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Burbank Boys Basketball Outlasts Blair

For much of the postseason the Burbank High boys’ basketball team has been the team that has rallied to pull off a number of upset victories.
Saturday night things were a little different for the Bulldogs against Blair High of Pasadena.
Blair gave Burbank all it could handle and then some in forcing overtime before the Bulldogs prevailed 73-70 in the second round of the CIF Division 4 state touranment.
Burbank will host Immanuel High of Reedley in the semifinals of the Southern Region on Tuesday.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“What I’m proud of most tonight is that we got off to a better start,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said. “Every game we’ve had a slow start. Tonight we got out to a 21-14 lead, so I think the good start helped us with our win.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We knew coming in that Blair was a lot like us in that the fight was always going to be there. They’re athletic, they like to drive. I thought we did a pretty good job of putting the ball in the hole tonight. We made more free throws, so I was proud of us offensively. We kept our composure.”
Burbank (25-9) actually led 17-4 early on in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs also got a spark from sophomore point guard Tyrese Willis, who finished with 11 points.
“The game plan was to play Tyrese a little more because the minutes he’s gotten in other games, he’s looking more and more confident,” Potts said.
But Blair, which had just nine players and does not have any lower level teams, fought back.
The two teams were tied at 35 at halftime.
Burbank continued to hold the lead until the Vikings took a 60-59 lead with 4:29 to play on a pair of free throws by Jack Dakan.
Dakan gave Blair its only lead of the overtime period when he hit a three-pointer to make it 69-68. He had a game-high 25 points.
Burbank re-took the lead on a basket by Abdullah Kobaissi, which was followed by a pair of free throws from Michael Woods with 49 seconds left in overtime to make it 72-69. Woods led Burbank with 21 points.
Burbank got 12 points from Kobaissi, 11 from Cameron Sweeten and nine from Thomas Clark. Ben Chavez had five points and Faraz Khandaker had four.

Burbank, Burroughs Boys’ Basketball Have Big Things in Mind

Much like their respective football teams, the boys’ basketball teams at Burbank and Burroughs highs have a similar feel. Burbank has a deep nucleus returning. Burroughs has a star leader in Tristen Hull, but is relatively inexperienced around him. Both teams are hoping to achieve similar success to last season when both went deep into the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

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The Bulldogs went 20-11 a year ago and return four of five starters as well as their sixth man. Burbank will carry 14 players with seven seniors and seven sophomores.

Last season the Bulldogs reached the quarterfinals of the Division 2 AA playoffs, before losing to Loyola of Los Angeles.

Burbank is led by 6-foot-2 senior Michael Woods, a first-team all-league pick a year ago. Woods also earned second-team All-CIF honors.

“He does everything for us,” second-year coach Jamayne Potts said. “His job is to give us points or create for others.”

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank will count on Michael Woods to lead the team again. (Photo By: Edward Tovmassian)

Faraz Khandaker (6-3) was the sixth man last season and led the team in rebounding.

“He brings a lot of energy on both sides of the floor,” Potts said.

Cameron Sweeten (5-11) returns as the point guard.

“He dictates our tempo and gets everyone their open looks,” Potts said. “He should lead our league in assists. He has that kind of ability.”

Thomas Clark (6-4) was Burbank’s defensive player of the year last year. He has committed to Macalester College in Minnesota.

Potts said Clark generally takes on the assignment of guarding the opposing team’s tallest player, but is more than an inside presence because of his ability to knock down three pointers.

Ben Chavez (6-2) is also a returning starter and is a solid shooter.

Abdullah Kobaissi (6-3) is a versatile returner who Potts said greatly improved in the summer.

Henrik Anassian (5-8) is a guard who Potts said is one of the smartest players on the team.

“We have some high expectations for ourselves. We would like to get above 20 wins,” Potts said. “We’re also looking to win league. We know it won’t be easy, but with the veteran group that we have we should be competing for (a) league (title). We’d like to make the CIF championship this year.”

Of the sophomores, one interesting player is sophomore Tyrese Willis, who will sit out the first month of the season after transferring from Village Christian. Willis is a 5-5 point guard with a bright future.

