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Burroughs Boys Hoops Shoot Poorly, Lose 67-40 To Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

Some games are truly memorable because of the outcome and how it was played, while in other cases a team might want to forget it.

For the Burroughs High boys’ basketball squad, Friday night’s Pacific League matchup with Crescenta Valley at Providence High, could be categorized in the latter after falling behind early and never catching up in an eventual 67-40 setback.

Nicholas Garcia dribbling the ball against Crescenta Valley. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians were held to six points in the first and second quarters and trailed 38-12 at the intermission after making just four of 24 for 16.6 percent from the floor.

The second half was much better for Burroughs, which outscored the Falcons 18-15 in the third quarter to get within 56-27, and then outscored Crescenta Valley 13-11 in the fourth quarter.

The Falcons, who pulled ahead 18-6 heading into the second period, had two players score in doubles figures as shooting guard Tyler Carlson tallied a game-best 24 points and power forward Alec Vosjanian scored 16 points.

Senior center Corwin Smith tossed in a team-best 10 points for the Indians, who shot 28.3 on the night (15 of 53).

The Falcons (14-3 and 5-1 in league) started strong as they connected on six of 11 from the floor and continued their hot shooting after drilling eight of 13 in the second period.

Carlson scored 10 points in the initial frame and that included two of his four game-high, three-pointers.

Center Corwin Smith scored a team-high 10 points for the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Vosjanian tacked on 12 points in the second period and that included his only three-pointer.

On the opposite bench, the Indians (13-6 and 4-4 in league) hit two of 12 from the floor in the first and second quarters.

Nicholas Garcia is the point guard and the starting quarterback for the Indians this past season.

“Twelve points in a half is not going to cut it,” said Garcia, a senior. “We just gotta go back to work tomorrow. We just gotta keep playing through this. You’ve gotta have a better offense.”

Garcia then added: “I try to get everybody else involved,” he noted. “Everybody can score on that team. It’s hard to play defense against them because everybody can score.”

Garcia thinks Burroughs will bounce back. “I say out of these next four games, we go 3-1,” he said. “This is our only loss.”

Shooting guard Carson Cardenaz tallied six points on a pair of three-pointers. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After Smith made two free throws in the first quarter, he scored a hoop and two from the charity line for six points.

Carlson was on the mark in the third quarter after tallying 10 points with six points coming on a pair of three-pointers as the Falcons were successful on seven of 18 from the field.

Burroughs senior shooting guard Carson Cardenaz, who played wide receiver on the football team, nailed a pair of three-pointers in the third quarter for his only points.

Guard Blake Ballard had a good third quarter for the Indians after scoring five of his seven points.

Senior forward Emery Goulet was also productive in the third period for the Indians, scoring four of his six points.

Crescenta Valley finally had an off-shooting quarter in the fourth after making four of 15.

Guard Elijah Duller delivered all of his seven points in the fourth quarter for the Indians, who made 11 of 26 in the second half (37.9 percent).

Guard Jase Sadsad came of the bench and scored two points for Burroughs, which made three from three-point range  and nailed seven of eight from the free-throw line for 87.5 percent.

The Falcons dropped in seven three-pointers and drilled 10 of 12 from the free-throw stripe for 83.3 percent.

Burroughs Boys Hoops Drop Pacific League Opener Against Glendale

By Rick Assad

For nearly 29 minutes of the scheduled 32 minutes, the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team was either tied or in front against visiting Glendale in the Pacific League opener on Tuesday night.

What happened across the last two-plus minutes undid what transpired earlier as the Nitros rallied for a 61-52 victory.

In the fourth period, Glendale outscored Burroughs 27-15 after connecting on eight of 13 from the field and drilling nine of 10 free throws.

Nicholas Garcia, who scored a team-best 16 points, tries to block a shot against the Nitros. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians made six of 12 from the floor and two of three from the charity line in the same period.

The match was deadlocked at 14-14 heading into the second frame, but the Indians shimmied ahead 27-20 at the half before bolting in front 37-34 after three frames.

An important moment came when junior point guard Arthur Chebishian (14 points) stole the ball and then raced down court for a layup with 2:30 remaining as Glendale seized a 48-46 lead.

With 1:52 left, a three-pointer from senior swingman Manouk Manoukian (14 points) handed the Nitros a 51-48 edge.

Manoukian finished with a game-best three from three-point range, nailing one in the first, third and fourth quarters.

