An uninspired fourth quarter spoiled the fine effort that the host Burbank High boys’ basketball team gave up to that point against Pasadena in a Pacific League encounter Friday on Senior Night.
Ahead by three points entering the final quarter, Burbank fell short 60-53 as Pasadena senior wing Tyrek Adams scored eight of his game-best 19 points in the fourth quarter.
Adams was aggressive the entire evening as he attacked the rim with authority.
Adams converted 11 of 15 from the charity stripe including six of nine in the fourth quarter and added four hoops that included a pair of ferocious dunks.
A vicious jam by Adams, who is a spectacular football player, with 1:25 left in the final period, put Pasadena ahead 54-53.
“I was waiting for us to finally get going, but you have to give a lot of credit to Burbank,” Pasadena coach Tony Brooks said. “They’re coached well, but we start four seniors and their experience paid off. They’ve been through the [CIF Southern Section] playoffs and they encourage each other.”
Two players scored for Burbank in the final period and they were junior swingman Michael Woods, who had four of his eight points and junior shooting guard/small forward Ben Chavez, who had three of his 11 points.
“We picked it up defensively in the last five minutes of the game,” Brooks said. “Right now we’re first in the league behind Muir (9-3). We’d have to lose the final two games in order for us to be tied with them.”
The shooting percentages were fairly close as Burbank, which is in fourth place in league behind Burroughs and Crescenta Valley at 8-4, hit 20 of 49 from the field for 40.8 percent compared to 17 of 41 for 41.4 percent for Pasadena (17-7 and 11-1 in league).
The difference was at the free-throw line where Pasadena, which has won 10 straight games after losing to host Burroughs 70-66 on Jan. 8, marched to the stripe 27 times while drilling 21.
Burbank (16-10 and 6-6 in league) went to the charity line seven times and made five.
Burbank led 15-12 after the first quarter with senior shooting guard Ellie Hanno scoring eight of his 10 points. Six of the points came via the three-point shot.
Woods was strong in the opening quarter scoring four points and Chavez dropped in a trey.
Four players scored for Pasadena in that quarter with sophomore point guard/small forward Bryce Hamilton tallying four of his 12 points, while Adams had three points as did senior shooting guard/small forward Ben Burgoyne (18 points), who sprayed in the first of four treys.
Pasadena outscored Burbank 14-12 in the second quarter behind five points from Burgoyne, who had a second trey and a hoop.
In the same quarter, Burbank junior forward Thomas Clark, who scored a team-best 15 points, nailed two of his three-pointers and two free throws.
The run continued for Burbank which outscored Pasadena 19-17 in the third quarter as four players scored including Clark’s seven points and five points from senior point guard Cole Barton (seven points).
Chavez added five points and junior point guard Cameron Sweeten tossed in his only bucket in the third quarter.
Adams was effective in the third quarter as he chimed in with six points while Burgoyne had five points and Hamilton added four free throws as Pasadena trailed 46-43.
Burbank will play at Arcadia on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. tipoff and then visit rival Burroughs on Thursday with a 7 p.m. start.