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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.

Burroughs Boys Basketball Goes Flat Against Glendale

If the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team wants to make a run at a CIF Southern Section playoff berth, the Indians are going to have to greatly improve over the next month.

Playing in their first game of the year, Burroughs fell behind early and never recovered in a 67-55 home loss against Glendale.

“Our offense was stagnant. We forced way too many shots in the first half,” Burroughs coach Allan Ellis said.

Burroughs (8-11 overall, 1-5 in league) got a three-pointer from Emery Goulet to tie things at 3 early in the first quarter and that was the only time the Indians were level with the visiting Nitros.

Goulet, who had a game-high 25 points, did all he could to help keep the Indians in the game.

But Glendale (16-4, 4-2 in league) had a strong supporting cast and was able to display success with both its inside and outside game. Nitros center Elvin Hartoonian finished 17 points.

Glendale also got solid shooting from junior David Shamiryan, who had 15 points off the bench and hit three 3-pointers.

Burroughs trailed 22-12 at the end of the first quarter and went up by as much as 21 points on two occasions. A three-pointer by Goulet helped cut the deficit to 39-25 at halftime.

Another three-pointer by Goulet to start the second half got Burroughs to within 39-28.

Goulet helped cut the lead to single digits at 46-38 with 1:47 left in the third quarter. But Glendale quickly responded with a three-pointer by Cole Fajardo to stop the threat of a rally.

Burroughs Bryan Oasay hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 53-43 going into the final quarter.

Carson Cardenaz hit a three-pointer with 3:05 left to play to once again cut the deficit into single digits at 59-50.

But Burroughs was only able to cut the deficit to within eight when Goulet completed a three-point play with 1:37 left to make it 63-55.

Cardenaz finished with 12 points and Oasay had 11. Walker Miller had three points. Steven Johnson and Nick Garcia each had two points.

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.

 

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.

Burbank, Burroughs Boys Basketball Begin New Chapter

It was just a year ago that Burbank High had one of its greatest seasons in school history that nearly resulted in a CIF Southern Section championship. Burroughs featured a team that was built completely around multi-talented star Tristen Hull. Things have changed for both teams entering the 2017-18 season.

Burbank

The Bulldogs lost nearly everyone that played last season, led by Michael Woods, who is now at UC Merced.

While there are several returning varsity players, junior point guard Tyrese Willis was the only one who received regular playing time.

Willis has grown to 5-foot-7 and should be the team leader.

“Last year was last year. It was a different group,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said of the team that went 25-10. “This group has to go through the same things that the last group went through, which was they go through reps, they go through success, they learn how to win games. They go through failure and those things help you prepare to get towards CIF. We’re literally going one step at a time.”

Burbank will have just one senior on the team as Sevak Mkrtchyan (5-11) moves up from the junior varsity.

The Bulldogs have benefited by the addition of juniors Justin De Sales (6-2) and Jalen Clark (6-3), both of which transferred from Village Christian.

Coach Jamayne Potts is very optimistic about junior Xavier Davis (5-9).

Five more juniors return from last season including football stars Duncan Smith (6-4) and Erik Harutyunyan (6-1). Chance Van Hook (6-2), Luke Johnson (5-10) and Jared Pasion (5-9) also return.

Junior Angel Ibarra (6-2) and sophomores Ben Burnham (5-9) and Leo Tahmasian (6-0) move up from within the program.

Burroughs

As hard as it was to lose Hull, the Indians will be a more balanced team this season after going 13-14 a year ago. Hull is now playing at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

“It’s a different team obviously. We lost Tristen (Hull) so we don’t have a big guy anymore. We lost eight seniors so a lot of young guys need to take that leadership over,” Burroughs coach Allan Ellis said. “I like the team. We’re more of a guard-oriented team. We push the ball and we’re scoring at a high pace. We need to focus on defensive intensity and making sure we get stops.”

Burroughs returns senior Stefon Foster (6-2), who was the starting point guard last season when he was healthy. Senior Omar Searcy (6-0) and junior Zion Bazzell (6-1) will see key roles as wings. Senior Carson Clark (6-2) is expected to see time at power forward.

The Indians have added Amir Montgomery (6-3), a transfer from Bonita High in LaVerne. He will be the Indians’ big man. Coach Allen Ellis is also high on freshman Frank Waldeck (6-2) who recently moved to Burbank from North Carolina.

Juniors Bryan Oasay (5-10), Sammy Solis (5-10) and sophomores Quinton Roberts (6-1) and Emery Goulet (6-1) will add depth for the Indians.

 

 

Burbank Boys Basketball Wins Thriller Over Burroughs

It was everything it should have been and then some.

Four quarters was not enough to break a deadlock between the Burbank and Burroughs high boys’ basketball teams Thursday night in the regular season finale.

