forward Darius Goudeau is only 6-foot-3, but given how coach Shane
Burcar describes Goudeau's style of play, it's as if teams are dealing
with King Kong.
"He's 6-foot-3 with the heart of a 7-8 guy," Burcar said.
Goudeau had 23 points and 18 rebounds, resembling the tenacious player who
began the season, in Mesa's 68-52 Division I Super Sectional I semifinal
victory over Anthem Boulder Creek on Friday night at Phoenix Sandra Day
Goudeau started the season great, doing the little and big things that led
Mesa to a 10-0 start.
He suffered an ankle injury two weeks ago that slowed him down. But he is
back to pounding the glass and asserting himself inside for layups and
During a key stretch in the final quarter after Boulder Creek (17-11) cut
it to 39-36, Goudeau took over with a steal, a layup, a couple of
rebounds, a three-point play, and Mesa (22-4) was back in control, leading
by 12 with four minutes left.
"I was like this in the beginning of the season," Goudeau said. "My
teammates helped me a lot."
Mesa locked up Boulder Creek's good 3-point shooters down the stretch.
David Cummard and Cam Washburn both defended well, making it less
comfortable for Nick Johnson, Justin Braun and Matt Downey — all lethal
shooters — on the perimeter.
"We just struggled to do some of the little things tonight," Boulder Creek
coach Ryne Holstrom said. "That's what's good about the Super Sectionals.
It allows you to fine-tune before state. We know exactly what we need to
do next week."
Boulder Creek qualified after its win over Phoenix Pinnacle on Wednesday.
The win gives Mesa no less than a four seed and a first-round bye with the
home court in next week's Division I 24-team tournament.
Mesa plays Mesa Mountain View for the Super Sectional championship on
"That's huge for us," Burcar said. "You look at the 24, 25, 26 teams right
now. Every game is going to be a fist fight. You want the highest seed you
can possibly have."
D-I Super Sectional Tournament
Division I Super Sectional Tournament (8 team bracket): In order to
qualify, a school must have scheduled a minimum of 14 games. Based on
section standings, the top four (4) teams in each section will earn an
automatic bid to the super sectional tournament.
In the initial round, the top team in each
section will play the No. 4 team in the opposing section and the No. 2
team in each section will play the No. 3 team in the opposing section. The
super sectional tournament will consist of three rounds and be single
elimination. The rankings will continue to update throughout the super
BASKETBALL RECORDS -
Check out the individual
game, individual season and individual career records on the