|2012-13 JACKRABBIT ROSTER|
|0||Armando Saucedo||5' 6"||140||JR|
|3||Christian Harris||6' 0"||170||JR|
|10||Cameron Washburn||5' 11"||135||SO|
|11||Jalen Jenkins||6' 4"||185||SO|
|12||Isaac Allen||6' 10"||215||JR|
|20||Andres Gurrola||5' 11"||155||SO|
|21||Sumeet Khara||6' 1"||145||SO|
|22||Jordan Thomas||6' 7"||210||SR|
|24||Kale Abbott||6' 1"||170||SO|
|25||D.J. Henderson||6' 1"||165||SR|
|34||Dan Richards||6' 2"||145||SR|
|42||David Herrera||5' 8"||135||JR|
|43||Felipe Velazco||6' 6"||190||JR|
|2012-13 JACKRABBIT SCHEDULE|
|11/19||Monday||6:15PM||Hamilton||(L) 65-67||0 - 1|
|11/20||Tuesday||6:15PM||Agua Fria||(W) 64-60||1 - 1|
|11/21||Wednesday||7:45PM||Mountain Ridge||(W) 64-47||2 - 1|
|11/24||Saturday||7:00PM||Gilbert||(W) 51-50||3 - 1|
|11/27||Tuesday||7:00PM||Away||McClintock||(W) 73-67||4 - 1|
|11/29||Thursday||7:00PM||Home||Red Mountain||(W) 62-50||5 - 1|
|11/30||Friday||7:00PM||Away||Camelback||(W) 60-50||6 - 1|
|12/04||Tuesday||7:00PM||Away||Skyline||(W) 67-50||7 - 1|
|12/07||Friday||7:00PM||Away||Marcos de Niza||(W) 72-63||8 - 1|
|12/13||Thursday||7:00PM||Home||Dobson||(W) 57-40||9 - 1|
|12/14||Friday||7:00PM||Away||Westwood||(W) 62-32||10 - 1|
|12/18||Tuesday||7:00PM||Home||Westwood||(W) 68-27||11 - 1|
|12/26||Wednesday||9:00PM||Carson (NV)||(W) 55-30||12 - 1|
|12/27||Thursday||7:00PM||Temecula Valley (CA)||(W) 60-39||13 - 1|
|12/28||Friday||8:30PM||Compton Dominguez (CA)||(W) 58-44||14 - 1|
|12/29||Saturday||5:00PM||Mission Hills (CA)||(L) 53-60||14 - 2|
|01/08||Tuesday||7:00PM||Home||Desert Mountain||(L) 47-49||14 - 3|
|01/10||Thursday||7:00PM||Home||Mountain View||(W) 61-50||15 - 3|
|01/15||Tuesday||7:00PM||Home||McClintock||(W) 65-54||16 - 3|
|01/17||Thursday||7:00PM||Away||Red Mountain||(W) 67-64||17 - 3|
|01/18||Friday||7:00PM||Away||Boulder Creek||(W) 71-37||18 - 3|
|01/22||Tuesday||7:00PM||Away||Mountain Pointe||(L) 47-49||18 - 4|
|01/24||Thursday||7:00PM||Away||Mountain View||(W) 43-38||19 - 4|
|01/25||Friday||7:00PM||Home||Skyline||(W) 80-59||20 - 4|
|01/29||Tuesday||7:00PM||Home||Mountain Pointe||(W) 71-63||21 - 4|
|01/31||Thursday||7:00PM||Home||Nogales||(W) 69-58||22 - 4|
|02/01||Friday||7:00PM||Home||Marcos de Niza||(W) 66-63||23 - 4|
|02/06||Wednesday||5:45PM||Chaparral HS||Mountain Pointe||(W) 53-51||24 - 4|
|02/08||Friday||7:30PM||Chaparral HS||Pinnacle||(L) 73-76||24 - 5|
|02/16||Saturday||7:00PM||Mesa||Dobson||(W) 68-64||25 - 5|
|02/19||Tuesday||2:30PM||ASU||Desert Mountain||(L) 51-64||25 - 6|
Mesa Game Recaps - Video
Mesa-Dobson ● February 16, 2013
Henderson, Allen, defense send Mesa
past Dobson and into quarterfinals
By Al Bravo, Special to Tribune
With a little inspiration and a renewed focus after halftime, fourth-seed Mesa erased a lackluster first half against a dangerous city rival.
Sophomore Jalen Jenkins had 25 points, 15 in the second half, as the Jackrabbits pulled away from No. 13 Dobson for a 68-54 win Saturday night in the round of 16 of the boys Division I state basketball tournament. GALLERY
With Saturday’s win, Mesa advances to the 2:30 p.m. quarterfinal game against No. 5 Desert Mountain on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Arena.
The Jackrabbits failed to reach the playoffs last season after a run to the semifinals in 2011.
“Before the game we watched some inspirational videos,” Jenkins said. “We were mentally focused, he told me we had to step everything up. I tried to take leadership out there. I’m young, I’m just learning but we’ve learned a lot since last year.”
