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Burroughs Boys Hoops Eliminates Beaumont, 68-42, In Second Round

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


An extraordinary effort was required and one was rendered by the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team in Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division I-A second-round match against visiting Beaumont.

The next challenge for the Indians is a quarterfinal game at Vista Murrieta on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. start.

After a pedestrian opening quarter that saw the Indians trail by a single point, what followed was three quarters in which they outscored the Cougars 53-26 and finished with a 68-42 pasting after making 20 of 33 field goal attempts for 60.6 percent.

Four players reached double digits for the Indians including senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell, who scored a game-best 17 points, senior point guard Ross Lee III (14 points), junior power forward Tristen Hull (14 points) and senior small forward Angelo Solis (12 points).

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Senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell is “Mr. Steady.” On Friday he scored a game-best 17 points in a 68-42 win over Beaumont. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“It was a great win,” said Hubbell, who had five assists with four steals and drained two three-pointers. “Today was our best game. All the players were clicking. We had to be focused on being calm and we wanted to match their tempo.”

Front and center was Burroughs’ defensive pressure that was applied throughout with the guards and forwards meeting the opposition at midcourt in many instances and caused numerous turnovers.

The shooting and ball-handling were superb as the Indians made 25 of 46 from the floor for 54.3 percent and had five turnovers after three quarters and finished with 10.

Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg was asked if this was his team’s best overall game considering the opponent.

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Senior point guard Ross Lee III is a blur after scoring 14 points and hitting three treys. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“Yes, I’ve have to say that it is,” he said. “We knew that looking at film what we could do. We’re battle tested and we’re capable of being the best team we could possibly be.”

Hochberg went on: “This was a great team effort,” he pointed out. “We had a great effort on the glass and we wanted to shut down No. 10 [senior Derreck Affor].”

The Cougars (24-4 and 8-2 for second in the Mountain Pass League) are the real deal as they came into Friday night’s encounter with a 17-2 record over their last 19 games.

The Indians (21-7 and third place in the Pacific League at 9-5) entered the fray having captured eight of their last 11 games and also faced a significant height and weight disadvantage.

The key quarter was the second as the Indians made nine of 13 with six players scoring as Hull tallied six points, while Hubbell and senior small forward Angelo Solis each added four points.

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Junior power forward Tristen Hull pulls up for a jumper. Hull finished with 14 points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians led at the intermission 36-23 after making 14 of 26 and all six free throws and allowing Beaumont (16 of 45 for 35.5 percent) to score seven points and hitting only three of 10 from the field.

The second half began with Burroughs, which converted 12 of 17 from the free-throw line, continuing to shoot well from the floor as it made five of 11.

In the frame, Lee III came alive with eight points that included the first of three from three-point distance.

The Indians drilled six of nine in the fourth quarter and outscored the Cougars 18-7 with Lee III (six assists and three steals) hitting two three-pointers, Hubbell nailing a trey and a free throw and Hull tossing in two buckets.

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Senior small forward Angelo Solis shoots in traffic. Solis had 12 points with 11 rebounds. Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“The first time I saw them [Beaumont], they’re a physically imposing team,” said Hull, who contributed five assists, three steals and one block. “But I knew that the guys would be there. Angelo played an amazing game. I knew that we were going to do whatever it takes to win the game.”

Solis had a strong outing after grabbing 11 rebounds with two blocks and one steal.

Beaumont led 16-15 after the initial quarter after hitting five of 10 from the field and six of six from the charity line with four players scoring four points.

The Cougars, who sank 10 of 18 from the throw line, were paced by Affor, who had 14 points and senior Darnell Eaves with 10 points.

The other Indians who scored were junior wing Justin Henderson with four points, senior point guard Eric Allen with three points, and senior guards Nick Howard and  Jordan Bridges with two points each.

Locals Have Some Success In CIF Opening-Round Matches

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The Burroughs High and Burbank boys’ basketball seasons will continue after two impressive playoff wins on Wednesday.

