Faced with a 10-point halftime deficit, the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team went to work and eventually earned a 70-66 Pacific League triumph over visiting Pasadena on Friday evening.
The Indians, who are 11-3 and 1-1 in league, used a pair of 21-point, action-packed quarters in the second half for the rally.
Junior wing Justin Henderson scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half while senior forward Angelo Solis, who grabbed nine rebounds and had two blocked shots, finished with a team-high 19 points, dropped in six points in the second half.
One of the differences was that Burroughs shot 66.6 percent in the second half making 16 of 24.
The Indians connected on nine of 22 attempts in the opening half for 40.9 percent.
“We didn’t play like we normally do,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “But the credit goes to Pasadena. We can’t play 16 minutes and expect to win. We need to play 32 minutes. We need to execute and we didn’t in the first half. We came out in the second half and executed.”
Part of the problem was miscues. “We had 10 turnovers in the first half and we average 10 turnovers for an entire game,” Hochberg said.
The initial quarter was tight as the Bulldogs (7-7 and 1-1 in league) led 12-10 on the strength of four points each from senior small forward Tyrek Adams and sophomore wing Bryce Hamilton.
The Bulldogs then exploded with 26 points in the second quarter as Hamilton (15 points) chipped in with 10 and Adams, who had a game-high 27 points, added eight points.
Something changed in the third quarter as Pasadena was held to 16 points while making six of eight from the field. The Bulldogs’ lead was reduced to 54-49 entering the fourth quarter.
“This was a big game and win for us,” said senior guard Steven Hubbell, who had seven points. “Angelo played big for us and so did Justin.”
In the third quarter, the Indians (25 of 46 for 54.3 percent) drilled nine of 13 from the floor and six of nine from the free-throw line. Burroughs canned 17 of 29 from the charity line.
Burroughs connected on seven of 11 from the field in the final quarter, while holding Pasadena to four of 11.
Senior guard Ross Lee III, who had six assists and three steals, went to work in the fourth quarter as he scored nine of his 11 points, while Henderson, who pulled down three rebounds, dropped in six points.
Lee’s three-pointer cut Pasadena’s advantage to 62-61 with 2:25 left and his hoop with 25 seconds pushed the Indians in front 67-65.
Bench players were also needed as senior reserve guard Eric Allen had all of his points (three) in the final stanza.
Junior forward Tristen Hull added nine points for the Indians including six in the opening half. Senior wing Nick Howard added four points in the second half.
A bucket by Adams with 1:30 showing in the fourth quarter gave the Bulldogs (22 of 38 for 57.8 percent) a 64-63 lead.
Burroughs will continued its league play with a game at Arcadia on Monday with a 7 p.m. start.