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Hochberg Steps Down at Burroughs

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

After leading the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team to one of its best seasons in school history, Coach Adam Hochberg has stepped down. Hochberg cited a desire to spend more time with his two young children.

“Basketball has become pretty much a year-round sport so this has been in the back of mind for about a year now,” Hochberg said.  “I have a 4-year old son and 2-year old daughter at home that I want to spend more time with and I can’t get back the time I spend away from them at such a young age. They are growing up too fast as it is, so I don’t want to sacrifice that much time anymore. Basketball has consumed my life for the last 19 years so I want to take a step back and control my time more.”

In seven seasons, the 38-year-old Hochberg went 85-107 overall and 35-63 in the Pacific League. He will remain at Burroughs as a social studies teacher and said he may assist the program in a supervisory role.

This past season the Indians went 22-8 overall and 9-5 in league. The team went on to win three consecutive CIF Southern Section Division IA playoff games and reach the semifinals for the first time in 26 years. Burroughs was eventually defeated by top seed and eventual champion Santa Monica, 68-45.

“(It is) tough to step away after we had such a great season and have been very competitive over the past four years,” Hochberg said.  “We have a lot of talent returning as well on the basketball side of things. It is hard to leave knowing that the cupboard is full. We had a special group of seniors this season and my goal was to make it through this group and then re-evaluate after the season if I wanted to continue.”

After struggling to win just four games in each of his first two seasons, Hochberg greatly turned the program around by winning at least 11 games in each of his final five seasons.

“(I’m) happy to leave on my own terms and after a very successful season in which we proved a lot to those on the outside of our family what we already knew on the inside,” Hochberg added.  “The process we have taken and culture we have created in this program over the past seven years has left the program in a good position to continue to be extremely competitive. I look forward to seeing that continue from a different perspective now.”

While he is stepping away, Hochberg said he still has a great desire to coach.

“I will definitely coach again. This is more of a hiatus,” he said. “I (will) be hanging out in a gym somewhere in the future and look forward to being able to give the time I want to give to the game and process I love so much.”



Adam Hochberg and Burroughs Boys Basketball Looking To Roll Lucky Seven

Adam Hochberg has the Indians pointed in the right direction (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Adam Hochberg has the Indians pointed in the right direction (Photo by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Could this be lucky number seven for Adam Hochberg?

Hochberg begins his seventh season as head coach of the Burroughs boys basketball program and it is fair to say that this might be his best “team” during his tenure as coach. His squad of the past two seasons possessed talent as well but this group of Indians carry a different type of moxie that could propel them into the upper echelon of the Pacific League.

The Tribe play hard with an unselfish attitude that is defined by ball movement and making the extra pass. The refreshing style of play was on full display at a recent game at the Sierra Canyon Tournament where the Indians defeated Fresno Bullard, 73-61.

Steven Hubbell returns with plenty of game experience (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Steven Hubbell returns with plenty of game experience (Photo by Dick Dornan)

“We have a very experienced team that is hungry and plays very well together. Guys understand their roles. Everyone is buying in,” Hochberg said. “Guys are realizing that we have something here. We battle and get after it. We may not have the most talented five out there, rather it’s going to be the best five out there. The best five that work the best together.”

Nine seniors graduated from last year’s club that went 13-14 overall and 5-9 in league. Key returners for 2015-16 include Steven Hubbell, Angelo Solis, Justin Henderson, Nick Howard and Eric Allen. The Indians received a big boost with the addition of transfer Ross Lee from St. Genevieve.

The Indians are strong at each position with depth available on the bench. Hochberg has challenged the Indians with a grueling summer schedule versus top-notch competition.

Burroughs has played against Sierra Canyon, St. John Bosco, Compton, Dorsey, Damien, Alemany, Maranatha and Brentwood to name a few of the tougher opponents. The Indians defeated Damien, Maranatha and Brentwood providing confidence and belief that they are headed on the right path.

Hochberg has been very pleased with the summer progress of his team.

“It’s gone well because we are going in the right direction. Now it’s a matter of sustaining it and using last year as an example,” he said. “You can have a good summer but it doesn’t necessarily translate. It’s about building. And our discussion is about building towards February and March. Our goal, plain and simple, is to get a home game in the playoffs. To do that, you have to do a number of things during the season.”

In addition to the Sierra Canyon Tournament, Burroughs has competed this summer in the Maranatha Block Party, Glendale College Tournament, Azusa Pacific Tournament and in the Maranatha Summer League.

