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CIF Releases Winter Sports Playoff Division Placings

The CIF Southern Section released the playoff division placings for all winter sports teams on Friday.
The placement determines what divisions each sports team will be competing in should they advance to postseason play.

The team with arguably the best chance of winning a CIF title in the winter, the Burroughs boys’ soccer team, was placed in Division 3 and will be one of 55 schools competing for the Division 3 title.

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The defending league champion Indians return a strong core led by senior midfielder Carlos Rosales and All-CIF junior winger Manny Gonzalez.
The Burbank High boys’ soccer team was placed in Division 5.
The Burroughs girls’ basketball team was one of 34 teams placed in Division 2A.
The Indians are led by junior All-CIF pick Faith Boulanger.
Burbank High’s girls’ team was placed in Division 3A.

The Burroughs girls’ soccer team was placed in Division 4. Burbank High’s girls’ team was placed in Division 5.

In boys basketball, Burbank High is one of 40 schools that will compete for the 2A championship.

The Burroughs boys’ basketball team was placed in Division 3A.

For girls water polo, Burroughs was placed in Division 5 and Burbank High will be in Division 6.

 

Burbank Boys Basketball Falls Short Against La Canada

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Getting to the CIF Southern Section playoffs for the Burbank High boys’ basketball team had to be somewhat of a surprise considering that Bulldogs coach Ernest Baskerville only became the coach just weeks before the season started and on the heels of a few key players transferring out of the school.

Burbank wasn’t fortunate enough to find a first-round playoff opponent that faced similar circumstances, as the Bulldogs traveled to La Canada High, which is coached by Tom Hofman. Hofman recently won his 700th game in his 33rd season as La Canada’s head coach.

When it was all said and done, Hofman’s Spartans handed the Bulldogs a 57-43 defeat in a Division 2A first-round contest.

“I have so much respect for Tom. He’s a great coach. He’s been here since I was in high school,” Baskerville said. “He’s always supported the things that I do. He wrote a letter of recommendation for me to get the job at Burbank.”

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La Canada (24-5) held Burbank to 14 of 57 shooting for the contest, as it took the Bulldogs a while to get into a rhythm. La Canada also didn’t make things easy on Burbank by playing solid defense.

“Ryan Graves did a really good job on (Miles D’Agostin). He’s a really good player and he made him work for everything,” Hofman said of one of his star players. “That was one of the big keys for us. Ernest does a nice job with that team. He runs good stuff and they are hard to defend. I thought they’ve been under-ranked all year.”

Burbank (17-12) scored just four points in the first quarter and trailed 10-4 going into the second quarter.
The Bulldogs trailed 20-6 midway through the second quarter when Isaac Anglade banked in a shot off the glass to get the offense moving.

D’Agostin later hit a pair of three-point shots to help Burbank completely turn things around, as the Bulldogs trailed just 28-21 going into the halftime break.

Things looked good early on in the third quarter when D’Agostin hit three consecutive free throws to cut the deficit to 30-24.

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But La Canada roared right back and got a huge boost when Graves completed a three-point play with just .9 seconds left in the quarter, pushing the lead to 44-30.

A pair of free throws by Erik Harutyunyan with 3:22 left in the final quarter cut things to 49-41.
But Burbank was unable to get any closer.

D’Agostin led Burbank with 17 points. Harutyunyan finished with 10 points, and Anglade finished with eight.

Ben Burnham had four points and Jalen Clark and Guram Dumbadze each had two points.

La Canada received 18 points each from Graves and junior Kyle Brown.

Burbank Boys Basketball Gets Hungry in Win Over Burroughs

The Burbank High boys’ basketball knew that a win over Burroughs High in the regular season finale would guarantee a CIF Southern Section playoff berth.

As a result, the host Bulldogs played focused and determined in an 83-49 contest over the visiting Indians, who won the first meeting between the two rivals.