In the end the host Bulldogs held on for a 57-54 overtime victory.

“This is what rivalries are about,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said. “The thing I like best about the Burbank and Burroughs rivalry is that it is a very friendly rivalry. It is not nasty and that’s how the game and high school athletics should be.”

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Although his team didn’t come out on the winning end, Burroughs coach Allan Ellis liked what he saw.

“That’s why I love coaching,” Ellis said. “That environment of seeing the kids go at it, I couldn’t be more proud of my guys. That was an exciting battle, one of the best games I’ve seen in a while.”

Burbank’s Thomas Clark made his only basket of the game count in a big way as he hit a three-pointer with 2:44 left in the overtime period that gave Burbank a four-point lead.

At the time it was the largest lead either team had beyond halftime, as the Bulldogs went up 55-51.

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Burroughs fought hard to come back, even after star Tristen Hull fouled out with 1:31 left in overtime.

Zion Bazzell banked in a three-pointer with 44 seconds left in overtime to cut Burbank’s lead to 56-54.

Burbank’s Ben Chavez saved a last-chance opportunity for the Indians as he knocked the ball away from Stefon Foster in the final seconds and prevent a last-second shooting opportunity for Burroughs.

Both teams went back and forth all night.

The largest lead of the game was a 25-15 advantage Burroughs had with 4:34 left in the first half following a three-pointer from Omar Searcy.

Michael Woods sparked Burbank’s comeback with three dunks in the first half, two of which were late in the second quarter. Potts said those were the only slam dunks Woods has had all season.

Burbank cut Burroughs’ lead to 28-27 at halftime.

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The Indians had a chance to win in regulation but a layup attempt by Ryan Del Castillo rolled off the rim, forcing overtime.

Woods led Burbank with 20 points. Faraz Khandaker had 15 points and Chavez had nine. Cameron Sweeten had six points and Henrik Anassian and Abdullah Kobaissi each had two points.

Burroughs was led by Hull, who had 14 points. Foster had 13 points and Searcy had 11. Austin Marx had eight points and Del Castillo had four.

 

 

Burroughs Boys Basketball Falls Short Against Glendale

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It didn’t take long to realize that the Pacific League contest between Glendale and Burroughs Highs was going to come down to shooting and defense.

Both teams battled back and forth the entire game before the visiting Nitros prevailed in the end, winning 59-53.

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“We haven’t played well at home. They were in a 2-3 zone. We struggled with our shooting and that was why we had this result,” Burroughs coach Allen Ellis said. “We have to find a way to be consistent with our shooting. We have to be consistent with our effort and it’s not happening on a game-to-game basis. So as a coach I’m going to try a couple of different things and push them and make them more consistent with their effort.”

Burroughs (13-11, 5-7 in league) hit five three-pointers in the first half, but had just two in the second half.

Glendale (11-14, 3-9) hit six three-pointers in the first half and finished with seven for the game, led by freshman David Shamirian, who hit four three-pointers and finished with 14 points.

The Nitros went up 21-14 on Burroughs early in the second quarter on one of Shamirian’s three pointers.

Burroughs rallied by going on a 15-2 run that included two three-pointers from Austin Marx and one from Ryan Del Castillo.

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Just when it looked like the Indians were going to start pulling away, Glendale rallied and actually took a 31-30 lead going into the halftime break.

Burroughs star Tristen Hull, who finished with a team-high 17 points fought hard to bring his team back.

He completed a three-point play with 3:40 to play to tie the score at 48.

Trailing by six points, Burroughs appeared to get back within striking distance as Marx, who finished with 11 points, hit a three-pointer with 59 seconds left.

But the shot was waved off due to an offensive foul under the basket.

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“They hit shots and we didn’t,” Ellis said. “We’re an up-and-down shooting team and they were able to knock those shots down and we didn’t hit the big shots.”

Hunter Cutone and Del Castillo each had eight points, Omar Searcy had four, Justin Henderson three and Stefon Foster had two points.

 

 

 

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.

 

2016 Was a Year to Remember in Sports for Burbank and Burroughs

If there is one thing most people in Burbank will agree on it is that 2016 was the best year on record for sports at Burroughs and Burbank highs.

Three teams appeared in CIF Southern Section championship games or matches and that isn’t counting Burroughs boys’ cross country team, which also put together a solid season.

Myburbank.com takes a look at the top 10 teams of the 2016 calendar year.

10. Burbank boys’ basketball

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The young Bulldogs’ squad put together an impressive season going 20-11 overall, 8-6 in league. But it was postseason play that earned this team on this list. Led by junior Michael Woods, Burbank reached the quarterfinals of the Division 2-AA playoffs.  Burbank won on the road at Garden Grove and then defeated El Toro. Both opponents came in having won more than 20 games. In the quarterfinals, the Bulldogs hung tough for a long time before falling to Loyola of Los Angeles.

