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.
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.
“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.
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.