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Burroughs Boys Hoops Close Season With 68-45 Setback To Santa Monica In Semifinals

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Knowing what a skilled and explosive player Santa Monica High Jonah Mathews is, the host Burroughs boys’ basketball team tried its best to contain him during Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division I-A semifinal game.

Despite double and triple-teaming the USC-bound senior shooting guard at times, he still erupted for a game-high 33 points with 21 coming in the opening half, while leading the Vikings to a 68-45 triumph before a near-packed house.

This was the first time since 1990 that the Indians advanced to the semifinals and had Burroughs (22-8) prevailed, it would have been the first time since 1955 it would have qualified for the title game.

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Senior point guard Ross Lee III scored 16 points in a season-ending loss to Santa Monica in the CIF semifinals. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The No. 1 seeded Vikings, who will play Temecula Valley, which knocked off Camarillo, 65-62, in the other semifinal, were worthy of the top rank as they led 20-15 after the first quarter and held a 37-20 advantage at the break.

But in the third quarter, the Indians (29 percent on 15 of 55 shots from the field) started to find their groove and came within 43-36 and 3:26 left when junior power forward Tristen Hull (12 points) scored.

But the Vikings (25 of 56 for 44.6 percent) went on an 11-0 spurt and entered the fourth quarter ahead 54-36.

“Number 4 [Mathews] is as good as advertised,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “But I think that it was our ineffectiveness on offense and defense in the first half. We had them on the ropes [in the third quarter], but they were the better team tonight. Hats off to them.”

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Junior power forward Tristen Hull, who scored 12 points, blocks Daniel Schreier’s shot. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

In that time frame, Mathews scored five points including a three-pointer, while sophomore guard Isaiah Johnson scored four of his six points and senior forward Mikhail Brown (10 points) tallied two points.

Santa Monica (28-2), which now owns a 23-game winning streak, hit its first five attempts from the field in the opening quarter with Mathews scoring 13 points and Brown four points as the Vikings canned eight of 11.

“I thought our bench did a great job,” Santa Monica coach James Hecht said. “Our depth showed tonight.”

Hecht admitted that Mathews, who has scored 108 points in four playoff games, is a special talent, but that the collective effort is also important.

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Lee III played solid defense in Friday’s semifinal match versus the Vikings. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“Jonah is a great player, but I’d like to think that Santa Monica is more than just him,” Hecht said.

Burroughs senior point guard Ross Lee III (team-best 16 points) hammered in two of his three from three-point distance in the initial period and had 10 points while senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell (six points with five assists and five rebounds) dropped in a trey and Hull (three caroms) made a pair of free throws.

“We just tried to fight,” said Lee III, who had six assists, four steals, two rebounds and one block. “We just sort of lost our focus. This just wasn’t our night.”

Neither team shot well in the second quarter as Burroughs made two of 10 and Santa Monica, which outrebounded the Indians, 55-25, hit four of 13 and outscored the hosts 17-5.

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Shooting guard Steven Hubbell caps his career with six points in a loss to the Vikings. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Mathews sprayed in two of his six from three-point range and two free throws in the frame and his three-pointer with 2:58 left gave the Vikings a 29-18 lead.

Meanwhile junior forward Daniel Schreier scored three of his 11 points for the Vikings.

Hull dropped in three points in the second quarter and his hoop with 3:58 left on the clock trimmed Santa Monica’s lead to 24-18, but the Vikings then went a on 13-2 run to close out the frame and pulled in front 54-36 heading into the final quarter.

The Vikings outscored the Indians 14-9 in the fourth quarter with Mathews collecting seven points and his trey with 7:40 showing pushed Santa Monica ahead 57-36.

Four players scored for the Indians in the final quarter including senior guard Nick Howard, who drilled a three-pointer.

Senior guard Elijah Cain and junior guard Austin Marx each scored two points as did senior small forward Angelo Solis (four points).

“Their defense was really tough,” Solis said. “Every time I had the ball and I wanted to get my shot off, they were right there.”

Santa Monica drilled 10 of 19 free throws while Burroughs converted six of 15 from the charity line.