The Indians bulldozed past host Alhambra 72-45 in a CIF Southern Section Division 1-A match while the visiting Bulldogs pushed aside Garden Grove 62-54 in a Division II-AA encounter.

Both teams have games tonight at home with 7 p.m. starts as the Indians (20-7) face Beaumont (24-3) and the Bulldogs (19-10) meet El Cajon (20-7).

Junior power forward Tristen Hull was nearly unstoppable in the paint as he finished with 24 points along with 10 rebounds and three assists for the Indians, who splashed in 10 from three-point range.

Meanwhile senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell had 17 points with five assists and hit five of six treys.

Senior point guard Eric Allen dropped in eight points with five boards and senior wing Nick Howard added six points with four caroms and two steals.

It was tied early at 5-5, but Burroughs went on a 14-4 spurt and led 19-9 after the first quarter and then pulled ahead by nine points at the break.

“We controlled most of the game,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “We were balanced and we exploited our size.”

The Bulldogs were paced by junior swingman Michael Woods with 16 points followed by senior shooting guard Ellie Hanno and junior forward Ben Chavez each scoring 15 points.

Burbank bolted ahead 21-13 at the first quarter, but Garden Grove outscored the Bulldogs 19-11 in the second quarter and it was tied 32-32 at the half.

The Bulldogs scored 18 points in the third quarter and limited Garden Grove to nine points and pulled in front 50-41 heading into the final quarter.

In other playoff matches, the Burbank girls’ hoop team fell to host Garden Grove 49-44 in overtime in a Division II-AA clash on Thursday.

Senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan’s three-pointer evened it at 41-41 with four seconds left.

The Bulldogs (18-11) led 15-12 after the initial quarter and it was knotted 24-24 at intermission before Garden Grove (21-6) jumped ahead 35-34 after three quarters.

Junior small forward Stephanie Grigorian showed the way for the Bulldogs with 12 points and all of her points came via the three-point line.

The Burbank girls’ soccer team knocked off host Culver City 1-0 in a Division IV match behind a goal from Dalia Farazdaghi in the first half on Thursday.

Bonita routed visiting Burroughs in a Division IV girls’ water polo match 17-6, on Thursday, but senior goalie Kate Wilke had 10 saves and 317 for the season, breaking the mark held by Ahsha Earwood. Wilke finished with 591 saves, 11 more than Earwood.

The visiting Burroughs girls’ soccer squad lost to defending champion La Mirada 5-1 in a Division IV hook up on Thursday.

The Burroughs boys’ soccer team was shut out by visiting Cajon 2-0 in a Division III wild-card contest on Wednesday.

Burroughs Girls Blasts Palmdale In Opening Round, 54-16

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


For much of Thursday night’s CIF Southern Section Division 1-A opening-round girls’ basketball game between Burroughs High and visiting Palmdale, it was a parade to the free-throw line.

On the evening the Indians hit 20 of 30 attempts en route to a 54-16 shellacking of the Falcons.

The Indians will host Arroyo Valley on Saturday in a second-round match with the tipoff to begin at 7 p.m.

From the start, it was clear that Palmdale was overmatched as it committed numerous rough fouls which continued throughout the game.

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Junior forward Haley Wilson scored seven points in a 54-16 rout of Palmdale in a CIF first-round match. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

In the opening quarter, the Indians led 17-4, and went to the charity stripe 11 times while converting eight.

Junior forward Haley Wilson (seven points) made three charity shots, while senior point guard Jordan Meltzer (12 points) and senior guard Abbey Ibarra (game-best 13 points) each dropped in a pair.

“We knew coming in that’s how they played,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “But we wanted to stay focused and play our game. I thought we did what we wanted to do.”

In that frame, Ibarra scored seven points that included the first of two three-pointers.

