The Gilbert High School boys basketball team's offense wasn’t at its best Tuesday night, but the Tigers’ defense was effective enough to get the job done.
The Tigers limited visiting Dobson to 10 points in the first half and withstood a withering third-quarter surge to win, 49-35, in the first round of the 5A state basketball tournament.
Gilbert will face host Marana Mountain View on Thursday.
Gilbert didn’t allow a field goal in Dobson’s four-point second quarter and didn’t give up a two-point field goal until 2:24 of the third quarter — a Jeff Hibbing lay-in that was part of an 11-0 Mustang run.
Mike Grothaus’ 12 points and Ryan Toolson’s 11 led the balanced Tigers, while Micah VanHilsen took the lead shackling Hibbing, who did not score in the first half and finished with 10 points.
In other tournament games:
PARADISE VALLEY 43, PHOENIX NORTH 41: Jon Ward sank a two-point shot with 4 seconds remaining in regulation to seal a victory for the visiting Trojans. Teammate Brooks French scored 10 points and Calvin Chitwood added nine.
North's Daron Stafford led all scorers with 12 points.
MARCOS DE NIZA 75, GLENDALE DEER VALLEY 46: The Padres defeated the Skyhawks as DuBois Williams led the Padres with 19 points while teammate L.J. Jones added 14.
DESERT VISTA 69, TUCSON AMPHITHEATER 53: Clint Polk had 18 points in the host Thunder’s (25-4) victory.
Xavier Kilby had 14 points and Mickey Wheeler 13 for Desert Vista, which will play Tucson Salpointe in the second round.
PHOENIX GOLDWATER 63, DESERT MOUNTAIN 53: The host Bulldogs outscored the Wolves, 17-11, in the final period to record a first-round victory. Chad Goldstein led Desert Mountain with 17 points and Tanner Peyton added 11.
SAGUARO 71, PEORIA SUNRISE MOUNTAIN 54:
The host Sabercats jumped out to an 18-7 lead in the first quarter and led throughout the game.
Edwin Buffmire led the Sabercats with 25 points, and Derek Tarapacki and Danny O'Boyle each added 16.