Burroughs Boys Hoops Victorious; Burbank Girls Soccer Loses

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The outstanding overall play by the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team continued on the road Tuesday in a CIF Southern Section Division I-A quarterfinal contest against Vista Murrieta.

The Indians (22-7) prevailed 68-56 and now will face top-seeded Santa Monica in the semifinals at home with a 7 p.m. tipoff.

“We had a really good start [7-1], and we were ahead 18-10 after the first quarter,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “We had a really good scouting report on them. We felt really comfortable in what we were going to do.”

This is the first time the Indians have advanced to the semis since 1990 and seem to be peaking.

“We’re getting better as the year goes along,” Hochberg added on how well his club has played over the last one-third of the season.

Junior power forward Tristen Hull had 17 points with seven rebounds and three assists, and senior small forward Angelo Solis added 10 points, 12 caroms, three steals and two blocks for the Indians, who led 30-20 at the half and then pulled ahead 46-40 after three quarters.

The backcourt also added offensive support as senior point guard Ross Lee III had 13 points with three assists and two steals, senior point guard Eric Allen tossed in 12 points and canned seven of eight at the free-throw line and senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell chimed in with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.

In other playoff action, the Burbank High girls’ soccer team had a season to remember, but it was cut short of a Division IV quarterfinal match after losing to Mayfair on Tuesday, 3-1, in a second-round encounter.

The host Bulldogs trailed 1-0 at the half before allowing two goals in the second half.

Burbank (11-4-3) did score a goal on Dalia Farazdaghi’s kick on an assist from Kira Bochard.

The Bulldogs defeated Culver City 1-0 on Friday and advanced to the second round for the first time in six years.

Burbank Boys Hoops Season Ends At Quarterfinals With Loss To Loyola, 76-58

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


During several games this season, the Burbank High boys’ basketball team has played from behind.

On Tuesday night in the CIF Southern Section Division II-AA quarterfinals against visiting Loyola, the Bulldogs once again trailed, but this time couldn’t overcome the deficit and fell 76-58.

Burbank was outscored in every quarter, rallied in the second quarter and came within single digits, however the Cubs proved too talented, too tall and too deep.

“I thought we turned the ball over too much,” said Burbank first-year coach Jamayne Potts, whose team went 20-11 and 8-6 for fifth place in the Pacific League. “Loyola ran their offense very well.”

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Junior swingman Michael Woods races down the floor in a quarterfinal match against Loyola. Woods had 10 points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Potts continued: “We were undersized all year, but I’m proud of them. I thought we had a good season. That’s something I’m going to talk about with the guys.”

Indeed the Bulldogs reached the 20-win mark for the first time since 2010 and advanced to the quarters for the first time in six years.

Junior small forward Faraz Khandaker paced the Bulldogs with 18 points followed by junior swingman Michael Woods, who had 10 points with seven rebounds and three blocks.

A scary moment occurred with 2:54 left in the game and Loyola ahead 67-48 as Woods collided with Loyola’s Henry Welsh.

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Burbank’s Woods (#1) and junior small forward Faraz Khandaker (#15) squeeze a Loyola shooter. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

After leaving his feet, Woods landed on his back, and in the process struck his head on the floor.

The contest was halted at least 15 minutes and Woods was treated and then taken to a local hospital on a stretcher.

“Mike’s a warrior,” Potts said of his talented play-maker who will be back next season with even greater expectations.

Welsh, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound senior center, who will be attending Harvard University where he’ll also play basketball, and 6-8 senior power forward Josh Lavergne each dropped in 21 points.

Welsh, whose older brother Thomas also attended Loyola and now plays center for UCLA, was practically unstoppable in the painted area as he accounted for 15 points at the half.

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Junior point guard Cameron Sweeten scored five points in a 18-point loss to the Cubs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Loyola (14-15) took command 41-32 at the break while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor (15 of 31).

Burbank couldn’t find the range for most of the evening, making 18 of 46 for 39.1 percent, but did convert 14 of 19 from the free-throw stripe.

The Bulldogs fell behind 17-10 in the opening quarter as Welsh (11 rebounds with three steals and three blocks) and Lavergne each tallied six points, while senior power forward Enike Anyia (six points) scored four points.