Guard Jase Sadsad looks for the open man. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chebishian’s hoop made it 53-48 with 1:29 on the clock, which forced Coach Allan Ellis to call time out.

Neither team shot especially well from the field as the Nitros made 35.4 percent (17 of 48) and the Indians 34.5 percent (19 of 55).

Glendale (4-4 and 1-0 in league) went to the free-throw line 22 times and drilled 19 for 86.3 percent.

Burroughs (5-1 and 0-1 in league) toed the free-throw stripe 14 times and canned 11 for 78.5 percent.

Another key statistic was Glendale’s ability to make its three-pointers. On the night, it sank eight compared to Burroughs dropping in three.

Senior point guard Nicholas Garcia paced the Indians with a team-high 16 points and hit one three-pointer.

Guard Evan Zamora is seen dribbling for the Indians, who fell by nine points to the Nitros. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“They [Glendale] battled on the defensive end and we couldn’t get stops and that was the deciding factor in the game,” said senior swingman Emery Goulet, who scored 13 points, including nine in the opening half.

Goulet went on: “It comes down to the intensity and defensive energy on the defensive end and they made shots and we didn’t,” he said.

Even with the loss, Goulet still believes the team will respond.

“I love my guys,” he said. “I’m behind them until the end. I think they can bounce back and make some noise this year.”

Goulet’s basket with 1:48 left in the second quarter made it 24-17 and Garcia’s bucket with 1:19 remaining in the third quarter pushed the lead to 37-32.

Garcia scored eight points that included a trey in the initial frame while Chebishian dropped in two three-pointers for six points.

Goulet had his most-productive quarter in the second tallying seven points with five points coming via free throws as Burroughs converted four of 16 from the field and five of five from the charity line.

The Nitros, who shot 25.9 percent at the half (seven of 27) were held to six points in the second period after making two of 13 from the floor.

The Indians drilled 29 percent of their shots at the intermission (nine of 31) and eight of nine from the free-throw line.

Glendale senior swingman Manny Kapoushian (game-best 17 points) scored eight points in the third quarter with six points being derived from free throws. The Nitros converted nine of 10, but only two of eight from the field.

The Indians drained four of 12 from the floor and one of two charity tosses in the third stanza as Garcia scored four points.

Center Corwin Smith dropped in nine points with six coming at the intermission, guard Jase Sadsad added seven points, forward Tyler Cantrell delivered four and senior shooting guard Carson Cardenaz tossed in three points for the Indians.

Burbank, Burroughs Boys Hoops Set Sights High

By Rick Assad

The task is a tall one, no doubt, but the Burbank High and Burroughs boys’ basketball teams are each gunning for the top spot when it comes to the Pacific League standings, hoping to unseat Pasadena.

The Bulldogs are athletic with dependable shooters and defenders and will be led Sid Cooke, who has an impressive and deep resume, having coached Renaissance Academy to a pair of CIF Southern Section championships across 16 years.

“We’re trying to build a culture. Commitment and accountability. Do the right thing every time,” said Cooke, a first-year coach at Burbank, who was also an assistant coach at Glendale Community College for three years. “They do play hard, but they’ve got to play different as far as the understanding of the game.”

You can never practice enough as Burroughs goes through some drills. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank played well last season after going 17-12 and 8-6 in league for fourth place.

The Bulldogs fell to La Canada 57-43 in the opening-round of the CIF Division II A playoffs.

Burbank will not have shooting guard Miles D’Agostin, who averaged just over 26 points and was selected All-CIF second team, because of graduation.

Cooke is a tough taskmaster who demands perfection on the court, but knows how to motivate.

Four players were on last year’s squad and they will be asked to lead Burbank on the floor.

Kevin Sarkes is a 6-foot-5 senior center who will rebound, play solid defense and shoot in the paint.

“We have a good group of guys,” he said. “We hope to capture the first league title in a long time, it’s been about 20 years. And then heading to CIF, we’ve been knocked out two years in the first round. Our goal is to capture the first CIF title.”

Senior Ben Burnham (6-0) is a standout wide receiver on the football team and will offer grit, points, hard-nose defense and rebounds from the point guard position.

“Transitioning from football to basketball is not that hard. I’m not in basketball shape,” he said. “We’re looking to do some damage in league. We’re focusing on getting better every week.”

Junior small forward Abiel Pearl (No. 25) will be a key player for the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Senior shooting guard Leo Tahmasian (6-0) is a clutch long-range artist who can score points in a hurry.

