The Burbank High boys’ basketball team knew beating visiting Camarillo High would not be easy in the semifinals of the Burbank Tournament Friday.
Sure enough, Camarillo was as good as advertised in an 85-68 victory.
But the Bulldogs left coach Ernest Baskerville happy with the team’s effort.
“We never quit. We’ve seen this team put up over 100 points for two games. We tried to slow them down and keep them below 80,” Baskerville said. “That team, you think it is a one-man show, but it is not. He has multiple weapons.”
Camarillo (6-0) pressed all over the court and forced Burbank into 18 turnovers.
Camarillo’s 6-foot-6 UCLA-bound star Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 29 points. It was just the second time Jaquez scored less than 30 points through the first six games of the season.
“We all play together and we all know the ultimate goal is to win and we buy into that,” Jaquez said of his team.
Burbank (4-1) never led in the contest.
Camarillo led 17-12 at the end of the first quarter and extended the lead to 42-24 at halftime. Burbank trailed 68-38 at the end of three quarters, before battling back in the final quarter.
Miles D’Agostin led Burbank, as he finished with 24 points and hit four three-pointers. Teammate Abiel Pearl finished with 12 points, scoring all on three-point shots. Leo Tahmasian also hit a pair of three-pointers to finish with six points.
Erik Harutyunyan, who got in foul trouble early, finished with 13 points, all of which were scored in the second half.
Burbank trailed by as much as 33 points in the fourth quarter before fighting back to cut the deficit to as little as 82-67 with 1:15 left, when Pearl hit a three-pointer.
Jared Pasion had five points. Isaac Anglade, Clarence Tahmasian and Angel Ibarra each had two points. Ben Burnham and Satchel Bootchk each hit a free throw.