Against Bullard, the Indians fought off a resilient squad from Fresno by breaking the press and converting layups and frequent triples from beyond the arc.

Angelo Solis drives to the basket (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Angelo Solis drives to the basket (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Leading 15-11 after the first seven minutes of the contest, Burroughs broke out behind Hubbell who ignited an 8-0 run by knocking down two three-pointers and a layup to extend the lead to 23-11.

Shortly thereafter, Allen drilled a three and Lee nailed a triple on an assist from Hubbell.

The Indians took a 31-20 lead into intermission and made it a 14-point cushion when Lee converted another three-pointer to make it 44-30.

Bullard responded cutting the deficit to 52-44 when Howard stepped up and made a layup followed by a foul line jumper to make it 58-51. Indian free throws cemented the victory.

“We finished the game and that was important,” Hubbell said. “We have a lot of newcomers from JV and a couple transfers. We have experience too. It’s going well so far.”

Hubbell and Lee form a deadly backcourt with each player having the ability to run the point guard position or swing to the two-guard and drain the three.

Lee finished with a double-double (17 points and 10 assists) while Hubbell scored 18 points to go along with four assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Howard added 15 points, Henderson chipped in with seven and Solis anchored the middle with nine points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.

Keep an eye out for Burroughs. If they play as a team and finish games, Hochberg and the Indians could be in seventh heaven by season’s end.

Burroughs Boys Basketball Concludes Productive Summer

Coach Adam Hochberg and the Indians made a lot of progress during the summer (Photos by Dick Dornan)

Coach Adam Hochberg and the Indians made a lot of progress during the summer (Photos by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Many of the local high school sports programs have been busy for the past seven weeks since the school year ended. Basketball, soccer and baseball have begun preparing for the 2014-15 season with a full slate of games. Many of the area’s softball and volleyball players have been playing on the club circuit as well.

The summer provides coaches the opportunity to evaluate individual talent while building their team for the future. Look no further than at the John Burroughs boys’ basketball program that ended a very productive summer last week. Coach Adam Hochberg was kind enough to send us a recap of their games, practices and workouts.

Burroughs' Chris Hovasapian

Burroughs’ Chris Hovasapian

This behind-the-scenes insight shows how much time and commitment a team invests during the summer. Building a strong program requires dedication, a passionate and selfless attitude, and a personal sacrifice to become the best you can be.

A year ago, Burroughs finished 16-11 overall and 8-6 in league (tie for third place). The Indians qualified for the CIF playoffs and are looking to repeat the success they had this upcoming winter. In order to reach their goals, every player and coach had to be committed as one.

“We had a very productive summer season working extremely hard and improving each day and week that passed,” Hochberg said. “After two weeks of running our youth camps at the start of June with our players as coaches, we got into a pattern of morning conditioning workouts consisting of track, weight room, and pool and then about 1.5 – 2 hours of basketball workouts consisting mainly of individual skill work/shooting, and breakdowns of what we do system wise offensively and defensively.

Steven Hubbell of the Indians

Steven Hubbell of the Indians

“The varsity played a little over 30 games this summer, mainly all in June. A lot of days we played multiple games. Many of our games during the week were after we had already worked out for about three hours. I was looking to challenge them mentally when their bodies were already tired.

“As June rolled along, we got mentally and physically better and had a stretch in which we won 15 out of 20 games including wins over Cathedral, St. Francis, La Canada, and West Ranch. We went 3-2 in the very tough Maranatha Block Party making it to the silver division. The best part was that this tourney culminated us playing 14 games over 10 days and we got stronger each day and outworked our opponents.

“We have returning players that got a lot of experience last season in close games and their growth has been very evident. We were led on the perimeter by junior Steven Hubbell, and seniors David Schwer and Chris Hovasapian. Our best line up though is with the three aforementioned guys playing outside and attacking the paint along with seniors Jakob Davis and junior Angelo Solis who are a tough duo inside. They simply outwork other teams’ interior players. With them, we are real competitive.

“Solis is our most improved player since this spring and his 6-foot-8 wingspan makes him a great help side defender, shot changer, and tremendous offensive rebounder. Both him and Davis have an instinct for the ball and are learning more each day playing together and off of each other.

Burroughs' Jakob Davis

Burroughs’ Jakob Davis

“Davis was our most consistent player this summer and has developed fundamentally with his perimeter footwork and ball handling making his game expand to be able to play outside and then attack the rim. He is strong and fearless.

“Juniors Eric Allen, Nick Howard, and Rocky Cascolan have also added to our depth since coming up from the JV and they each provide a spark to go along with the other guys already discussed.