“This [the physical nature] didn’t bother us because we know it’s going to be physical later on,” said Ibarra, who accounted for all of her points in the first and third quarters. “We just try to stay pumped. We have experience, but it can be taken away quickly.”

When asked why she’s playing so well, Ibarra said she wants to end her career on a high note. “I just try to do things for my team,” she said. “I don’t want it to end.”

The Indians made 11 of 17 free throws in the opening half and nine of 13 in the second half.

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Senior guard Jordan Meltzer chipped in with 12 points. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs (22-7 and 14-0 for first place in the Pacific League) converted four of 11 from the field in the initial period and drilled three of 15 from the floor in the second quarter when Meltzer poured in three points as the Indians pulled ahead 26-6 at the intermission.

Oganyan was confident that the style of play would not alter the final decision. “We knew that they [Palmdale] played hard, but we followed our game plan and we eventually blew it [the game] wide open,” she said.

The Falcons (9-11 and fourth in the Golden League with an 8-6 mark) were stymied in each quarter as they made two of seven in the first quarter followed by one of seven in the second quarter.

Burroughs’ most productive quarter was the third when it exploded for 23 points while limiting Palmdale to one point and took a 49-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

Five players scored for the Indians (16 of 47 for 34 percent) in the third quarter and drilled seven of 13 from the floor with Meltzer tallying seven points, while Ibarra and junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz (seven points) each chipping in with six points.

The fourth quarter was played with a running clock as the Falcons (six of 30 for 20 percent) outscored the Indians 9-5 with senior guard Brittany Trimble scoring all of her four points.

Senior guard Brooke Radcliff had six points, sophomore center Marin Grote four points, freshman guards Jillian Kukawski and Nicole Rumfola each adding two points while freshman guard Ayumi DeHerrera tossed in a point for the Indians.

Junior center Dharma Mitchell paced the way for the Falcons with six points while senior guard Bobbie Gonzales added five points and senior guard Melina Martinez had a point.


Burbank, Burroughs Girls Soccer; Burroughs Boys Soccer In Playoffs

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


It’s during the playoffs that the stakes are raised even higher and they will be for the Burbank High and Burroughs girls’ soccer teams, along with the Burroughs boys’ soccer squad as all three have CIF Southern Section matches this week.

The Lady Bulldogs, who finished in a 2-2 tie against the Lady Indians behind Kira Bochard’s two second-half goals, are the third place team in the Pacific League, while the Indians took fourth.

The teams finished with identical 9-4-1 league marks, but Burbank went 1-0-1 in head-to-head competition against its rival.

The Lady Bulldogs (10-4-3) are on the road in a Division IV match and will face Culver City (15-5-2) on Thursday with the winner playing Immaculate Heart or Mayfair on Feb. 23.

The Lady Indians (12-4-1) have a road date against top-seeded La Mirada (14-5-4) in a Division IV contest on the same day.

Meanwhile, the Burroughs boys’ soccer team (14-6-2) hosts Cajon (11-6-7) at Memorial Field in a Division III wild-card clash on Friday with the winner to face Santa Maria (19-4-1).

CIF Playoffs Await BHS, JB Boys And Girls Hoops; JB Girls Water Polo

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The nonleague and Pacific League portion of the schedules are over, so now it’s time for the postseason to begin this week for the Burroughs High boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, Burbank’s boys’ and girls’ hoop squads and the Burroughs girls’ water polo team.

The Lady Indians (21-7), who captured their fourth consecutive league crown and third straight undefeated league campaign, will host Palmdale (9-10) in a CIF Southern Section Division 1-A opening-round match on Thursday.

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JB senior point guard Ross Lee III (#3), seen here guarding BHS’s Cameron Sweeten, will be involved in CIF opening-round road playoff games. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Meanwhile, the Lady Bulldogs (19-9), who placed fourth in league and were selected as an at-large team, will face Garden Grove (20-6) on the road in a Division II-AA match on Wednesday.