The Jackrabbits used superior defense to keep the game low scoring and neutralize the Mustangs’ big guns. Dobson's Jaron Hopkins had nine points - five in the first three quarters - and Ryan Richardson had seven, all in the second half. Both ended up fouling out and could not rally Dobson as they did in a first-round win over Highland.
“I think our guys did a great job, team defense the whole night,” Mesa coach Shane Burcar said. “We couldn’t shoot in the first half but they only had 17 so we had a three-point lead. But we carried that into the second half.”
Instead, Mesa played its methodical game, trying to get the ball inside to 6-foot-10 Isaac Allen. The Jackrabbits (25-5) couldn’t get their shots to fall in the first half but with its stifling defense – and a late three by reserve Kale Abbott – had a 20-17 lead at the break.
“Second half we started making shots, change of pace worked to our advantage,” Burcar said. “They missed shots that they normally make but our guys stepped up.”
Christian Harris hit a pair of baskets in the first 75 seconds of the second half to set the tone. D.J. Henderson began his second-half run with a long three with 4:29 left in the third quarter and all of a sudden Mesa had a 28-17 lead. Henderson finished with 19 points, all in the second half, including 10 of 12 from the line in the final two minutes to help seal it.
“During halftime, everyone was focused,” Jenkins said. “We took good shots in the first half but we weren’t making them so we came out in the second half, put up some shots and came out ready to play.”
For Dobson (18-12), Kodi Justice tried to pick up the slack, finishing the night with 21 points but it wasn’t enough against the quick, opportunistic Jackrabbits.
“In the third quarter, we left their shooters (open),” Dobson coach Rick McConnell said. “We did a good job in the first half of not leaving their shooters and that was the difference in the game. They stretched it out and we just had to scramble the rest of the way.”
Jenkins took it the basket twice in opening minutes of the fourth quarter against Hopkins to keep Mesa in control.
“Jalen can get to the rim because they've got to guard the other guys,” Burcar said.
The "other guys" include Allen, who finished with 16 rebounds, and Harris, who hit 3-pointers from either side of the perimeter in the pivotal third quarter.
“A lot of people think we are delaying but we’re not, we’re using our athletic ability, our skills, our big guys to our advantage,” Burcar said.
Mesa-Mountain View ● January 10, 2013
basketball pushes pace to beat Mountain View
Mesa boys basketball coach
Shane Burcar prefers his team use a controlled chaos to be effective.
Mesa-Desert Mountain ● January 08, 2013
Desert Mountain survives No. 1 Mesa
By Richard Obert, azcentral
Junior point guard Rolando Rhymes took over the third quarter, and junior forward Mark Andrews made the big defensive stop at the end, helping fourth-ranked Scottsdale Desert Mountain survive No.1 and host Mesa 49-47 Tuesday night in a Division I boys basketball game.
Rhymes, who had to sit out all of last season after transferring from Phoenix St. Mary’s, hit two 3-pointers to start the second quarter, giving Desert Mountain a 17-10 lead.
With 6-foot-10 junior center Isaac Allen making it difficult to score on inside, Desert Mountain (13-2) scored just one more point in the final 6:25 of the half.
But, in the third quarter, Rhymes dribbled past Allen and others in transition, triggering a 16-6 run and giving Desert Mountain a 34-28 lead with a less than three minutes left. Rhymes, who scored 23 points, also had two assists in the pivotal period.
“When he gets in the open floor, that is when he is at his best,” Desert Mountain coach Todd Fazio said. “They were taking away our shooters. They were face-guarding the corners. They really didn’t have any help on the dribble, and he’s really good at penetrating. He didn’t have anyone to kick it to like he normally does. He had to make shots.”
Desert Mouintain’s best shooter, Diego Magana, was held scoreless. But Desert Mountain found others to help out.
Andrews, Desert Mountain’s biggest player at 6-6, was a beast in the block during critical times early and late in the game.
He made it tough for Allen to get off a good shot at the end, blocking him out and grabbing the rebound as time ran out.
A few times in the third quarter, Rhymes dribbled past Allen for lay-ups. Allen, who has made major improvements since his freshman year, had 15 points for Mesa (14-3). He had three straight dunks to end the first quarter and early in the second quarter.
Allen once was called for goal-tending on Will Goff’s shot in the final quarter.
“Their transition defense, we noticed in the first half, was a little weak,” Rhymes said. “They like to crash boards. But if we get out on the break, we are able to get a lot of easy shots.”
Mesa had a chance at the end after Andrews missed the front end of a one-and-one with 20 seconds left and Desert Mountain leading by two points. Desert Mountain had a foul to give before Mesa would go to the line. It took one with 12 seconds left.
Desert Mountain, especially Andrews, was waiting for Allen to try to make a shot close to the basket at the end.
“I thought Isaac was good offensively, but we didn’t stop Rhymes,” Mesa coach Shane Burcar said. “We didn’t pass the ball. We scored 47 points. That’s not getting it done. We have to pass the ball better and make plays.”
Mesa-Dobson ● December 13, 2012
Balance again key as No. 2 Mesa boys hoops drops No. 6 Dobson
By Kyle Odegard, Tribune
The Mesa and Dobson boys basketball teams may have the best collections of elite talent in the state.