“They’ve been thinking about it the last two days,” Burbank coach Ernest Baskerville said of the playoffs. ‘They’ve been excited about playing this game. They understood the last time we played them, they kicked our butt.”

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Burbank (17-11 overall, 8-6 in the league) jumped out to a 22-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and were never threatened by the Indians, who finish the season with an 11-16 overall mark, 4-10 in the league.

“They were ready to go from the beginning. They wanted revenge and they played well and shot the ball well and we got behind and couldn’t recover,” Burroughs coach Allan Ellis said.

Burbank converted 20 of 33 shots it took in the first half and hit five of 14 attempts from three-point range.

The Bulldogs led 47-23 at halftime and continued to shine in the third quarter by taking a 66-33 lead going into the final quarter.

Miles D’Agostin, who had six 3-pointers, finished with a game-high 22 points. Erik Harutyunyan had 18 points.

Guram Dumbadze had 12 points, Jalen Clark, Leo Tahmasian and Isaac Anglade each had seven for the Bulldogs. Ben Burnham and Jared Pasion each had three points. Kevin Sarkes and Abiel Pearl each had two points.

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Burroughs was led by Nick Garcia, who had 14 points. Bryan Oasey had 13 points, Aaron Amanios had nine points and Emery Goulet had four points.

Sammy Solis and Evan Zamora each had three points. Carson Cardenaz had two points and Peter Filippi had one point.

Baskerville is hopeful the CIF playoff selection committee will look at the Bulldogs’ strength of schedule.

“Hopefully we get a good draw if you look at the teams we’ve played. We’ve played Camarillo, Valencia, Calabasas, King-Drew, Crossroads,” he said.

Burroughs Boys Basketball Stuns Burbank

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The Burroughs High boys’ basketball has had its ups and downs this season.

The Indians played one of their finest first halves of the season against Burbank High Friday night.

It was so good that it was enough to help the Indians avoid a fourth-quarter meltdown in a 66-61 Pacific League victory.

“It was a tough fourth quarter but we had to keep our composure and that’s what I kept telling my teammates,” said Burroughs Emery Goulet, who had a game-high 32 points.

Burroughs (10-11 overall, 3-5 in the league) held a 55-38 lead going into the fourth quarter and appeared to be in command for a victory.

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But Burbank  (12-8, 4-4) began the fourth quarter on a 14-0 run and tied things with 2:43 left on a pair of free throws by Jared Pasion.

The Bulldogs would later take the lead on two occasions before Goulet put forth a final push that was enough to lift his team to victory.

“We were running too many plays that were complicated that they weren’t really used to running, so we simplified it and starting running spreads,” Burroughs coach Allan Ellis said of his offense.

Ellis said the change allowed his team to get more open looks at the basket. Burroughs hit 11 three-pointers as a team.

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“The change in the offense was working for us. Hopefully, we can continue doing this for the rest of the year,” Ellis said. “This was a great win for our team.”

Ellis said he knew his team could not afford to get too comfortable, even with a double-digit lead.

“Burbank did a great job fighting back in the fourth quarter and I expected them to fight back at some point. We weren’t executing very well. Once we got back to our execution in the last minute or two minutes, we started to find our rhythm again,” Ellis said.

Burbank coach Ernest Baskerville was frustrated that his team didn’t come out on top.

“You’ve got to play a whole game,” he said. “You have to play every team that you play with respect. I told them (his team) all week, don’t think that they’re going to let you come out because they’re in the bottom half of the league (standings) and you’re in the top half.”

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Burroughs, which led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter and 33-22 at halftime, got 13 points from Bryan Oasey.

Sammy Solis added eight points and Nick Garcia scored seven. Carson Cardenaz had four points. Tyler Cantrell had two points.

Burbank was led by Leo Tahmasian and Erik Harutyunyan, who each had 15 points and Miles D’Agostin, who had 11.

Pasion had seven points and Jalen Clark added five. Ben Burnham had four points and Isaac Anglade had two. Abiel Pearl and Guram Dumbadze each hit a free throw.