“Overall, this team is going to be a pleasure to coach because we know we don’t pass the eye test and we are going to outwork most teams. If we communicate defensively, take care of the ball, and attack the paint and boards, we will be very competitive and have a solid chance to be in the top half of the Pacific League again this upcoming season.”

Hochberg has been the coach at Burroughs for the past five seasons and will begin his sixth year this fall.

Pain is No Gain for Burroughs in Loss to Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad
Special to BurbankNBeyond

Without the services of senior small forward Lawrence White and senior power forward Jorge Flores-Pere, its two top scorers and rebounders, Burroughs High was in a real pickle in its game against Crescenta Valley on Friday night.

Austyn Dries attempts to block the shot of a CV player (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This was proven as the visiting Falcons connected on 11 three-pointers, outscoring the Indians in three of four quarters, and easing into a 66-33 Pacific League victory at Burroughs.

Falcons junior swingman Nick Springer dropped in a game-high 18 points, followed by 13 points from forward Arin Pezeshkian.

White, who averages 18.6 points along with 9.5 rebounds, injured his right ankle in a recent 65-35 setback to Pasadena on Wednesday.

White tried to run and cut on the ankle before the tipoff, but wasn’t able to do so with his usual explosiveness.

“I think I’ll be out only one game,” said White before the contest. “But I have confidence in my guys.”

Flores-Pere, who scores 10.9 points and pulls down seven boards per game, has pneumonia and it’s uncertain when he will return to the team.

The pair was sorely missed as Burroughs (11-5, 1-3) came out flat and fell behind 15-7 after the first quarter. It only got worse as CV took a commanding lead, 37-13, into halftime.

“They [Crescenta Valley] played great,” Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg said. “We didn’t take the challenge very well.”

Kalen Verhoeven, #1, and Kyle Roberts, #45, battle CV for the rebound (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Crescenta Valley (13-4, 4-0) knocked down five of 20 shots from the field in the opening quarter as Springer tallied seven points, including the first of four three-pointers, while senior forward Ryan Schloessmann scored all of his five points in the stanza.

“We knew Burroughs would come out with a lot of energy,” Crescenta Valley Coach Shawn Zargarian said. “That they [White and Flores-Pere] weren’t in the lineup makes a lot of difference. But we played hard and focused.”

Springer’s hoop with 5:43 left in the opening quarter gave the Falcons a 7-0 lead, and his three-pointer with 2:50 showing made it 10-2.

Springer made two three-pointers in the second quarter and tallied eight points, while Pezeshkian dropped a trey that made it 30-11 with 2:55 left in the first half.

Burroughs played better in the third quarter, which was contested on even terms, but the fourth quarter saw Crescenta Valley outscore the Tribe, 15-6.

Crescenta Valley made five of 10 shots in the third quarter, with three coming from long distance.

Cole Currie had nine points, five assists and four rebounds for the Falcons.

Burroughs converted six of 10 from the field in the same quarter as Jared Soliman had 10 points including two from beyond the arc.

Soliman came off the bench and made four from downtown and led the Indians in scoring with 16 points.

Oharjee Brown of JBHS dribbles against CV pressure (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I’m proud of how Jared played,” said Hochberg of his junior guard. “He doesn’t play a lot, but he had his best game.”

The next high scorer for JBHS was sophomore guard Chris Hovasapian who put in all of his five points in the first quarter, while senior center Kyle Roberts and senior guard Kalen Verhoeven each finished with four points.

Burroughs entertains Muir on Monday at JBHS at 5 p.m.

Burroughs Wins Consolation Championship of Chaminade Christmas Classic

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

What a start to the season for the Burroughs boys basketball team. After claiming the Maranatha Tournament championship to begin the year, the Tribe took third place at the Bell Jeff Holiday Tournament. Now you can add a third trophy for the upstart Indians.

Behind the play of All-Tournament selection Lawrence White, Burroughs (10-2) defeated Golden Valley, 69-62, to win the consolation championship of the Chaminade Christmas Classic. White scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while teammates Chris Hovasapian added 17 points and Jorge Flores-Pere chipped in with 11.

The Indians jumped out early, 11-2, only to see the lead slip away and trail by nine points in the second quarter. JBHS responded with a nice run to take a 28-26 lead into halftime. Behind the sharp shooting of Hovasapian, Burroughs began to pull away from Golden Valley with a 20-8 third quarter explosion to take a 48-34 lead into the fourth period. Hovasapian connected on three three-pointers in the quarter.