The second-ranked Jackrabbits put it to good use on Thursday night, but the Mustangs must go back to the drawing board.
Mesa used its depth and balance to control the game, picking up a 57-40 win over the No. 6 Mustangs in a Division I matchup on Thursday night at Mesa High.
D.J. Henderson had 15 points, Dan Richards 14 and Isaac Allen added 12 points and 11 rebounds as Mesa shrugged off a slow start to secure the win. The Jackrabbits trailed by five points with 3:28 left in the first quarter but went on a 35-8 run to take a 22-point lead early in the third quarter.
Dobson pulled to within five points with 4:25 remaining, but the Jackrabbits scored the final 12 points to secure the the win.
The game had the atmosphere of a playoff contest with a packed gym and a television audience. It was a matchup of the Tribune’s top-two ranked preseason teams.
“We were hyped for this game for four days,” Allen said. “We started off way too excited because we just wanted to blow them out of the water. But we settled down after halftime and did really good.”
While the pace was frenetic and the game was sloppy, Mesa did a much better job of getting quality looks.
Dobson has a pair of players — Kodi Justice and Jaron Hopkins — who are committed to Pac-12 programs, but there was no cohesion in the half court.
Hopkins shot 5-of-22 from the field and 5-of-12 from the free throw line, finishing with 15 points. Justice was 2-of-11 from the field, including 1-of-10 from behind the 3-point line, for only five points.
“We’ve really struggled with trying to be patient and not force shots, and sometimes it’s on the ridiculous end,” Dobson coach Rick McConnell said. “We’re not really sure what else we can do, so we just take the hardest shot we can find.”
When Hopkins and Ryan Richardson transferred to Dobson in the summer to join Justice, the Mustangs were immediately elevated to one of the main title contenders. However, this is a second straight humbling loss after getting beaten by Corona del Sol on Friday.
Justice missed the first seven games of the year with a foot fracture and is still rounding into shape, but the bigger concern is the lack of offensive chemistry.
“There’s a huge art to finding the open guy and making other people better,” McConnell said. “We really just need to calm down. Boy, oh, boy. We didn’t shoot it well at all, but shooting has so much to do with delivering the ball to people right on time and in rhythm. That’s the key to shooting...I think we can do it, but in the last two games we’ve just gotten wild and wilder.”
Mesa has now won nine straight games after an season-opening loss to Hamilton, and the scoring balance has been a big key. Henderson leads the way with 16.7 points per game and every other starter averages at least 8.0 points per contest.
“That’s the thing about our team,” Mesa coach Shane Burcar said. “D.J., a lot of people think he’s our best player, and he probably is. Last week he shot (only) eight and nine times. That’s unheard of. But he doesn’t care. He’s making the extra pass. That’s where we’re at with our depth and talent. It’s about the team.”
Mesa-Red Mountain ● November 29, 2012
Mesa tops Red Mountain for fifth win of the season
Mesa (5-1) hosted Red Mountain (5-2) in their first of two meetings this season. After getting off to a sluggish start and trailing 25-22 at the half, the Jackrabbits came out scorching in the 2nd behind the hot shooting of Junior guard Christian Harris. Harris hit five 3-pointers and led the Jackrabbits with 17 points.
Balance, balance, balance has been the key
for the Jackrabbits this season as they have had four different players
lead them in scoring their first six games. Senior DJ Henderson had 12 (10
in the second half), Isaac Allen had yet another double-double with 12
points and 11 rebounds, Jalen Jenkins had 10 points and 6 assists, while
Felipe Velazco put the game on ice with a two-handed monster slam
accompanied with a foul. Senior Jordan Thomas took a key charge early in
the game on Red Mountain's star player, Travis Meeker, to give him his
second foul in the first half and really changed the flow of the game.
Senior Dan Richards as well as sophomore Sumeet Khara held Meeker to 2
field goals and 14 points below his season average. Mesa closed the game
out at the free throw line with the final being 62-50. There is no time to
rest, as Mesa travels to Phoenix to play Camelback on Friday 11/30.
Mesa-McClintock ● November 27, 2012
Jackrabbits use balanced attack to defeat McClintock
Mesa jumped out to a 16-0 lead, sparked by a Jalen Jenkins Tomahawk dunk in the middle of the lane and followed by back to back three pointers by Christian Harris and DJ Henderson. Mesa went into halftime up 38-17, as Isaac Allen dominated the paint defensively. Mesa held a late 15 point lead, when McClintock hit a barrage of three pointers to make the score look closer than the game was. Final was 73-67.
DJ Henderson finished with 20, Christian
Harris 15, Jalen Jenkins 15, and Isaac Allen had 8 points, 11 rebounds,
and 8 blocks.
Fear the Hop Championship ● November 24, 2012
HOP CHAMPIONSHIP GAME GALLERY
|2012-13 JACKRABBIT STATISTICS|
|MESA - DESERT MOUNTAIN|
|MESA - DOBSON|
|MESA - PINNACLE|
|MESA - NOGALES|
|MESA - MOUNTAIN VIEW|
|MESA - DESERT MOUNTAIN|
|FEAR THE HOP CHAMPIONSHIP|