Lavergne’s bucket and 4:05 left in the initial period gave Loyola a 10-3 edge and Welsh’s hoop with 3:48 showing in the second quarter pushed the Cubs ahead 32-17.

Burbank finally found its offense in the second quarter as it drilled seven of 14 from the field with Khandaker scoring 10 points and drilling two three-pointers.

Woods was active with five points and senior point guard Cole Barton poured in three of his five points in the second quarter.

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Burbank junior forward Thomas Clark (#25) goes up with Loyola’s power forward Josh Lavergne, who had 21 points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Despite this, the Cubs still outscored the Bulldogs 24-22 in the second quarter as Welsh tossed in nine points, and Lavergne, who knocked in three from three-point range on the evening, had six points.

Each team scored 11 points in the third quarter as Woods accounted for five points and Khandaker had four points.

Welsh and Lavergne each scored four points in the third quarter for the Cubs, who led 52-43 heading into the final stanza.

Lavergne’s three-pointer and 4:40 left on the clock in the third quarter gave Loyola a 49-38 cushion.

Loyola had another 24-point quarter in the finale with eight players scoring including Lavergne, who had five points.

Welsh’s basket with 4:11 left in the final period supplied Loyola with a 65-46 lead.

Others who contributed for Loyola (4-8 and fifth place in the Mission League) in the fourth period were junior shooting guard Rahsheed Clarke (six points), who scored four points and junior power forward Dylan Boehm, who also had four.

Junior small forward Ben Chavez had six points for the Bulldogs, but they all came in the opening half.

Burbank Boys Cagers Post 50-40 Win Over El Toro In Second Round

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The Burbank High boys’ basketball team will have a second chance at playing Loyola next Tuesday at home with a 7 p.m. tipoff in a CIF Southern Section Division II-AA quarterfinal game after knocking off visiting El Toro, 50-40, on Friday night in a second-round encounter.

A year ago the Cubs eliminated the Bulldogs in the opening round by 27 points, and many remember how it felt including senior shooting guard Ellie Hanno, who had 14 points.

The Bulldogs fell behind 13-3 after the first quarter, but then rallied to outscore the Chargers 20-7 in the second quarter and led 23-20 at the break.

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Senior shooting guard Ellie Hanno (#3), shown here against Burroughs, tallied 14 points in a 10-point win over El Toro on Friday. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (20-10) followed that with a strong third quarter, one in which it tallied 16 points while allowing El Toro (20-8) only 10 points.

The final period was close, but the Bulldogs still managed to outscore the Chargers 11-10.

Junior point guard Cameron Sweeten (six rebounds) and junior power forward Thomas Clark (six boards) each scored eight points for the Bulldogs, while junior small forward Ben Chavez and junior small forward Faraz Khandaker each tossed in seven points.

Burroughs Boys Hoops Eliminates Beaumont, 68-42, In Second Round

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


An extraordinary effort was required and one was rendered by the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team in Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division I-A second-round match against visiting Beaumont.

The next challenge for the Indians is a quarterfinal game at Vista Murrieta on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. start.

After a pedestrian opening quarter that saw the Indians trail by a single point, what followed was three quarters in which they outscored the Cougars 53-26 and finished with a 68-42 pasting after making 20 of 33 field goal attempts for 60.6 percent.

Four players reached double digits for the Indians including senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell, who scored a game-best 17 points, senior point guard Ross Lee III (14 points), junior power forward Tristen Hull (14 points) and senior small forward Angelo Solis (12 points).

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Senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell is “Mr. Steady.” On Friday he scored a game-best 17 points in a 68-42 win over Beaumont. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“It was a great win,” said Hubbell, who had five assists with four steals and drained two three-pointers. “Today was our best game. All the players were clicking. We had to be focused on being calm and we wanted to match their tempo.”

Front and center was Burroughs’ defensive pressure that was applied throughout with the guards and forwards meeting the opposition at midcourt in many instances and caused numerous turnovers.

The shooting and ball-handling were superb as the Indians made 25 of 46 from the floor for 54.3 percent and had five turnovers after three quarters and finished with 10.

Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg was asked if this was his team’s best overall game considering the opponent.