“Three coaches in three years. Yes, it’s not easy, but when you have a great coaching staff it’s pretty easy to adjust,” he said. “They have a system in place.”

Sarkes then added: “Coach Sid has won multiple championships at different levels,” he said. “His resume speaks for itself. He’s a great coach. We have a great group of guys. I’m very confident in what we can do this year whether it’s in league or CIF. We’ve got a good core and a good group of guys to build around.”

Junior shooting guard/small forward Abiel Pearl (6-3) is athletic and a leaper who has a soft touch in the paint, is a ball hawk on defense and a splendid rebounder.

There are four other seniors on the team and they include shooting guard Gor Keshishyan (6-2), shooting guard Danny Contreras (5-7), shooting guard A.J. Blake (5-10), small forward/power forward Craig Rushton (6-2) and center Greg Zadikian (6-5).

Up and in the basket. The Indians hope to see more of this during the season. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The juniors include point guard Vartan Avetisyan (5-9), shooting guard Elmer Reyes (5-10), small forward Kelton Shea (6-3) and shooting guard Armen Nazarian (6-3).

Three sophomores are on the team and they are small forward J.G. Lambert (6-3), point guard/shooting guard Phoenix Mosley (5-9) and shooting guard Nigel Dickens (6-1).

The Indians are deep in talent this season and hope to forget last season in which they went 11-16 and 4-10 in league for sixth place while missing the postseason.

Four players return and they include senior swingman Emery Goulet, senior point guard Nicholas Garcia, senior shooting guard Carson Cardenaz and reserve forward Tyler Cantrell.

Goulet is a first-team all-league selection, team captain and one of the floor leaders.

Garcia, who was the quarterback for the Indians, will distribute the basketball and look for his shot when it’s available.

Senior guard Leo Tahmasian (No. 23) should have a solid season for the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Cardenaz played wide receiver and always showed his toughness on the field.

“We are bigger and stronger physically than last year’s team,” Burroughs coach Allan Ellis said. “I think last year’s experience for our starting guards will help us a lot on and off the court for our younger players.”

Ellis knows it’s not going to be easy to capture the league title, but likes what he’s seen.

“We know we are in a tough league, but the majority of these players have been a part of my program for four years,” he said. “We look forward to the challenge and the guys are hungry to show what they are capable of on the basketball court.”

The rest of the backcourt will consist of shooting guard Jase Sadsad, shooting guard Blake Ballard, shooting guard Elijah Duller, shooting guard Evan Zamora and point guard Coleman Chennault.

The frontcourt will be comprised of Jack Nitzsche, Chance Spinks and Corwin Smith, who is 6-6, and will play center.

Burbank Boys Basketball Starts Strong Against Crossroads, Tapers Off

By Rick Assad

 

After 16 minutes, it seemed that the Burbank High boys’ basketball team had matters in hand.

Its long-range jumpers were falling, its man-to-man defense was effective and its passing was crisp, which resulted in the Bulldogs holding a 15-point advantage at halftime over Crossroads in one of seven games held at the Burbank gym for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Showdown.

Chance Van Hook hit a three-pointer against Crossroads. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

What occurred in the second half was the opposite as the Bulldogs struggled offensively, the defense opened up gapping holes for easy hoops including a bevy of slams and too many turnovers as the Roadrunners collected a 73-64 win on Monday afternoon.

Burbank (14-10) opened up by making seven of 17 in the first quarter and eight of 17 shots in the second for 44.1 percent and led 43-28.

The Bulldogs were successful on six of 23 field goals in the second half (26 percent) and were outscored by 24 points, including 19-6 in the third period.

“We play man-to-man,” Burbank coach Ernest Baskerville said of trying to defend Crossroads’ 6-10 freshman center Henri Adiassa. “We tried to front him. He’s a good player and he can play. When you have a height advantage, you have to take advantage of that.”

The Bulldogs had a tough time stopping Henri Adiassa, a 6-10 freshman who scored 20 points in the second half. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Baskerville continued: “I thought their point guard [Yukki Okubo] did a good job of being more active,” he noted.

Burbank senior point guard Miles D’Agostin, who had an off-night in an 18-point loss against visiting Crescenta Valley on Friday, found his stroke versus Crossroads, which produced point guard Baron Davis, who played two seasons at UCLA and 13 in the NBA where he averaged 16.1 points and 7.2 assists.

D’Agostin finished with a game-best 27 points, canning five three-pointers.

At the break, D’Agostin had 16 points after tallying 13 points in the opening quarter.