If Burroughs, which knocked off Burbank 46-34 on Friday, prevails, it will play Arroyo Canyon (25-2) or Temecula Valley (16-8) on Saturday.

If Burbank wins, it will meet top-seeded Canyon Country (20-6) or Godinez (13-12) on Saturday.

On the boys’ side, Burroughs (19-7), which fell to city rival Burbank 61-60 on Friday, and finished third in the league, along with Burbank (18-10), which took fourth in league, will both be on the road for first-round games.

The Indians face Alhambra (16-10) on Wednesday in a Division I-A clash, while the Bulldogs take on Garden Grove (21-6) in a Division II-AA battle on the same day.

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Burroughs guard Abbey Ibarra shots over Burbank’s Celine Shamalian. Indians will be at home while the Bulldogs take to the road for CIF games. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

A triumph by the Indians will then have them take on Beaumont (23-3) or La Quinta (13-10) on Friday.

If the Bulldogs emerge victorious in their opening-round game, they will play fourth-seeded El Toro (20-7) or Godinez (16-11) on Friday.

The Burroughs’ girls’ water polo team (14-9), which took second in league, will be on the road to meet Bonita (20-9) on Thursday in a Division IV match.

The victor of that battle will face Mission Viejo or Camarillo in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Burroughs Girls Water Polo Can’t Find Answers, Lose To Crescenta Valley, 18-8

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burroughs High Coach Jacob Cook had an inkling that Thursday’s Pacific League girls’ water polo championship match was going to be tough to win.

What the No. 2 seeded Indians faced was a team that has now claimed seven straight league titles after being routed by Crescenta Valley 18-8 at Burbank High.

The top-seeded Falcons (25-4 and 8-0 in league) were never threatened and were paced by six goals from freshman Alexandra Garas and five from senior Audrey Taylor.

Crescenta Valley was coming off a 23-6 blitz of Glendale while the Indians (14-9 and 6-2 in league) easily ripped through Arcadia.

The CIF Southern Section playoffs begin this week and the seeds will be announced on Sunday.

The Falcons led 5-0 after the first quarter when Garas, who had 15 goals in two tournament games, and Esma Dollaku each scoring two goals while Taylor added one.

Crescenta Valley’s lead expanded to 8-0 before sophomore setter Bianca Sanchez, who had three goals, found the back of the goal for the Indians that made it 8-1.

From this point, Burroughs outscored the Falcons 5-3 with sophomore driver Gwen Turla, who chimed in with a team-best four goals, scoring just before the half as the Indians trailed 11-6.

The Falcons scored five goals in the third quarter and forged a 16-6 advantage before the Indians scored two goals in the fourth quarter, including one from junior driver Dominique Silva.

Burroughs And Burbank Girls Soccer Ends In 2-2 Tie

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Any time rivals get together, it’s likely to be fiercely contested, and when third place is on the table in the Pacific League girls’ soccer standings, it’s even more hotly contested.

Under this scenario, Burbank High rallied for two goals in the second half against visiting Burroughs and ended in a 2-2 tie on Thursday.

Both teams will compete in the CIF Southern Section playoffs and the pairings will be announced on Monday at 10 a.m.

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Burbank hosted Burroughs in the Pacific League finale that ended in a 2-2 tie. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“The first half went in our favor a little bit, but it was pretty close,” Burroughs coach Brady Riggs said. “Burbank plays a lot differently than we do. They kick the ball long and try to get the ball in the box. We pass the ball a lot more.”

Junior forward/midfielder Kira Bochard knocked in a pair of goals for the Bulldogs (10-4-3 and 9-4-1 in league), including the match-tying tally against goalie Emma Bartram with three minutes left.

“Kira has a motor that won’t quit,” Riggs said. “She’s a great player and both of her goals came on just one pass. She doesn’t need a lot of room to score. I think maybe we were a little fatigued as a team in the second half because we had six minutes of extra time added on.”