Erik Harutyunyan (6-1) and Duncan Smith (6-4) are both experiencing success with the football team and will add some depth when they return.

Jared Pasion (5-7) is a point guard up from the freshmen team. Luke Johnson (5-9), Avi Rivera (5-10) and Chance Van Hook (6-1) are all sophomores who came up from the freshman team.

“We have a senior group that will provide great leadership,” Potts said. “They are mentoring the sophomores so when they graduate those sophomores will be ready to go. The sophomores are talented. They went 24-3 and learned how to win as freshmen.”

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The Indians are coming off an outstanding season in which they went 22-8 and reached the semifinals of the Division 1A playoffs, losing to eventual champion Santa Monica.

Allen Ellis has taken over as coach for Adam Hochberg, who stepped down to spend more time with his family.

Four players return from that team. Mostly notably is the versatile Hull, who has grown 6-7. Hull said he is being looked at colleges like Cal State Los Angeles, Northern Arizona, North Dakota St. as well as others.

“He’s going to have to play all positions at times,” Ellis said. “He’s our five-four man, but he has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create for others. We’re going to utilize that and utilize his strengths the best we can to help the team.”

Photo by: Edward Tovmassian

Tristen Hull is expected to have a big year for Burroughs. (Photo by: Edward Tovmassian)

Like Burbank, Burroughs will carry 14 players on varsity.

Also returning to the varsity are senior power forward Justin Henderson (6-3) and senior small forwards Austin Marx (6-0) and Brannan Shepherd (6-0).

“I think we have a lot of talent. Defensively we’re going to be aggressive and go after it,” Ellis said. “I like our chances throughout the year. I like our chances in league. We’ll be ready to play every single night.”

Junior point guard Stefon Foster (6-2), who was on the junior varsity last year, is expected to take over the playing making duties.

“We have a couple of young guys like Stefon Foster who is going to surprise a lot of people,” Ellis said.

Also up from the junior varsity is sophomore guard Zion Bazzell (6-0).

“We’re excited to watch him play,” Ellis said. “He’s very young, the youngest on the team but he has a great skill set.”

Junior Omar Searcy (5-11) and senior Ryan Del Castillo (6-1) also figure to be in the mix to get significant playing time.

Rounding out the team are seniors Hunter Cutone (5-8), Adam Kaba (6-1), Trevor Renga (6-3), juniors Carson Clarke (6-2), Kevin Rickman (6-0), and DJ Hubbell (5-8).

 

 

Burbank Boys Basketball Shows Promise in Loss

In summer league basketball the scoreboard is generally something of little concern.

That was the case when the Burbank High boys’ basketball team faced host St. Francis in the St. Francis Varsity Shootout Saturday.

Missing several key players, Burbank fell to the Golden Knights 60-38.

“I love this group. We have a good mixture,” Bulldogs coach Jamayne Potts said.
“We have a lot of veterans returning and a lot of young guys returning back into the program. Some are from the freshman team that went 24-3. I think we have a good mixture of seniors and our soon-to-be sophomores.

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Missing against St. Francis were four returning varsity players.

Star Michael Woods was one of those missing players, along with Abdullah Kobaissi, Henrik Anassian and Cameron Sweeten.

Burbank suited just six players, something Potts said that is common with his summer program.

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“For summer, I split the two varsity teams anyway so we’ll be playing with seven,” Potts said. “I believe in development and that everyone is getting maximum repetitions. “

The Bulldogs fell behind 20-9 early on, but cut things to as close as 23-21.

But the deeper St. Francis team pushed the lead back up and cruised to the victory.

Very impressive for the Bulldogs against St. Francis was 5-foot-1 sophomore-to-be Tyrese Willis, who played on the junior varsity team at Village Christian last year.

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The point guard showed great quickness and appears to be able to cause mismatches for opponents.

Also suiting up for the Bulldogs were Anthony Miloyan, Faraz Khander, Ben Chavez, Avi Rivera and Luke Johnson.