D’Agostin was held scoreless in the third quarter, but rebounded for 11 points in the fourth frame that included two treys including one with 1:03 left that cut the Roadrunners’ lead to 69-63.

Junior point guard Leo Tahmasian contributed nine points for the Bulldogs (21 of 57 for 36.8 percent) and canned two of Burbank’s 11 three-pointers.

Leo Tahmasian dropped in nine points in a nine-point loss to the Roadrunners. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Roadrunners (12-10), who snapped a four-game losing streak, came out slowly in the initial period, making three of 15.

Crossroads (43.4 percent on 30 of 69) shot better in the second quarter, hitting six of 14 from the field.

Junior swingman Miles Ceballos, whose father Cedric Ceballos, a small forward who toiled 11 seasons in the NBA, including three with the Lakers, poured in nine of his 16 points in the second half.

The third quarter saw Adiassa, who had a game-high 27 rebounds, finally break out with six points.

But what followed for Adiassa was a 14-point explosion in the fourth quarter as junior point guard Okubo (16 points) repeatedly found him at the low box and simply lofted easy passes for three vicious and spinetingling slam dunks.

“Yeah, I just went in at halftime and started yelling,” Crossroads coach Anthony Davis said of trying to inspire his youthful, but talented team. “I try to keep my cool because we have a young team and you don’t want to lose them. I tried to pull out something to fire them up by any means to do that.”

Jared Pasion scored four points, but tries to defend against Crossroads, which won 73-64. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Davis continued: “We were more focused. We let them [Burbank] play comfortable. In the second half we tried to control the tempo,” he pointed out. “I have to be patient and not ride them for every mistake. They’re finding their way.”

Davis went on: “We have to play inside out with him,” he said of Adiassa, who is still learning the game. “I told him that when he’s in a rush, we’re in a rush.”

Okubo’s scoring output, like the game itself, came slowly at first as he tallied two points in the opening frame and four in the second.

Like Adiassa, Okubo took off in the second half as the 5-7 floor leader had four points in the third frame and six in the final period.

Junior point guard Mazen Wharton-Ali dropped in eight points for Crossroads, sophomore point guard T.J. Muhammad had six points, while sophomore shooting guard/small forward Shaqir O’Neal, whose father Shaquille O’Neal, a 15-time All-Star, four-time NBA champion and a Hall of Famer, came off the bench and tallied five points.

O’Neal’s bucket with 7:20 left on the clock in the fourth quarter handed the Roadrunners a 51-49 edge.

Burbank junior power forward Kevin Sarkes had six points while sophomore point guard Abiel Pearl dropped in five and senior point guard Jared Pasion scored four points.

Senior point guard Guram Dumbadze had three points, junior point guard Ben Burnham also had three as did senior shooting guard Chance Van Hook, , while senior point guard Isaac Anglade scored two points as did senior shooting guard Erik Harutyunyan.

Burbank Boys Hoops Struggles Versus Crescenta Valley, Lose 63-45

By Rick Assad

 

When the Burbank High boys’ basketball team stepped onto the floor to face visiting Crescenta Valley on Friday night, they met a squad that was at times red-hot shooting the basketball and merely hot on other occasions.

The end result was predictable as the Falcons flew off to a 63-45 decision in a Pacific League encounter.

Erik Harutyunyan dropped in a team-best 13 points in a 63-45 loss to Crescenta Valley. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Crescenta Valley shot 50 percent from the floor (23 of 46 attempts) and knocked down seven three-pointers, including four in the second half when it outscored the Bulldogs 32-23.

“They protected the middle,” Burbank coach Ernest Baskerville said of Crescenta Valley’s defense. “We missed jump shots, period. The last time we hit jump shots. That’s what basketball is. Either you’re going to make them or miss them.”

Baskerville, in his first year at Burbank, added: “It’s all about who gets the most shots,” he said. “At the end of the day, we didn’t more shots than they did.”

Burbank was successful on 15 of 57 field goal attempts from the floor for 26.3 percent.

Ben Burnham, who scored three points, goes up for a jumper against the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Falcons (18-4 and 7-3 in league) made seven of 10 from the field in the third quarter and four of nine in the fourth period for 57.8 percent.

“We had a little bit of a sour taste in our mouth after that game,” Crescenta Valley coach Shawn Zargarian said of the 74-72 setback to the Bulldogs on December 14. “We don’t like to lose at home. Our guys had a lot of motivation.”