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Senior point guard Ross Lee III is a blur after scoring 14 points and hitting three treys. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“Yes, I’ve have to say that it is,” he said. “We knew that looking at film what we could do. We’re battle tested and we’re capable of being the best team we could possibly be.”

Hochberg went on: “This was a great team effort,” he pointed out. “We had a great effort on the glass and we wanted to shut down No. 10 [senior Derreck Affor].”

The Cougars (24-4 and 8-2 for second in the Mountain Pass League) are the real deal as they came into Friday night’s encounter with a 17-2 record over their last 19 games.

The Indians (21-7 and third place in the Pacific League at 9-5) entered the fray having captured eight of their last 11 games and also faced a significant height and weight disadvantage.

The key quarter was the second as the Indians made nine of 13 with six players scoring as Hull tallied six points, while Hubbell and senior small forward Angelo Solis each added four points.

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Junior power forward Tristen Hull pulls up for a jumper. Hull finished with 14 points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians led at the intermission 36-23 after making 14 of 26 and all six free throws and allowing Beaumont (16 of 45 for 35.5 percent) to score seven points and hitting only three of 10 from the field.

The second half began with Burroughs, which converted 12 of 17 from the free-throw line, continuing to shoot well from the floor as it made five of 11.

In the frame, Lee III came alive with eight points that included the first of three from three-point distance.

The Indians drilled six of nine in the fourth quarter and outscored the Cougars 18-7 with Lee III (six assists and three steals) hitting two three-pointers, Hubbell nailing a trey and a free throw and Hull tossing in two buckets.

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Senior small forward Angelo Solis shoots in traffic. Solis had 12 points with 11 rebounds. Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“The first time I saw them [Beaumont], they’re a physically imposing team,” said Hull, who contributed five assists, three steals and one block. “But I knew that the guys would be there. Angelo played an amazing game. I knew that we were going to do whatever it takes to win the game.”

Solis had a strong outing after grabbing 11 rebounds with two blocks and one steal.

Beaumont led 16-15 after the initial quarter after hitting five of 10 from the field and six of six from the charity line with four players scoring four points.

The Cougars, who sank 10 of 18 from the throw line, were paced by Affor, who had 14 points and senior Darnell Eaves with 10 points.

The other Indians who scored were junior wing Justin Henderson with four points, senior point guard Eric Allen with three points, and senior guards Nick Howard and  Jordan Bridges with two points each.

Locals Have Some Success In CIF Opening-Round Matches

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


The Burroughs High and Burbank boys’ basketball seasons will continue after two impressive playoff wins on Wednesday.

The Indians bulldozed past host Alhambra 72-45 in a CIF Southern Section Division 1-A match while the visiting Bulldogs pushed aside Garden Grove 62-54 in a Division II-AA encounter.

Both teams have games tonight at home with 7 p.m. starts as the Indians (20-7) face Beaumont (24-3) and the Bulldogs (19-10) meet El Cajon (20-7).

Junior power forward Tristen Hull was nearly unstoppable in the paint as he finished with 24 points along with 10 rebounds and three assists for the Indians, who splashed in 10 from three-point range.

Meanwhile senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell had 17 points with five assists and hit five of six treys.

Senior point guard Eric Allen dropped in eight points with five boards and senior wing Nick Howard added six points with four caroms and two steals.

It was tied early at 5-5, but Burroughs went on a 14-4 spurt and led 19-9 after the first quarter and then pulled ahead by nine points at the break.

“We controlled most of the game,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “We were balanced and we exploited our size.”

The Bulldogs were paced by junior swingman Michael Woods with 16 points followed by senior shooting guard Ellie Hanno and junior forward Ben Chavez each scoring 15 points.

Burbank bolted ahead 21-13 at the first quarter, but Garden Grove outscored the Bulldogs 19-11 in the second quarter and it was tied 32-32 at the half.

The Bulldogs scored 18 points in the third quarter and limited Garden Grove to nine points and pulled in front 50-41 heading into the final quarter.

In other playoff matches, the Burbank girls’ hoop team fell to host Garden Grove 49-44 in overtime in a Division II-AA clash on Thursday.

Senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan’s three-pointer evened it at 41-41 with four seconds left.

