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Burbank Boys’ Basketball Surges Past Burroughs


Something certainly changed the Burbank High boys’ basketball team in the fourth quarter Friday night.

After being tied with host Burroughs through three quarters the Bulldogs started to play up to the standard that has been customary with the team this season.

The result was a 61-46 victory.

“We held them to six points. We literally shut them down on defense,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said of the fourth quarter. “We also didn’t give them two or three chances on the boards and then we were able to run.”

Burbank (15-5, 4-3 in league) didn’t appear to be at its best in the first three quarters.

The Bulldogs converted just six of 17 free throw attempts.

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“I actually said our girls won their game and sealed it because they made free throws,” Potts said. “(I said) just concentrate on that and make your opportunities and they did.”

Burbank made six of eight free throws in the final quarter.

“I feel like everyone was getting in the groove. Once we get in a groove it just sparks everything up for our team,” Burbank’s Thomas Clark said.

Burroughs coach Allan Ellis praised his team for giving Burbank a tough fight. The Indians are now 11-8 overall, 3-4 in league.

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“We played a good three quarters for the most part. Our offense has been getting really stagnant the past couple of games,” Ellis said. “We’re missing our starting point guard Stefon Foster and one of our key seniors Brannan Shepherd to injuries and it’s really affecting us offensively in getting into our sets and running things the way we want to run them.”

After both teams were tied at 40 going into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs started the final period on a 10-0 run. A three-pointer by Ben Chavez got things going for the Bulldogs. It was one of three he had in the game.

Cameron Sweeten also came up big taking advantage of two Burroughs turnovers and turning them into three-point plays for the Bulldogs.

Burroughs’ lone field goal of the fourth quarter came on a three-pointer by Carson Clarke with 4:27 to play. The Indians only other points came via Tristen Hull at the free-throw line.

The Burroughs star finished with a game-high 22 points and was the only player on his team to score in double figures.

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Burbank was led by Michael Woods who had 19 points. Faraz Khandaker had 16 points, Sweeten had 10, Chavez had nine, Clark had six and Abdullah Kobaissi had one point.

For Burroughs Ryan Del Castillo had seven points, Austin Marx five, Justin Henderson four, Zion Bazzell and Clarke had three each and Omar Searcy had two points.


Burbank Boys’ Basketball Team Stung by Camarillo

If lessons are to be learned, the Burbank High boys’ basketball team picked a good time to learn a valuable lesson.

After leading Camarillo High much of the contest, the Bulldogs could not finish off their opponent and ultimately fell 60-56 Thursday in the semifinals of the Village Christian Christmas Classic.

“We lost our composure, they got momentum and it was over,” Burbank point Cameron Sweeten said.

Sweeten said Burbank (10-2) will use this game to learn from.

“That’s how we’re going to take it,” Sweeten said. “We play these games to get better. It is not league yet. We care about every game, but league is where it counts.”

The Bulldogs clearly showed they are capable of playing against top teams.  Burbank led 20-17 at the end of the first quarter, 41-35 at halftime and 49-41 at the end of three quarters.

“I thought we played well for 31 minutes. We lost our composure a little bit towards the end,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said. “They (Camarillo) forced the turnovers and made the big shots.”

Perhaps the difference in the end was the play of Camarillo point guard Jonah Cottrell and 6-foot-6 sophomore swingman Jaime Jaquez. Cottrell made 13 of 15 free throws and finished with a game-high 28 points. Jaquez, who clearly showed he will be playing for a major college one day, had 23 points.

“I thought Thomas Clark did a great job on him the majority of the night,” Potts said of guarding Jaquez. “We switched our defenses up a bit so they would be uncomfortable. I thought we played well.”

Burbank held the lead until the 2:07 mark of the fourth quarter when a three-pointer by Cottrell tied things at 54. Cottrell later hit a pair of free throws to give his team the lead.

Camarillo (10-3) got a huge three pointer from Justin Nguyen with 47 seconds to play, giving his team a five-point lead.

“I thought we executed our game plan on both ends of the floor and took care of the ball,” Potts said. “Their biggest thing (Camarillo) is they score a lot of points off second-chance opportunities. We did a pretty job of not giving them second-chance opportunities.”

Burbank was led by Michael Woods, who had 16 points. Faraz Khandaker had 13 points for the Bulldogs. Sweeten, Clark and Abdullah Kobaissi each had eight points. Ben Chavez had three points.