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The Bulldogs defeated the Indians 2-1, but settled for a 2-2 tie in the regular season capper. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Bochard’s goal in the 20th minute trimmed the Indians’ lead to 2-1 and came against Bartram, who had seven saves.

The Indians (12-4-1 and 9-4-1 in league) took a 1-0 lead when senior forward Jazmine Valdez scored a goal from the right side on a corner kick in the 16th minute against junior goalie Nicole Winters, who had four saves.

With two minutes having elapsed in the second half, sophomore outside backer Maddy Sena’s long shot from the right side over Winters made it 2-0 and was assisted by junior midfielder Mireya Gonzalez.

The Bulldogs knocked off the Indians 2-1 at Burroughs on Jan. 22.

Burbank Boys Cagers Edge Burroughs, 61-60

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


A time out with 7.9 seconds left on the clock that wiped out a game-tying three-pointer may have helped decide Thursday’s Pacific League boys’ basketball game between visiting Burbank High and Burroughs at a jammed-packed and raucous gym.

The Bulldogs’ 61-60 decision over the city rival Indians stood after senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell’s trey was wiped out after Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg asked for a time out.

In fairness, Hochberg tried to call time even earlier in order to set up his offense and defense, but the referee failed to acknowledge the request.

Burbank senior shooting guard Ellie Hanno’s three-pointer with 2:20 left in the fourth quarter gave the Bulldogs a 57-53 lead, and Hanno’s free throw made it 60-57 with 10.1 seconds.

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Burbank senior shooting guard Ellie Hanno (#3) had a game-best 19 points in a 61-60 win. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We played together as a team,” said Hanno, who scored a game-best 19 points. “This is one of the best and biggest games I’ve played in.”

Junior power forward Tristen Hull’s three-point shot at the buzzer cut the lead to one point, but that was it for the Indians (19-7 and 9-5 in league).

“We know going in that it’s a rivalry game and that they’re going to make adjustments from the first meeting [Burroughs won 59-50],” Hochberg said. “We fought back and shot well in the fourth quarter. I’m proud of my guys and my seniors. But you have to execute for 32 minutes and we didn’t. You have to give Burbank credit.”

Both Burroughs and Burbank now await the CIF Southern Section playoff pairings which will be announced on Sunday.

The Indians were tied with Crescenta Valley and a coin flip will determine third and fourth place while the Bulldogs are in fifth place and can hope for an at-large bid.

“Anything can happen when you’re playing Burbank,” said Hubbell, who had seven points with five assists, two steals and two blocks. “We have a strong group and we’re going to get ready for the playoffs.”

Burroughs scored 20 points in the fourth quarter while limiting Burbank (18-10 and 8-6 in league) to 14 points.

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Tristen Hull (#1) scored 17 points with 11 rebounds for the Indians. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Leading the charge in the final quarter was Hull (17 points with six assists, one block and 11 rebounds), who had seven points and junior small forward Angelo Solis (17 points with seven boards, two blocks and two steals) also contributed six points.

Senior point guard Ross Lee III (10 points with three caroms and two assists and three steals) added five points in the same period.

Burbank (38.4 percent on 20 of 52 from the field) pulled ahead 19-11 after the first quarter and was in front 31-20 at the intermission. The Bulldogs were in front 47-40 through three quarters.

“We stayed poised and stayed confident,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said of the close game. “We need to be ready and play strong and make the correct plays. We have the ability to beat any team. We play in a good league and anything can happen.”

Hanno converted five of his team’s 10 three-pointers and had 10 points at the break, while junior swingman Michael Woods scored eight of his 11 points.

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Junior small forward Angelo Solis (#2) dropped in 17 points with seven boards for Burroughs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Solis and Hull each accounted for 13 of their 17 points in the second half.

The Indians made 12 of 21 for 57.1 percent in the second half while holding the Bulldogs to 40.9 percent (nine of 22).