The Bulldogs (18-11) led 15-12 after the initial quarter and it was knotted 24-24 at intermission before Garden Grove (21-6) jumped ahead 35-34 after three quarters.

Junior small forward Stephanie Grigorian showed the way for the Bulldogs with 12 points and all of her points came via the three-point line.

The Burbank girls’ soccer team knocked off host Culver City 1-0 in a Division IV match behind a goal from Dalia Farazdaghi in the first half on Thursday.

Bonita routed visiting Burroughs in a Division IV girls’ water polo match 17-6, on Thursday, but senior goalie Kate Wilke had 10 saves and 317 for the season, breaking the mark held by Ahsha Earwood. Wilke finished with 591 saves, 11 more than Earwood.

The visiting Burroughs girls’ soccer squad lost to defending champion La Mirada 5-1 in a Division IV hook up on Thursday.

The Burroughs boys’ soccer team was shut out by visiting Cajon 2-0 in a Division III wild-card contest on Wednesday.

Burbank Boys Cagers Edge Burroughs, 61-60

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


A time out with 7.9 seconds left on the clock that wiped out a game-tying three-pointer may have helped decide Thursday’s Pacific League boys’ basketball game between visiting Burbank High and Burroughs at a jammed-packed and raucous gym.

The Bulldogs’ 61-60 decision over the city rival Indians stood after senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell’s trey was wiped out after Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg asked for a time out.

In fairness, Hochberg tried to call time even earlier in order to set up his offense and defense, but the referee failed to acknowledge the request.

Burbank senior shooting guard Ellie Hanno’s three-pointer with 2:20 left in the fourth quarter gave the Bulldogs a 57-53 lead, and Hanno’s free throw made it 60-57 with 10.1 seconds.

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Burbank senior shooting guard Ellie Hanno (#3) had a game-best 19 points in a 61-60 win. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We played together as a team,” said Hanno, who scored a game-best 19 points. “This is one of the best and biggest games I’ve played in.”

Junior power forward Tristen Hull’s three-point shot at the buzzer cut the lead to one point, but that was it for the Indians (19-7 and 9-5 in league).

“We know going in that it’s a rivalry game and that they’re going to make adjustments from the first meeting [Burroughs won 59-50],” Hochberg said. “We fought back and shot well in the fourth quarter. I’m proud of my guys and my seniors. But you have to execute for 32 minutes and we didn’t. You have to give Burbank credit.”

Both Burroughs and Burbank now await the CIF Southern Section playoff pairings which will be announced on Sunday.

The Indians were tied with Crescenta Valley and a coin flip will determine third and fourth place while the Bulldogs are in fifth place and can hope for an at-large bid.

“Anything can happen when you’re playing Burbank,” said Hubbell, who had seven points with five assists, two steals and two blocks. “We have a strong group and we’re going to get ready for the playoffs.”

Burroughs scored 20 points in the fourth quarter while limiting Burbank (18-10 and 8-6 in league) to 14 points.

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Tristen Hull (#1) scored 17 points with 11 rebounds for the Indians. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Leading the charge in the final quarter was Hull (17 points with six assists, one block and 11 rebounds), who had seven points and junior small forward Angelo Solis (17 points with seven boards, two blocks and two steals) also contributed six points.

Senior point guard Ross Lee III (10 points with three caroms and two assists and three steals) added five points in the same period.

Burbank (38.4 percent on 20 of 52 from the field) pulled ahead 19-11 after the first quarter and was in front 31-20 at the intermission. The Bulldogs were in front 47-40 through three quarters.

“We stayed poised and stayed confident,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said of the close game. “We need to be ready and play strong and make the correct plays. We have the ability to beat any team. We play in a good league and anything can happen.”

Hanno converted five of his team’s 10 three-pointers and had 10 points at the break, while junior swingman Michael Woods scored eight of his 11 points.

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Junior small forward Angelo Solis (#2) dropped in 17 points with seven boards for Burroughs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Solis and Hull each accounted for 13 of their 17 points in the second half.

The Indians made 12 of 21 for 57.1 percent in the second half while holding the Bulldogs to 40.9 percent (nine of 22).