Boys Basketball Teams Have New Look

The Burbank and Burroughs boys’ basketball teams will be hoping to move forward this season after both experienced mediocrity last season. Both are solid and should be ready to go for Pacific League play, which begins today.

Burbank
Things have changed for the Bulldogs as Ernest Baskerville, who once was the head coach at Providence High, has taken over for Jamayne Potts, who took the Village Christian position.
A few players have left the program with the change of coaches, but the Bulldogs have looked solid in the early part of the season.

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“I love the fact that they’re all good kids and they’ll do anything I ask. I think the fact of the whole process of me becoming their coach that they bonded together a little more and said whomever we get we’re going to work hard for,” Baskerville said. “That’s what they’re doing, they are working really hard.”
Burbank has no superstars, but also doesn’t have any weaknesses.
Senior Erik Harutyunyan, at 6-foot-2, will generally take the toughest defensive assignments.
Senior Miles D’Agostin (5-10), nephew of former Burbank girls’ basketball coach John D’Agostin, has been very impressive in the early part of the season with his hustle and outside shooting capabilities.
At the point guard position the Bulldogs have senior Jared Pasion (5-9), senior Issac Anglade (5-10) and junior Ben Burnham (6-0).
On the wings and inside Burbank has a solid core of seniors. Chance Van Hook, Guram Dubadze, Satchel Bookchk and Clarence Tahmasian are all 6-2. Junior Kevin Sarkes is the tallest on the team at 6-4.
Junior Leo Tahmasian (6-0) and sophomore Abiel Pearl (6-1) have both show promise in the early part of the season.
Seniors Angel Ibarra (6-1) and Jalen Clark (6-0) have played key roles.

Burroughs

The Indians have grown up quickly with many new faces under third-year coach Allan Ellis.

Junior Nick Garcia, who played some quarterback in football, is expected to see significant minutes at the point guard position.
Senior Brian Oasey is a combo guard who could also see time at point guard.

The Indians will also look to juniors Emery Goulet, Carson Cardenaz and Evan Zamora as well as senior Aaron Amanios to make key contributions in the back court.

“I like my team this season because they are a resilient team that competes hard,” Ellis said. “League this season will be tough because we aren’t the most experienced team. But they are learning every day how to compete at the varsity level.”

In the front court, Burroughs will look to seniors Peter Filippi, Steven Johnson, Sammy Solis and Walker Miller.

Junior Ellington Simmons is coming of a fine football season as a receiver and will also give the Indians some height inside.

 

Strong Effort Not Enough for Burbank Boys Basketball

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The Burbank High boys’ basketball team knew  beating visiting Camarillo High would not be easy in the semifinals of the Burbank Tournament Friday.
Sure enough, Camarillo was as good as advertised in an 85-68 victory.
But the Bulldogs left coach Ernest Baskerville happy with the team’s effort.
“We never quit. We’ve seen this team put up over 100 points for two games. We tried to slow them down and keep them below 80,” Baskerville said. “That team, you think it is a one-man show, but it is not. He has multiple weapons.”

Camarillo (6-0) pressed all over the court and forced Burbank into 18 turnovers.
Camarillo’s 6-foot-6 UCLA-bound star Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 29 points. It was just the second time Jaquez scored less than 30 points through the first six games of the season.
“We all play together and we all know the ultimate goal is to win and we buy into that,” Jaquez said of his team.
Burbank (4-1) never led in the contest.

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Camarillo led 17-12 at the end of the first quarter and extended the lead to 42-24 at halftime. Burbank trailed 68-38 at the end of three quarters, before battling back in the final quarter.