Burroughs increased their lead to 20 points in the fourth quarter. JBHS won three consecutive contests in the tournament after losing to Westlake in the first round.

“I am real happy with a solid pre-season,” Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg said after the game.

The Indians begin Pacific League action on Friday, January 4, at 7 p.m. at Glendale High School.


Burroughs 61 Chatsworth 47 (Dec. 28)

Lawrence White at the foul line

Burroughs (9-2) fought off a pesky Chatsworth squad to advance to the consolation championship of the Chaminade Christmas Classic. The Indians will now play Golden Valley at 4:30 p.m.

Jorge Flores-Pere scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Lawrence White contributed a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

JBHS and the Chancellors fought back and forth throughout a tight game. The Indians led 30-28 at the half and 41-39 after three quarters of action. However, Burroughs stepped up in the final period outscoring Chatsworth, 20-8, to claim the victory.

The win was somewhat tainted after the Indians’ Kalen Verhoeven was ejected for arguing with officials. He will not be available for today’s game.


Burroughs 55 Eastside 47 (Dec. 27)

Lawrence White scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Indians to the 55-47 victory against Eastside in a consolation game Thursday afternoon. Kalen Verhoeven added 11 points for Burroughs.

JBHS (8-2) will now play Chatsworth at 10:30 a.m. in the consolation semifinals on Friday morning of the Chaminade Christmas Classic.


Westlake 83 Burroughs 56  (Dec. 26)

Coming in 7-1 and the proud owners of a tournament title at Maranatha and a third place finish at Bell Jeff, the Burroughs boys basketball team entered the prestigious Chaminade Christmas Classic on Wednesday for its final tournament of 2012. The Indians quickly realized the level of competition had stepped up in a major way.

Westlake (11-1) dominated from the start sprinting out to a 22-10 first quarter lead and a 46-31 halftime advantage en route to a 83-56 victory against Burroughs.

Burroughs Basketball at Chaminade Christmas Classic

“We came out and were outplayed in every phase of the game,” Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg said. “Their pressure was too much for us.”

Lawrence White, the Indians catalyst thus far this season, struggled throughout the afternoon with back spasms and could only muster seven points, all of which came in the first half.

Kalen Verhoeven led JBHS with 16 points and Jorge Flores-Pere added 13 points. The Indians will begin play on the consolation side of the bracket against Eastside at 12 p.m. on Thursday.

Burroughs Takes Third Place at Bell Jeff Holiday Tournament

By Rick Assad
Special to BurbankNBeyond

It turned out to be nothing more than a mere light workout for the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team which toyed with over-matched Garfield in Saturday night’s third-place game of the 31st Annual Bell-Jeff Holiday Classic.

Lawrence White of the Indians dribbles up court against Garfield (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Paced by senior small forward Lawrence White’s 21 points, the Indians laid waste to the Bulldogs, 60-37.

“It was a good win because we got the whole team involved,” said White, who also pulled down seven rebounds with six blocks and five assists. “We have a solid starting five, and we have a good bench. The only thing we lack is experience.”

Burroughs led 36-6 at the intermission, and the final score was made somewhat closer after fourth-year Coach Adam Hochberg emptied his bench in the second half.

“We took off our full court press because it was the right thing to do,” Hochberg said. “With the big lead we started to lose our focus some, and we don’t want to do that. This is always a challenge.”

Hochberg talked about his two best players who are expected to lead the Indians night in and night out.

Burroughs Jorge Flores-Pere (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We lean on Lawrence (White) and Jorge Flores-Pere. Lawrence is very good,” Hochberg said.

Flores-Pere, a senior power forward, tallied only six points, but had an impact on the boards and played stellar defense.

The Indians (7-1) converted 23 of 45 shot attempts from the floor (51.1 percent), and bolted to a 16-2 first-quarter lead after sinking six of 13 field goals.

White accounted for seven points including a follow-up slam dunk that got the small crowd buzzing.

Garfield connected on 31.8 percent from the field (14 of 44), and missed nine of 10 shots in the opening stanza.

A 14-point lead swelled to 19 points when junior guard John Cutone (12 points) nailed a three-pointer with 4:55 left in the second quarter, and it became 30-6 after White, who tallied 17 first-half points, made a hoop with 2:32 left.

The Bulldogs’ shooting woes continued into the second quarter when they again only made one of 10 attempts.

Forward Willie Argueta scored all six points in the first half for Garfield (3-7), and finished with a game-high 22 points.