Burbank scored 19 points in the opening quarter with junior small forward Ben Chavez (16 points) hitting two of his four three-pointers.

Hanno had four points that included a three-pointer that gave the Bulldogs an eight-point lead.

Solis scored four points in the first quarter while senior point guard Eric Allen (two rebounds and one assist) had five points.

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Shooting guard Steven Hubbell (#0) defends against point guard Cameron Sweeten. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Hanno canned a pair of three-pointers in the second period and Woods tacked on a pair of hoops while junior small forward Faraz Khandaker (four points) added two free throws.

Junior wing Justin Henderson (two boards and two assists) scored all of his five points in the second quarter for the Indians while Hull and Lee III each added a bucket.

The Indians (20 of 49 for 40.8 percent) outscored the Bulldogs 20-16 in the third quarter after Solis dropped in seven points and Hull tossed in six points.

Chavez’s eight points in the third quarter included two three-pointers and paced the Bulldogs while Hanno and senior point guard Cameron Sweeten (six points) added four points each.


Burroughs Uses Fourth Quarter For A 71-56 Win Over Glendale

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Knowing what awaited on Thursday night, the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team may have been looking ahead.

But what the Indians faced on Tuesday afternoon was a stubborn and feisty host Glendale team that gave the Indians everything in its arsenal and then some.

When Glendale sophomore shooting guard Eli Degarte scored and added a free throw with 3:40 left in the third quarter, the Nitros came within 42-41.

In the end, though, Burroughs was too deep and too talented and after a scare, pulled away for a 71-56 win in a Pacific League game.

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Reserve point guard Eric Allen, shown here against Crescenta Valley, poured in six points versus the Nitros. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Indians were terrific in the first and fourth quarters, and not so good in the second and third quarters.

Burroughs, which will host city rival Burbank on Thursday with a 7 p.m. start, shot 50 percent (16 of 32) from the field in the opening half and led 37-28.

“That whole second group was really effective,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said of his reserves. “That second group pushed it [the lead] back up to 14 points. I have full confidence in them.”

They partially included senior point guard Eric Allen (six points), senior wing Elijah Cain (four points), senior wing Nick Howard (two points) and senior center Garrit Green (two points).

In the second half, the Indians connected on 12 of 29 for 41.3 percent, and held the Nitros (9-17 and 2-11 in league) to a three of 15 from the field in the fourth quarter.

Burroughs (19-6 and 9-4 in league) outscored Glendale 21-10 in the fourth period while making seven of 16 from the floor and six of seven from the free-throw line. Overall the Indians converted nine of 14 from the charity stripe.

“We know for us it’s how we approach the game mentally,” Hochberg said. “We weren’t in to it mentally for 32 minutes.”

Junior wing Justin Henderson accounted for nine of his 16 points in the final period, junior power forward Tristen Hull tallied five of his game-best 18 points and senior small forward Angelo Solis had five of his nine points.

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Tristen Hull (#1) scored a game-best 18 points and Justin Henderson (#14) added 16 points. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Henderson’s hoop with 2:16 remaining in the fourth quarter made it 66-51 and forced the Nitros to ask for a time out.

A 24-point first-quarter explosion by Burroughs (28 of 61 for 45.9 percent) pushed the visitors to an 11-point lead with Hull scoring eight points and reserve senior point guard Jordan Bridges hitting a pair of three-pointers for his night’s scoring.

Senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell tacked on the first of his two treys in the opening quarter and had five of his eight points as the Indians converted 10 of 15 from the field.

The Nitros (21 of 47 for 44.6 percent) outscored the Indians 15-13 in the second quarter behind senior forward Daniel Gonzalez (nine points) and junior guard Edrik Abnous Masihi (team-high 14 points) with each scoring five points.

Five players scored for Glendale in the third quarter as Degrate (seven points) scored five and junior guard Mike Chebishian canned two three-pointers for his only points.

Henderson dumped in four points in the third quarter for the Indians, who made five of 13 and led 50-46.

Poor Fourth Quarter Dooms Burbank Boys Hoops, Lose 60-53

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


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.

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Michael Woods scored four of his eight points in the fourth but it wasn’t enough as Burbank lost to Pasadena 60-53. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

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.