Miles D’Agostin led Burbank, as he finished with 24 points and hit four three-pointers. Teammate Abiel Pearl finished with 12 points, scoring all on three-point shots. Leo Tahmasian also hit a pair of three-pointers to finish with six points.
Erik Harutyunyan, who got in foul trouble early, finished with 13 points, all of which were scored in the second half.
Burbank trailed by as much as 33 points in the fourth quarter before fighting back to cut the deficit to as little as 82-67 with 1:15 left, when Pearl hit a three-pointer.
Jared Pasion had five points. Isaac Anglade, Clarence Tahmasian and Angel Ibarra each had two points. Ben Burnham and Satchel Bootchk each hit a free throw.

Burbank Boys Basketball Shoots Past Eagle Rock

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A new era in Burbank High basketball history began Monday night when the Bulldogs opened the season against visiting Eagle Rock High in a nonleague contest.
Ernest Baskerville has taken over as the head coach, but the Bulldogs showed they haven’t missed a beat, winning 86-64.
“I’ve got some guys that were hungry to have someone coach them,” said Baskerville, who only began coaching the team about a month ago. “They were really well coached beforehand and they were hoping someone would come in and continue doing what was being done.”
Burbank hit 14 of 30 attempts from three-point range, five of which came from senior Miles D’Agostin, who finished with a team-high 25 points.

“I’ve been watching him the whole time I’ve been working with him. He’s ready for a breakout season,” Baskerville said of D’Agostin, who played at the junior varsity level last year.
D’Agostin, who is the nephew of former Burbank girls’ basketball coach John D’Agostin, said he has enjoyed his short time with Baskerville.

“He just tells me to shoot, so I feel comfortable that he’s not going to get mad if I miss shots. He just tells me to be myself,” D’Agostin said.
Burbank never trailed in the contest but was never in full command until the fourth quarter.
After leading 21-18 at the end of the first quarter and 40-32 at halftime, Eagle Rock made things interesting in the third quarter, getting as close as 59-54 with less than a minute to play before the final quarter.

Burbank got a key three-point basket from Guram Dumbadze with two seconds left in the quarter to give the Bulldogs a 62-54 cushion heading into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, it was all Bulldogs, as Burbank limited Eagle Rockstar Mitchell Gravino Jr. to just four points in the fourth quarter. Gravino finished with a game-high 30 points.

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Abiel Pearl, who finished with nine points, hit two key three-pointers in the final quarter.
Leo Tahmasian had 13 points for Burbank. Issac Anglade and Jared Pasion each had nine points. Angel Ibarra and Jalen Clark each had six points. Dumbadze had five points. Erik Harutyunyan had three points and Ben Burnham had one point.

 

Potts Leaves Burbank Boys Basketball for Village Christian

Jamayne Potts may have spent just three seasons as the boys’ basketball coach at Burbank High. But his impact will always be remembered.
Potts, who in 2017 nearly took Burbank to a CIF title, stepped down this past week at Burbank to take over the same job at Village Christian of Sun Valley.
“It was the hardest decision of my life so far in making the decision to leave Burbank. I definitely lost a lot of sleep,” Potts said. “Even though I’m looking forward to the new beginning at Village Christian, I am still feeling the emotional impact of it.”
Potts compiled a 62-32 record in three seasons with the Bulldogs, including a 23-19 record in the always tough Pacific League.

He becomes the fourth Village Christian coach in three years. Marvin Adams recently resigned to take a collegiate job before he coached his first official game.
At Village, he will join former Burbank football coach Richard Broussard, who is now the head football coach.

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Potts said he will always have fond memories of his time spent at Burbank.
” I’m definitely proud of everything we accomplished at Burbank over my three years. My best memory is not the historic run we made in my second season actually, although everybody would think so,” he said. “That was obviously great. However, my best memories are remembering the bond, laughter, jokes, relationships, and friendships I have developed over the last three years with all my players, parents in the program, the administration, faculty and staff members at Burbank. It’s the people that have the biggest impact. Plus, going 5-1 against our rival school is a great memory as well.”
Burbank returns a solid group this season of seniors who were on the varsity team as sophomores two seasons ago and have CIF championship game experience.