Burbank scored 19 points in the opening quarter with junior small forward Ben Chavez (16 points) hitting two of his four three-pointers.

Hanno had four points that included a three-pointer that gave the Bulldogs an eight-point lead.

Solis scored four points in the first quarter while senior point guard Eric Allen (two rebounds and one assist) had five points.

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Shooting guard Steven Hubbell (#0) defends against point guard Cameron Sweeten. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Hanno canned a pair of three-pointers in the second period and Woods tacked on a pair of hoops while junior small forward Faraz Khandaker (four points) added two free throws.

Junior wing Justin Henderson (two boards and two assists) scored all of his five points in the second quarter for the Indians while Hull and Lee III each added a bucket.

The Indians (20 of 49 for 40.8 percent) outscored the Bulldogs 20-16 in the third quarter after Solis dropped in seven points and Hull tossed in six points.

Chavez’s eight points in the third quarter included two three-pointers and paced the Bulldogs while Hanno and senior point guard Cameron Sweeten (six points) added four points each.


Burroughs Girls Hoopsters Secure Fourth Straight League Crown

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


For the third consecutive season, the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team went undefeated in the Pacific League after pushing aside visiting Burbank on Thursday, 46-34.

The Indians, who have now captured four straight league crowns, are the No. 6th ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A, and await Sunday’s playoff pairings.

“It’s amazing to win four [league] titles in a row,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “To win close games with the good players that we’ve had makes me proud.”

Junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz led the way for the Indians (21-7 and 14-0 in league) with 11 points followed by nine points each from senior guard Abbey Ibarra and senior guard Brooke Radcliff.

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Burroughs’ Brooke Radcliff (left) and Jordan Meltzer (#20) put the squeeze on Burbank’s Celine Shamalian. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Radcliff’s basket with 6:51 left in the fourth quarter gave the Indians a 30-16 edge.

A hoop from Cardenaz made it 34-16 with 5:20 left before Burbank freshman shooting guard Osanna Tirityan nailed a three-pointer with 2:43 left that trimmed the lead to 36-24.

When junior small forward Sabrina Zakarian hammered in a three-pointer and 29.6 seconds showing the Indians’ lead was 44-32.

“We followed our game plan,” Oganyan said. “Most of the game we did a good job of  defending their best players.”

Another steadying force for Burroughs was senior guard Jordan Meltzer, who chimed in with eight points.

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Burbank shooting guard Osanna Tirityan led all scorers with 13 points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

In the clutch, Meltzer canned six of six free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter.

“I’ve been in that exact same position before,” Meltzer said of playing always tough Burbank. “But you have to feel confident in yourself and be mentally focused. There’s a lot of freshmen, sophomores and juniors on this team and they’ve all improved. We’re not very big or tall, but we do get a lot of offensive and defensive rebounds.”

Burroughs (35.4 percent on 17 of 48 from the field) held Burbank (13 of 38 for 34.2 percent) scoreless in the first quarter.

Burbank (18-10 and 8-6 in league), which finished fourth in the league and will also be in the playoffs, missed six shots from the floor in the opening period.

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Abbey Ibarra tossed in nine points for the Indians in a 46-34 win over Burbank. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Meanwhile the Indians converted three of 10 and tallied eight points in the initial stanza with Ibarra scoring five points.

Part of Ibarra’s outburst was the only three-pointer hit on the evening by the Indians.

Burroughs outscored the Bulldogs 8-7 in the second quarter with Ibarra, Meltzer, senior guard Melissa Garcia and Cardenaz all scoring two points.

Zakarian (seven points) nailed a three-pointer for Burbank in the second quarter.

Burroughs nailed 11 of 25 shots for 44 percent in the second half after making six of 23 for 26 percent in the opening half.

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Senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan had an off-night scoring only two points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians continued their strong effort in the third quarter with Radcliff tallying five points while Cardenaz dropped in four points.