Zargarian added: “I think the three quarters where we controlled it, a lot of it was on the defensive end of the floor,” the former Falcon player noted. “We guarded ball-screens well. We stayed attached on their shooters.”

Crescenta Valley darted in front 41-28 with 2:25 showing in the third quarter when junior guard/forward Danny Khani (15 points) nailed three consecutive three-pointers which sealed Burbank’s fate as it trailed 52-35 heading into the fourth quarter.

Abiel Pearl tries to defend Tyler Carlson, who had a game-high 22 points. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I thought Danny, who hit the three threes in the third quarter lifted us there and I thought he did a good job defensively,” Zargarian pointed out.

Burbank (14-9 and 5-5 in league) was looking at a deficit after each break, falling behind 16-6 heading to the second quarter and 31-22 at halftime as the Falcons made six of 12 in the initial frame and six of 15 in the second period for 44.4 percent.

The Falcons pulled ahead 11-3 with 2:05 left in the first frame on a hoop from junior point guard Tyler Carlson (game-best 22 points).

The Bulldogs struggled to locate the basket in the first period after hitting two of 15 and the second quarter on four of 13 and shot 21.4 percent at the half.

Burbank missed its first eight shots in the initial frame and finally broke the streak when junior shooting guard Leo Tahmasian (12 points) scored and later converted the first of two three-pointers in the same period.

Leo Tahmasian had 12 points for the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs were paced by senior shooting guard Erik Harutyunyan with 13 points.

Carlson nailed four three-pointers over all and tallied a game-best 13 points at the intermission, dropping in eight in the first period and making two treys and scoring five points in the second quarter with one three-pointer.

Senior point guard Miles D’Agostin tallied 10 points for the Bulldogs, while sophomore shooting guard Abiel Pearl accounted for four points.

Junior shooting guard Ben Burnham had three points, junior power forward Kevin Sarkes added two points and senior shooting guard Guram Dumbadze had one point.

The Falcons hit 10 of 21 free throws while the Bulldogs, who made four three-pointers, converted 11 of 20 from the charity line.

Burbank will host Crossroads at noon on Monday as it celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with seven games.

Burroughs Boys Hoops Digs Hole Against Glendale, Lose 59-50

By Rick Assad

 

A deep and ugly hole faced the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team on Friday evening and it proved simply too much.

Glendale jumped out to a 24-8 lead in the first quarter and then held off the visiting and gritty Indians 59-50 in a Pacific League encounter.

After the putrid start, the Indians, who connected on 19 of 58 from the floor for 32.7 percent and outscored the Nitros, who drilled 22 of 49 for 44.8 percent, 19-8 in the second quarter, drew within 32-27 at the intermission.

The Indians struggled to score in the first quarter against Glendale. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We started the game off not ready to play defense the way we practiced, the way we prepared,” Burroughs coach Allan Ellis said. “In the second quarter we started picking up our defensive intensity and that got us back into the basketball game.”

Sammy Solis paved the way for the Indians (5-6 and 0-2 in league) with a team-best 14 points while Emery Goulet chimed in with 11.

Burroughs came out and hit on three of 12 shots from the floor in the opening period, but bounced back and drilled eight of 17 in the second frame as Solis scored eight points and delivered 10 points at the break.

The Indians nailed four from three-point range at the midway point and added three more in the second half.

Points were hard to come by for Burroughs against the Nitros. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs hit four of 15 from the field in the third quarter and four of 14 attempts in the fourth period.

Bryan Oasay contributed five points in the third quarter after dropping in a free throw in the opening stanza and a trey in the second period.

The Indians were outscored 10-9 in the third period and 17-14 in the fourth frame when Goulet tallied six points including a three-pointer.

Leading Glendale’s offense was junior shooting guard Manny Kapoushian, who dropped in a game-best 17 points and hitting four of the seven made from three-point range.

Kapoushian’s three-pointer with 5:49 left in the opening period handed the Nitros an 8-1 edge. A hoop by Solis with 4:43 remaining in the second quarter sliced Glendale’s advantage to 26-14.

Senior point guard Cole Fajardo added nine points for the Nitros (8-3 and 1-1 in league), who made 13 of 28 shots for 46.4 percent in the opening half, with seven points by the intermission.

When junior point guard Edgar Kirakosian (six points) drilled a three-pointer and four minutes showing, the Nitros, who took a 42-36 lead into the fourth quarter, surged ahead 52-39.

Evan Zamora and Nick Garcia each chimed in with six points for the Indians while Carson Cardenaz dropped in four.