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“Expectations are still very high for Burbank with so many returners. With me being gone that does not change,” Potts said. “There is a great group of young men there with a lot of talent. As  I told them in a meeting before my departure, they are still destined to have a great year and I’m looking forward to seeing it.”

Pasadena Boys Basketball Too Tough for Burbank

With the CIF Southern Section playoffs, just two weeks away the Burbank High boys’ basketball team got to experience a playoff-like scenario Monday when visiting Pasadena High visited in a Pacific League contest.

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Facing a full-court press and an opponent that moves the ball very quickly, Burbank fell 84-51.

“Games like this is why we’ve been successful in the playoffs,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said. “Playing teams like this helps us. Our league helps us for the playoffs. Pasadena is probably better than any team we’re going to face in the playoffs.”

When Burbank (15-8, 5-5) was able to break Pasadena’s press in the first half, junior Erik Harutyunyan was the player who got the ball in the open court.

He scored 17 of Burbank’s 26 first-half points.

“When you play an athletic team like this you have to take care of every possession and take care of the ball as much as you can,” Harutyunyan said. “You have to hit your open shots. That’s the formula you need to beat a great team like this.”

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On the defensive end, Harutyunyan had the task of trying to guard Pasadena’s Bryce Hamilton, who is one of the top players in the nation. Hamilton has signed with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“Obviously he’s a very tough player. I wish him all the best. It was very cool to compete against him,” Harutyunyan said. “We played as hard as we could and that’s all you can ask for.”

Hamilton, who finished with 20 points, played sparingly in the third quarter and did not play at all for the fourth quarter. He said his team (16-6, 9-1) benefitted from overcoming a loss in the league opener to Crescenta Valley.

“That game made us come out hungrier and not to take any team lightly,” Hamilton said.

Burbank trailed 24-11 at the end of the first quarter and 44-26 at halftime. Pasadena went on to lead 71-39 going into the fourth quarter.

Burbank got seven points from Jared Pasion, and five each from Xavier Davis, Justin De Sales and Sevak Mkrtchyan.

Chance Van Hook and Angel Ibarra each had four points.  Tyrese Willis and Jalen Clark each had two points.

Burbank Boys Basketball Gets Upper Hand on Burroughs

The old saying is if it isn’t broken don’t fix it.

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That is what happened to the Burbank High boys’ basketball team Friday night when the Bulldogs faced rival Burroughs in a Pacific League contest.

Burbank came out in a zone defense that bothered the Indians in the Bulldogs’ 61-46 home win.

“We haven’t been running it a lot this year. It has been game by game,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said. “We kind of figured they probably thought we’d come out in man and throw a loop at them. We actually weren’t supposed to stay in it the entire game, but it was working.”

Burbank (13-7, 3-4 in the league)  jumped out to an early lead and was never seriously threatened by Burroughs (11-8, 2-5).

The Bulldogs led 16-6 at the end of the first quarter and led 30-19 at halftime.

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Things didn’t get any easier for Burroughs in the second half, as the Bulldogs went up 47-30 going into the final quarter.

“The zone bothered us a lot. We didn’t react well to it,” Burroughs coach Allan Ellis said. “We had some good looks, we just didn’t shoot the ball well. We’re a streaky team from the three-point line. As long as a team is not making shots, a team is going to stay in the zone.  That was a smart thing for them to do.”

Burroughs played without star guard Stefon Foster, who has battled a number of leg and knee injuries.

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“We’ve been sitting him out,” Ellis said. “Obviously he’s a big piece of the team and a leader. Hopefully, we can have him back for the second half of league.”

Burbank was led by Tyrese Willis, who had 15 points. Xavier Davis had 14 points. Chance Van Hook had 13 points and Erik Harutyunyan had nine. Jalen Clark and Justin DeSales each had four points and Sevak Mkrtchyan had two points.

Burroughs was led by Omar Searcy, who had 13 points. Carson Clarke had 11 points and Amir Montgomery had 10 points. Bryan Oasay had five points, Quinton Roberts had four and Zion Bazzell had three points.