Burbank countered with four players scoring in the third quarter including junior center Emma Kerr (six points), Tirityan (game-best 13 points) and senior point guard Celine Shamalian each scoring two points.

“We started slow and we dug ourselves a big hole,” Burbank coach Bruce Breeden said. “Our defense was good and we did a good job on them. But we’re still missing our point guard [senior Ani Sarkisyan], and that’s difficult.”

Burbank trailed at the half, 16-7, and was outscored 30-27 over the second half.

Aside from Meltzer’s six charity tosses in the fourth quarter, junior forward Haley Wilson (six points) scored four points as did Cardenaz while senior guard Taryn Mejia scored all of her two points.

Tirityan had a fourth quarter she’ll remember for a long time as she poured in 11 of her team’s 20 points that included a trey.

Senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan scored her only hoop in the fourth quarter and junior small forward Stephanie Grigorian dropped in a bucket in the second quarter for the Bulldogs who trailed 28-14 after three quarters.

Burroughs Uses Fourth Quarter For A 71-56 Win Over Glendale

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Knowing what awaited on Thursday night, the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team may have been looking ahead.

But what the Indians faced on Tuesday afternoon was a stubborn and feisty host Glendale team that gave the Indians everything in its arsenal and then some.

When Glendale sophomore shooting guard Eli Degarte scored and added a free throw with 3:40 left in the third quarter, the Nitros came within 42-41.

In the end, though, Burroughs was too deep and too talented and after a scare, pulled away for a 71-56 win in a Pacific League game.

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Reserve point guard Eric Allen, shown here against Crescenta Valley, poured in six points versus the Nitros. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Indians were terrific in the first and fourth quarters, and not so good in the second and third quarters.

Burroughs, which will host city rival Burbank on Thursday with a 7 p.m. start, shot 50 percent (16 of 32) from the field in the opening half and led 37-28.

“That whole second group was really effective,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said of his reserves. “That second group pushed it [the lead] back up to 14 points. I have full confidence in them.”

They partially included senior point guard Eric Allen (six points), senior wing Elijah Cain (four points), senior wing Nick Howard (two points) and senior center Garrit Green (two points).

In the second half, the Indians connected on 12 of 29 for 41.3 percent, and held the Nitros (9-17 and 2-11 in league) to a three of 15 from the field in the fourth quarter.

Burroughs (19-6 and 9-4 in league) outscored Glendale 21-10 in the fourth period while making seven of 16 from the floor and six of seven from the free-throw line. Overall the Indians converted nine of 14 from the charity stripe.

“We know for us it’s how we approach the game mentally,” Hochberg said. “We weren’t in to it mentally for 32 minutes.”

Junior wing Justin Henderson accounted for nine of his 16 points in the final period, junior power forward Tristen Hull tallied five of his game-best 18 points and senior small forward Angelo Solis had five of his nine points.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Tristen Hull (#1) scored a game-best 18 points and Justin Henderson (#14) added 16 points. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Henderson’s hoop with 2:16 remaining in the fourth quarter made it 66-51 and forced the Nitros to ask for a time out.

A 24-point first-quarter explosion by Burroughs (28 of 61 for 45.9 percent) pushed the visitors to an 11-point lead with Hull scoring eight points and reserve senior point guard Jordan Bridges hitting a pair of three-pointers for his night’s scoring.

Senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell tacked on the first of his two treys in the opening quarter and had five of his eight points as the Indians converted 10 of 15 from the field.

The Nitros (21 of 47 for 44.6 percent) outscored the Indians 15-13 in the second quarter behind senior forward Daniel Gonzalez (nine points) and junior guard Edrik Abnous Masihi (team-high 14 points) with each scoring five points.

Five players scored for Glendale in the third quarter as Degrate (seven points) scored five and junior guard Mike Chebishian canned two three-pointers for his only points.

Henderson dumped in four points in the third quarter for the Indians, who made five of 13 and led 50-46.