9. Burroughs baseball

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The Indians (19-7) started the season as hot as any team, winning the prestigious Easton Tournament by defeating eventual CIF Southern Section Division 1 finalist Harvard-Westlake in the final. The Indians went on to earn a share of a second consecutive Pacific League crown, despite losing virtually its entire starting lineup to graduation from the previous year. It was the first time in school history that Burroughs won league titles in consecutive years. Burroughs’ season ended in the first round of the CIF playoffs with a loss to Rancho Cucamonga. Highlights included pitcher Kyle Nicol signing a letter of intent with Cal State Northridge. Teammate Shaine Leonard signed with the University of Antelope Valley.

8. Burroughs boys’ basketball

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The Indians put together a 22-8 season and reached the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A playoffs for the first time since 1990, when Burroughs was knocked out by an Artesia team that featured future-NBA players Ed and Charles O’Bannon. In 2016, Burroughs lost to Santa Monica, the eventual CIF champion. Junior Tristen Hull earned All-CIF honors. Guard Steven Hubbell signed with California Lutheran University. Coach Adam Hochberg stepped down after the season to spend more time with his family.

7. Burbank boys’ track

The Bulldogs won a league title in boys’ track and field for the first time in 31 years. Burbank also did it without relying too much on its distance runners, which have traditionally been the strength of the program. Hurdler Martin Swan, jumper Noah Powell and sprinters Josh Cantong and Joey Miller were the leaders of the team. All four qualified for the CIF finals as a 1,600 meter relay team.

6. Burroughs boys’ cross country

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This is a team that going into the season looked like a strong contender to win its second CIF title in three years and one that could have very easily been the top team in the city. The Indians shared the Pacific League title with Arcadia even though Burroughs won two of the three league meets and only lost on a sixth man tie-breaker in the league final. Burroughs ran very well in CIF preliminaries and looked like a serious contender to win in the finals. But this team fell well short and surprisingly missed qualifying for the state meet. This team should be motivated for next season after this season’s disappointing finish. Several key runners return next season led by Alexander Hirsch, Jagdeep Chahal and Jacob Calderon. A CIF title is within reach in 2017.

5. Burroughs girls’ basketball

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The Indians dominated league by going 14-0, 24-8 overall and reaching the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A playoffs.  Ironically, Burroughs lost on the road in the semifinals at Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach. Mira Costa then lost in the final to Crescenta Valley, a team Burroughs defeated twice in winning the Pacific League. Jordan Meltzer led the Indians as she shared the Pacific League Player of the Year honor with Crescenta Valley’s Alissa Shin.

4. Burroughs softball

The Indians had an outstanding season led by sophomore pitcher Presley Miraglia, who was named the Pacific League Player of the Year and earned All-CIF honors for a second time. Burroughs went 24-5 on the season and lost 7-0 in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs to Grand Terrace, the eventual champion and one of the top rated teams in the nation. Coach Doug Nicol stepped down after the season so he could spend more time watching his kids play sports in college.

3. Burroughs boys’ water polo

A CIF champion in the third spot some might say? Yes, Burroughs had an outstanding season in winning the CIF Southern Section Division 5 title. However, one must remember the Indians did not win the Pacific League title. Their opposition in the playoffs was certainly not elite. There are also some questions marks around this team as several key players have not been students at Burroughs throughout their entire high school careers. In fact, several are transfers from Burbank High. But this team will almost certainly be higher up on the list next year as the main core of players return for their senior seasons, led by CIF MVP David Arakelyan, J.J. Ambartsumyan and Marko Vucetic.

2. Burbank football

The Bulldogs captured the hearts of many of the city. For the first time in 30 years a local football team played for a CIF Southern Section title.

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After finishing second in the Pacific League, the Bulldogs were clearly a different team in the playoffs, dominating most of their opponents until the final when it was bothered by an unexpected call of Mother Nature. Still nobody will forget this group that grew up together led by Guy Gibbs, Nick Warren, Forest Fajardo and Jake Kelley. These kids should all be in the Burbank High Sports Hall of Fame one day.  Coach Richard Broussard stepped down at the end of the season.

1. Burroughs boys’ volleyball

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The Indians won their seventh consecutive Pacific League title and were clearly the most talented team in the city. Led by a veteran group that included setter Ryan Van Loo and outside hitters Andrew D’Almada and Cameron Capili, the Indians overcame a loss to Oak Park in the CIF Southern Section championship by defeating that same team a week later in CIF Southern California State Regional tournament.

 

In closing, it was very hard to make a top-10 list. There were a couple of teams that were very good that did not make the list but deserve honorable mention. Those were the Burbank and Burroughs girls’ soccer teams. The Burroughs boys’ soccer team also had a solid season as did the Burbank girls’ tennis team, the Burbank girls’ basketball team and Burroughs girls’ golf team and volleyball teams.

