Bulldogs Can Only Play Waiting Game After 60-49 Victory Over Indians

Burbank High vs John Burroughs Basketball. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Burbank High had an answer for Burroughs as they defeated the Indians 60-49 Thursday night at Burroughs ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It is going to be a long weekend for the Burbank High boys’ basketball team. Not only because of the President’s Day Holiday on Monday that they and the rest of their classmates will enjoy, but because they will anxiously await the CIF Southern Section to release the playoff brackets following Pacific League action which ended on February 9.

The Bulldogs took care of what they controlled, beating rival Burroughs, 60-49, but learned just before tip-off that Glendale had also taken care of business against Hoover. Both teams finished the regular season with identical 6-8 league marks, but the Nitros claimed the final guaranteed playoff spot by virtue of their sweep of Burbank on the season.

Burbank now waits hoping its 14-13 overall record and its recent success in the post season will be good enough to justify a CIF postseason with inflated divisions and brackets as much about profit at the ticket window as anything else. A spot is all Burbank needs; two seasons ago it rode a hot streak to the CIF Finals before losing to Compton.

Kalen Verhoeven looks to work the ball inside a tough Burbank defense Thursday night ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank allowed the Indians — 2-12 in league and 9-18 overall — to hang around just as it had when the two teams clashed on January 20. The Bulldogs led by as little as five in the final period. However, the Indians could draw no closer and their season would end with a last place finish for the second straight season.

Burroughs had no answer for Andre Spight who finished with a game-high 27 points despite missing his first five shots up against some adrenaline and nerves in the tense rivalry game.

Remy Youssefi added 11 points for Burbank. Burroughs was led by Zeke Zuniga’s 12 points.

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