The Indians canned seven of 12 free throws and the Nitros were successful on eight of 16 from the charity line.

 

Burbank Boys Hoops Notch 78-62 Win Over Visiting Arcadia

By Rick Assad

 

Miles D’Agostin had an evening he’s going to remember for a very long time after pouring in a game-high 36 points.

D’Agostin is a senior shooting guard who practically carried the offensive load, helping push the Burbank High boys’ basketball team to a convincing 78-62 rout of visiting Arcadia in the Pacific League opener on Tuesday night.

D’Agostin accounted for 21 points in the opening half and finished with eight three-pointers and drilled six of six from the free-throw stripe.

“I didn’t think we played as intense in the first half. We gave them [Arcadia] a lot of confidence,” said Burbank first-year coach Ernest Baskerville. “For me, it’s not about the points. It’s the team learning.”

The next high scorer for the Bulldogs, who canned 11 from three-point range, was senior shooting guard/point guard Isaac Anglade’s 10 points as he pumped in two from beyond the three-point arc.

Burbank first-year coach Ernest Baskerville, shown in a recent game, addresses to his team. Miles D’Agostin (No. 2) had a game-high 36 points versus Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

The key quarter for Burbank (5-2 and 1-0 in league) was the third when it exploded for 22 points and took command 60-44 after making nine of 16 (56.2 percent) from the field and two of two from the free-throw line.

“We didn’t make free throws early,” Baskerville pointed out. “We missed some layups. We missed some defensive assignments. They’re picking it up. They’re learning.”

Baskerville went on: “They played hard. That’s one thing I’m known for,” he noted. “I want them to be selfless. I like the extra pass. Let’s all eat. Everybody eats. The basketball court is a buffet.”

Meanwhile the Apaches (5-2 and 0-1 in league) converted five of 15 (33.3 percent) from the floor in the third period after missing their first two attempts.

“We just came out in the third quarter and we just lacked execution,” Arcadia co-coach Nick Wallace said. “We fell apart and we couldn’t recover. We’re an inexperienced team that’s trying to figure out how to play basketball the correct way as a team.”

Wallace added: “When we don’t score and we’re not playing physical and we’re not playing fast, that’s what ends up happening,” he said.

Senior Erik Harutyunyan, shown in a recent game against Eagle Rock, dropped in nine points in a 78-62 win over the Apaches. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

D’Agostin’s long trey with 4:46 showing in the third period saw the Bulldogs take command 50-36.

The opening quarter was close as the Bulldogs moved in front 19-18 heading into the second period.

D’Agostin led the way as he tallied eight points with six coming by way of three-pointers in the initial period.

The Bulldogs didn’t shoot well in the opening half, making nine of 29 (31 percent) from the field, but canned 13 of 20 (65 percent) from the free-throw line.

On the night, the Bulldogs converted 17 of 26 from the free-throw line for 65.3 percent, which could be better according to Baskerville.

In the second quarter, D’Agostin scored 13 points, including three via three-pointers as Burbank moved in front 38-32.

When D’Agostin hammered a three-pointer with 1:32 left in the second quarter, the Bulldogs, who shot 40.3 percent on 25 of 62 from the floor, bolted ahead 32-30.

Burbank was off in the fourth quarter, sinking seven of 17 (41.1 percent) and two of four from the charity line.

D’Agostin had a quiet fourth quarter scoring five points, while the leader was Anglade with seven points.

Junior shooting guard Richard He led the Apaches (5-2 and 0-1 in league) with 13 points after drilling two three-pointers.

Senior small forward Erik Harutyunyan tossed in nine points for Burbank, while sophomore small forward Abiel Pearl added five points and senior small forward Jalen Clark collected four points.

Senior point guard Kenneth Lee and senior shooting guard Sean Liu each scored eight points for the Apaches, who shot 25 percent from the floor (14 of 56) and eight of 21 from the free-throw line (38 percent).

Burroughs Boys Hoopsters Wallop Glendale 81-70

By Rick Assad

 

An even dozen three-pointers found the bottom of the basket for the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team on Wednesday against visiting Glendale.

The result was an impressive 81-70 Pacific League victory as three players reached double-digits, including junior forward Zion Bazzell, who tossed in a team-high 21 points.

Bazzell had a pair of treys in the first quarter as the Indians converted 10 of 13 from the field, seven from beyond the three-point stripe and led 27-15.