Lawrence White blocks a shot for JBHS (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs began the third quarter by drilling four of six shots from the field including a bucket from sophomore guard Chris Hovasapian (six points) that made it 45-12 with 4:38 showing.

After the Indians missed three consecutive shots, senior forward Austyn Dries (seven points) broke the spell with a basket.

The Bulldogs outscored the Indians, 12-11, in the third quarter after hitting four of 12 shots, but nailing three of four from the free-throw line.

With Burroughs’ bench now in, Garfield had its most-productive quarter, tallying 19 points in the fourth with Argueta scoring 13.

In earlier games of the Bell-Jeff tourney, the Indians fell to Renaissance Academy, 56-46, on Friday, but White, Hovasapian and Flores-Pere didn’t participate because they were suspended after being involved in a so-called “fight” in the contest against Roybal.

“I think if we had all played, it would have been a close game,” said White of the Wildcats, the eventual tournament champion with a 51-34 win over Bell-Jeff. “We would have given them a run for their money. It would have been a one or two possession game.”

Cutone led Burroughs with 13 points, followed by senior guard Kalen Verhoeven’s 10 points and Dries with nine.

Burroughs had its way with Roybal on Thursday taking a 68-53 decision with Verhoeven scoring 20 points and Flores-Pere adding 17.

White’s 17 points and Dries’ 10 points powered the Indians to a 69-40 triumph over Hollywood on Tuesday.

The Indians, fresh off a third place showing at Bell-Jeff and a tournament title at Maranatha, will play in the Chaminade Christmas Classic, Dec. 26 – 29. JBHS opens on Wednesday with a game against Westlake at 3 p.m.


Burroughs Boys Basketball Preview

2012-13 Burroughs Indians (Photo by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg begins his fourth year at the helm and despite some challenging seasons now behind him, he has stayed true to his principles in coaching. Never wavering away from his philosophy of “one, done and run,” Hochberg has renewed faith that this season will be a successful one.

“My philosophy has always been ‘one, done and run.’ That means you had a good defensive possession, you held them to one shot, you get the ball and get going with the best look possible,” Hochberg explained. “If we stick to that mentality, we will be fine. No one is expecting us to be a team that will be competitive. I think as the year goes on we will garner some respect.”

The Indians return five lettermen, all seniors, to lead this year’s squad. Jorge Flores-Pere, Lawrence White, Kalen Verhoeven, Hanoak Amanios and Kyle Roberts will be counted upon to provide the necessary leadership to bring JBHS into the upper echelon of the Pacific League. Senior newcomers Austyn Dries, Yousuf Martinez and Justin Mitchell also will add depth to the team.

“They are my first group of freshmen that came in so I think there is something to be said for that,” Hochberg said. “I have a lot of dedicated seniors. We are looking to have a season that we can be proud of.”

Jorge Flores-Pere

Flores-Pere and White will be the catalysts for Burroughs. Pere, a four-year starter, and White, a three-year starter, bring invaluable experience and leadership to an Indians team searching for consistency and productivity.

“They are our most experienced and most talented guys,” Hochberg said. “They should lead by example. If they take charge physically and mentally, we should be in good shape.”

Looking to improve upon last season’s 11-16 overall record and sixth place finish in the Pacific League, Burroughs will rely on athleticism and skill to create scoring opportunities on the defensive end.

“We are going to try to use our length and athleticism to our advantage,” said Hochberg, who is as passionate as a coach as they come. “We want to get up and down the court and keep the other team off balance and out of rhythm with our multiple levels of pressure; leading to only one shot and then our defensive rebound. From there, we will efficiently push the ball up the floor in transition for quality looks that will often come from an extra pass being made by an unselfish teammate.”

Lawrence White

The Pacific League always presents a major challenge with the likes of Pasadena, Muir and Crescenta Valley. JBHS has the potential to grab that coveted fourth spot to earn a post-season berth. Fending off Burbank, Arcadia, Hoover and Glendale is a must for the Indians to take the necessary step forward in their rebuilding process.

Burroughs began the season this week at the Pasadena Poly tournament. The Indians opened with a 62-46 win against Rosemead. They will participate in the Bell-Jeff Holiday Classic, Dec. 18 – 22 and at the Chaminade Christmas Classic, Dec. 26 – 29. Pacific League action begins at Glendale on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.

“We underachieved last year. We could have been a lot better,” Hochberg said. “So we are excited to turn the perception around and have a good season.”


“Hands up on defense.” Like father, like son. 14-month Brevin Hochberg is well on his way to coaching (Photo by Dick Dornan)