A new era in Burbank High basketball history began Monday night when the Bulldogs opened the season against visiting Eagle Rock High in a nonleague contest.
Ernest Baskerville has taken over as the head coach, but the Bulldogs showed they haven’t missed a beat, winning 86-64.
“I’ve got some guys that were hungry to have someone coach them,” said Baskerville, who only began coaching the team about a month ago. “They were really well coached beforehand and they were hoping someone would come in and continue doing what was being done.”
Burbank hit 14 of 30 attempts from three-point range, five of which came from senior Miles D’Agostin, who finished with a team-high 25 points.
“I’ve been watching him the whole time I’ve been working with him. He’s ready for a breakout season,” Baskerville said of D’Agostin, who played at the junior varsity level last year.
D’Agostin, who is the nephew of former Burbank girls’ basketball coach John D’Agostin, said he has enjoyed his short time with Baskerville.
“He just tells me to shoot, so I feel comfortable that he’s not going to get mad if I miss shots. He just tells me to be myself,” D’Agostin said.
Burbank never trailed in the contest but was never in full command until the fourth quarter.
After leading 21-18 at the end of the first quarter and 40-32 at halftime, Eagle Rock made things interesting in the third quarter, getting as close as 59-54 with less than a minute to play before the final quarter.
Burbank got a key three-point basket from Guram Dumbadze with two seconds left in the quarter to give the Bulldogs a 62-54 cushion heading into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, it was all Bulldogs, as Burbank limited Eagle Rockstar Mitchell Gravino Jr. to just four points in the fourth quarter. Gravino finished with a game-high 30 points.
Abiel Pearl, who finished with nine points, hit two key three-pointers in the final quarter.
Leo Tahmasian had 13 points for Burbank. Issac Anglade and Jared Pasion each had nine points. Angel Ibarra and Jalen Clark each had six points. Dumbadze had five points. Erik Harutyunyan had three points and Ben Burnham had one point.