Omar Searcy, who had 12 points, gets ready to pass the ball against Glendale’s Eli Degrate, who had a game-high 28 points. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We knew they could shoot the basketball,” Burroughs coach Allan Ellis said. “I watched a couple of films of them and they were knock-down shooters, so we wanted to make sure we were guarding the perimeter, run them off the three-point line and in that process we gave up a lot of layups in the first half, but were able to clean it up in the second half and we were able to do a better job defensively.”

When Bazzell scored with two minutes showing in the initial frame the Indians pulled ahead 21-11.

High-man for the Nitros (13-4 and 1-3 in league) was senior shooting guard Eli Degrate with 28 points, who tallied 16 points in the second half.

The Indians were marksmen for most of the evening, drilling 29 of 54 for 53.7 percent.

Burroughs senior wing Amir Montgomery rises to defend in a 81-70 win over the Nitros. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the second half, Burroughs (11-5 and 2-2 in league) shot 55.5 percent from the field (15 of 27) that included five from three-point range.

Glendale made 39.6 percent (21 of 53) of its attempts, but hit 25 of 33 free throws (75.7 percent) while the Indians canned 13 of 20 (65 percent).

“This is the defense that we were playing earlier in the season and we have gotta get back to that and we’ve done that in the last two games,” Ellis said. “In my opinion, defense wins basketball games. If we’re engaged on that end of the floor and we’re defending and rebounding, then we can push the ball and get easy points in transition.”

The Nitros outscored the Indians 16-10 in the second period and made six of 14 from the field and four of six from the charity line as Degrate had six points after scoring six in the opening period.

Meanwhile the Indians, who led 37-31 at halftime, made four of 14 from the floor as Bazzell accounted for four points after dropping in 10 in the first quarter.

According to Allan Ellis, the Indians coach, defense wins basketball games. Here Stefon Foster and Zion Bazzell, who had a team-best 21 points, are needed. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The second half saw senior forward Carson Clarke (eight points) hammer a three-pointer early in the third period.

Three shots later, senior wing Amir Montgomery (seven points) added his only trey that made it 44-35 with 5:20 left in the third quarter.

When Bazzell scored on a driving layup after a steal with 4:06 remaining, the Indians forged a 46-36 lead.

A bucket by senior shooting guard Omar Searcy (12 points) gave the Indians a 53-41 cushion with 1:10 left before heading into the fourth quarter.

Burroughs added six more points in the frame and led 59-41 going into the fourth quarter.

Degrate scored four points in the third quarter as did sophomore swingman David Shamiryan (23 points).

For the second straight quarter, Burroughs scored 22 points after hitting seven of 11 from the field and nine of 12 free throws, but was outscored by Glendale, which had 29 points including 15 points from Shamiryan and Degrate’s 12.

The Nitros hit eight of 19 in the fourth period as Shamiryan added three from three-point range.

Senior shooting guard Stefon Foster chimed in with 11 points for Burroughs that included three treys and sophomore point guard Quentin Roberts added all nine points in the second half, including a three-pointer in the third quarter.

Considering the up-tempo pace, the high-scoring game was relatively well-played with Burroughs turning the ball over 12 times to Glendale’s 10.

Burroughs Boys Basketball Drops 65-62 Decision To Arcadia

By Rick Assad

 

Eight turnovers in the fourth quarter, including a back-breaker in the waning moments with the deficit only a hoop, helped trip up the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team 65-62 to visiting Arcadia in the Pacific League opener on Wednesday night.

The Indians (8-4 and 0-1 in league) took a 53-45 lead into the fourth period, but a basket from senior power forward/center Jay Yoon, who made seven of 14 shots from the field, put the Apaches ahead 63-59 with 1:10 left.

Senior shooting guard Stefon Foster accounted for a game-best 25 points, but the Indians lost 65-62 to Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A three-pointer from Burroughs senior point guard Omar Searcy (18 points) and 59 seconds on the clock, saw the Indians draw within 63-62.

“We just turned the ball over too much,” Burroughs coach Allan Ellis said. “We couldn’t handle the pressure. Stef [Foster] came out of the game and after he came out of the game, we folded as far as the pressure. We didn’t handle it and have to do a better job of handling the ball under pressure.”

Burroughs was outscored 20-9 in the fourth quarter after making four of eight while the Apaches (4-2 and 1-0 in league) converted seven of 12 and five of nine from the free-throw line.

Senior wing Carson Clarke dropped in six points for the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians, who made seven of nine from the charity stripe overall and had 16 turnovers, hit 52 percent of their shots (25 of 48) and were in front 36-28 at halftime.