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Ben Chavez, shown here in a recent Pacific League game, tallied 11 points against Pasadena on Friday. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

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.

Burbank Boys Hoopsters Can’t Find Answer, Fall To Hoover, 52-50

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


It seems that so many times this season, the Burbank High boys’ basketball team was so tantalizingly close to wins, but instead somehow fell short.

Well it happened again on Monday at Hoover in a Pacific League contest as the Bulldogs were tripped up by the Tornadoes, 52-50.

In an earlier match on Jan. 11 between the these two teams, Burbank prevailed 66-52.

Burbank (15-9 and 5-5 in league) had to fight back seemingly at every turn in order to just pull close late in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs even had two chances to tie or win with mere seconds left.

“We were very flat,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said. “Holding Hoover to 21 points at the half was good, but we only scored 20 points.”

The Bulldogs (25.9 percent on 14 of 54 from the field) outscored the Tornadoes 21-15 in the fourth quarter.

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Burbank’s Michael Woods pumped in 12 points with 11 rebounds in a two-point loss to Hoover. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Junior small forward Faraz Khandaker scored eight of his game-best 18 points, junior swingman Michael Woods tacked on eight of his 12 points and senior guard/forward Levon Galstyan added five of his eight points in the final period.

Galstyan’s two free throws with 37.3 seconds left cut Hoover’s advantage to 51-50, but Hoover senior shooting guard Alec Pirijanian’s free throw made it 52-50 with 16.8 seconds remaining.

“The way we played, we didn’t deserve to win the game,” Potts said. “We were a little inconsistent. But we’ve been that all year long. There was a lack of concentration and that’s a lack of maturity.”

The Tornadoes (6-16 and 3-7 in league) were resilient and led 11-7 after the first quarter, and were in front 21-20 at the intermission.

Pirijanian (seven rebounds) scored 11 of his team-best 16 points at the half, while senior point guard Rene Deravanesian tossed in five of his 15 points.

Pirijanian’s trey with 6:30 left on the clock in the second quarter pushed Hoover ahead 14-9.

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Faraz Khandaker had a game-best 18 points for the Bulldogs. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“That’s a good team [Burbank] and they made a run late,” Hoover coach Jack Van Patten said. “We did a good job of controlling the tempo. They didn’t have any great runs and we didn’t turn the ball over. This was big for us. It’s great for the kids.”

Burbank stayed within striking distance by making eight of 12 from the free-throw line over the first half and made 19 of 25 overall.

Woods (11 rebounds) canned four free throws and Khandaker (11 rebounds and two blocks) added three charity tosses at the break.

Burbank was effective at the charity stripe in the second half, converting 11 of 13. Hoover made 14 of 23 from the free-throw line.

Woods and Galstyan both sank three from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and Khandaker added two.

Burbank missed eight of 11 shot attempts from the field in the opening quarter with junior guard/forward Ben Chavez (seven points) scoring five points.

Khandaker dumped in five points in the second quarter and Woods tacked on four points. Burbank connected on two of 11 from the field in the period.

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Junior shooting guard Henrik Anassian dribbles past a Hoover defender. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Senior shooting guard Ellie Hanno (five points) contributed two points in the opening quarter and added a three-pointer in the second quarter.

Hoover (16 of 44 for 36.3 percent) missed 10 of 15 shots from the field in the first period as Deravanesian scored five points and Pirijanian added four points.

The second quarter saw the Tornadoes make four of nine from the floor as Pirijanian drilled a three-pointer and added two hoops.

Hoover outscored Burbank 16-9 in the third quarter and sprayed in three from three-point range as it led 37-29 heading into the fourth quarter.

Deravanesian accounted for eight points in the third quarter while hitting two three-pointers.

Junior guard/forward Monte Iskandaryan scored all of his five points in the third quarter and his trey gave the Tornadoes a 28-22 lead with 3:36 remaining as Burbank asked for a time out.

Khandaker scored five points in the third quarter, while Chavez added a bucket and Galstyan tossed in a pair of free throws.

Junior forward/center Simeon Hilby scored seven points for Hoover, with four coming in the first half.

Burbank will next host Glendale on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in a league game.