We want to wish the best of luck to all Burbank and Burroughs teams in 2017.

 

Burbank, Burroughs Boys’ Basketball Have Big Things in Mind

Much like their respective football teams, the boys’ basketball teams at Burbank and Burroughs highs have a similar feel. Burbank has a deep nucleus returning. Burroughs has a star leader in Tristen Hull, but is relatively inexperienced around him. Both teams are hoping to achieve similar success to last season when both went deep into the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Burbank

The Bulldogs went 20-11 a year ago and return four of five starters as well as their sixth man. Burbank will carry 14 players with seven seniors and seven sophomores.

Last season the Bulldogs reached the quarterfinals of the Division 2 AA playoffs, before losing to Loyola of Los Angeles.

Burbank is led by 6-foot-2 senior Michael Woods, a first-team all-league pick a year ago. Woods also earned second-team All-CIF honors.

“He does everything for us,” second-year coach Jamayne Potts said. “His job is to give us points or create for others.”

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Burbank will count on Michael Woods to lead the team again. (Photo By: Edward Tovmassian)

Faraz Khandaker (6-3) was the sixth man last season and led the team in rebounding.

“He brings a lot of energy on both sides of the floor,” Potts said.

Cameron Sweeten (5-11) returns as the point guard.

“He dictates our tempo and gets everyone their open looks,” Potts said. “He should lead our league in assists. He has that kind of ability.”

Thomas Clark (6-4) was Burbank’s defensive player of the year last year. He has committed to Macalester College in Minnesota.

Potts said Clark generally takes on the assignment of guarding the opposing team’s tallest player, but is more than an inside presence because of his ability to knock down three pointers.

Ben Chavez (6-2) is also a returning starter and is a solid shooter.

Abdullah Kobaissi (6-3) is a versatile returner who Potts said greatly improved in the summer.

Henrik Anassian (5-8) is a guard who Potts said is one of the smartest players on the team.

“We have some high expectations for ourselves. We would like to get above 20 wins,” Potts said. “We’re also looking to win league. We know it won’t be easy, but with the veteran group that we have we should be competing for (a) league (title). We’d like to make the CIF championship this year.”

Of the sophomores, one interesting player is sophomore Tyrese Willis, who will sit out the first month of the season after transferring from Village Christian. Willis is a 5-5 point guard with a bright future.

Erik Harutyunyan (6-1) and Duncan Smith (6-4) are both experiencing success with the football team and will add some depth when they return.

Jared Pasion (5-7) is a point guard up from the freshmen team. Luke Johnson (5-9), Avi Rivera (5-10) and Chance Van Hook (6-1) are all sophomores who came up from the freshman team.

“We have a senior group that will provide great leadership,” Potts said. “They are mentoring the sophomores so when they graduate those sophomores will be ready to go. The sophomores are talented. They went 24-3 and learned how to win as freshmen.”

Burroughs

The Indians are coming off an outstanding season in which they went 22-8 and reached the semifinals of the Division 1A playoffs, losing to eventual champion Santa Monica.

Allen Ellis has taken over as coach for Adam Hochberg, who stepped down to spend more time with his family.

Four players return from that team. Mostly notably is the versatile Hull, who has grown 6-7. Hull said he is being looked at colleges like Cal State Los Angeles, Northern Arizona, North Dakota St. as well as others.

“He’s going to have to play all positions at times,” Ellis said. “He’s our five-four man, but he has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create for others. We’re going to utilize that and utilize his strengths the best we can to help the team.”

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Tristen Hull is expected to have a big year for Burroughs. (Photo by: Edward Tovmassian)

Like Burbank, Burroughs will carry 14 players on varsity.

Also returning to the varsity are senior power forward Justin Henderson (6-3) and senior small forwards Austin Marx (6-0) and Brannan Shepherd (6-0).

“I think we have a lot of talent. Defensively we’re going to be aggressive and go after it,” Ellis said. “I like our chances throughout the year. I like our chances in league. We’ll be ready to play every single night.”

Junior point guard Stefon Foster (6-2), who was on the junior varsity last year, is expected to take over the playing making duties.

“We have a couple of young guys like Stefon Foster who is going to surprise a lot of people,” Ellis said.

Also up from the junior varsity is sophomore guard Zion Bazzell (6-0).

“We’re excited to watch him play,” Ellis said. “He’s very young, the youngest on the team but he has a great skill set.”

Junior Omar Searcy (5-11) and senior Ryan Del Castillo (6-1) also figure to be in the mix to get significant playing time.

Rounding out the team are seniors Hunter Cutone (5-8), Adam Kaba (6-1), Trevor Renga (6-3), juniors Carson Clarke (6-2), Kevin Rickman (6-0), and DJ Hubbell (5-8).