“We have guys that are still learning how to close games and their experience in things like that and that has something to do with that,” said Ellis of the poor play late. “They’ll learn and this is a process that we’ll get through and get better at it.”

Pacing the Indians was senior shooting guard Stefon Foster, who dropped in a game-high 25 points, including 14 points in the second quarter.

Zion Bazzell goes up for a shot against the Apaches. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Arcadia (51.1 percent on 23 of 45) came out and made four of eight field goals in the first quarter and five of six free throws for a 16-12 advantage with senior shooting guard Jason Cardenas tallying 11 of his co-team-best 22 points.

Burroughs senior wing Carson Clarke dropped in four of his six points in the opening frame.

The Indians drilled nine of 15 shot attempts in the second period with Foster nailing five buckets that included two treys.

Senior point guard Jared San Jose scored all of his five points in the second period for the Apaches, who hammered in five of 12 from the floor, 14 of 20 free throws on the night and committed 12 turnovers.

Each team scored 17 points in the third period with Foster accounting for nine points and Searcy nailing a pair of three-pointers.

Yoon (22 points with nine rebounds, four steals and two assists) dropped in 11 points and Cardenas, who banged home eight of 13 shots and handed out four assists, added six points via a pair of three-pointers in the third period.

Burbank Boys Hoop Seniors End Extraordinary Ride

By Rick Assad
 
 
 
 

 

It hardly seems fair that the Burbank High boys’ basketball team lost a game at the buzzer with the CIF Southern Section Division III-AA title in the balance.

This was especially heartbreaking for the starting seniors, swingman Michael Woods, point guard Cameron Sweeten, forward Faraz Khandaker, shooting guard Ben Chavez and forward Abdullah Kobaissi.

These in particular helped the Bulldogs reach the finals for the first time since 1926 before losing 55-54 to Brentwood in overtime on Friday night at Azusa Pacific University.

Senior swingman Michael Woods scored 10 points and added 10 rebounds in the CIF title game against Brentwood. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Down two points and 4.1 seconds remaining, forward Braelee Albert (27 points with 11 rebounds) hit an off-balance three-pointer with Sweeten, who pulled down seven rebounds and handed out one assist, guarding him.

Still, this playoff run was historic and will be remembered a long time.

“We’ve been playing together forever, from elementary school,” said Woods, who dropped in 10 points with a team-high 10 rebounds and one assist with four fouls. “The chemistry is there. We’ve got Coach [Jamayne] Potts and that was a blessing.”

Forward Faraz Khandaker led the way with 18 points for the Bulldogs. The senior also added eight rebounds. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Woods went on: “Me and Cameron were supposed to go to Notre Dame, but I wouldn’t change anything.”

Sweeten is the floor leader and a quiet presence.

“I don’t dwell on those type of things much,” he said of the game-winning shot made by the Eagle sophomore. “The game plan was to switch on everything. We didn’t want to give up the three.”

Sweeten scored all nine points in the fourth quarter, including the tying hoop that made it 47-47 as the Bulldogs (19 of 62 for 30.6 percent) fell behind 35-29 after three periods.

“Coach drew up a play and I executed it,” said Sweeten of the tying bucket at the end of the fourth quarter.

Both teams struggled to find the hoop in the extra period with Burbank making two of six and the Eagles hitting three of nine.

Senior point guard Cameron Sweeten scored all nine points in the fourth quarter, including the game-tying basket. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Khandaker made seven of 15 from the floor and two of seven from three-point range.

Khandaker scored a team-best 18 points, including four points in overtime.

“I know our team, and even if it’s down 20 points or 30 points, we’re going to continue and keep on fighting,” said Khandaker, who led the way with nine points in the first half and ended the night with eight boards and two assists.

Woods said stopping Brentwood’s offense was a major priority. “We really pride ourselves on defense,” he said. “We want to play aggressively and our goal was to help each other out.”

Potts was of course disappointed in the outcome. “I’m extremely proud of my guys,” he said. “We were undersized, but we came back. I can’t say enough about the seniors. I’m really proud of this senior group.”

Brentwood made nine of 29 for 31 percent in the first half and ended the game making 34.4 percent (22 of 64).

Chavez dropped in six points with five rebounds and one assist, senior forward Thomas Clark tossed in four points with six rebounds and fouled out, Kobaissi had five points with five boards and senior guard Henrik Anassian scored two points with two assists.