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Burroughs Boys Hoops Handle Burbank, 59-50

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


In a game filled with twists and turns, it was the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team which had the final answer.

Ahead at the half by six points, the Indians relied on a deep bench along with their five starters to hold off host Burbank 59-50 in a Pacific League showdown on Friday night before an overflow crowd.

Two players scored in double figures for the Indians (15-4 and 5-2 in league) as senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell had a team-best 14 points while adding six rebounds, five assists, and three steals, and junior power forward Tristen Hull contributed 11 points.

Senior point guard Ross Lee III had five points for the Indians, but helped in other ways like dishing off for five assists.

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Steven Hubbell, who had 14 points, dribbles out of trouble for Burroughs which knocked off Burbank, 59-50. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We’re a deep team and especially when it’s Burbank-Burroughs, you know that you’re going to need depth,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said.

Senior small forward Ellie Hanno had 11 points for the Bulldogs (14-7 and 4-3 in league) and junior swingman Michael Woods tacked on 11 points.

Burroughs made 20 of 52 (38.4 percent) from the field, while holding the Bulldogs to 18 of 59 (30.5 percent).

“We like to space the floor because we have shooters, but we live off our defensive energy,” Hochberg said.

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Ross Lee III (left) and Ellie Hanno (#3) fight for the ball. Indians won by nine points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians were successful on nine of 12 from the free-throw line while Burbank canned six of 16.

A tight first quarter fell in favor of the Indians 13-11 as junior wing Justin Henderson (six points) had a dunk and a three-pointer as Burroughs made five of 13 from the field.

When Hubbell drained a trey with 56 seconds left on the clock, the Indians marched in front 13-5 which forced Burbank to call for a time out.

The Bulldogs drilled four of 14 from the field in the stanza with Hanno splashing in a trey and Woods tossing in a hoop.

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Burbank swingman Michael Woods scored 11 points versus the Indians. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians outscored the Bulldogs 17-13 in the second quarter as they made three of their seven from three-point range.

Hubbell then hammered two three-pointers in the second quarter with one coming at 4:24 that gave the Indians a 27-17 lead as Burbank asked for another time out.

Junior wing Elijah Cain (six points) drilled the first of his two three-pointers in the quarter for the Indians.

Hull contributed five points in the frame including a slam dunk with 2:50 left that made it 29-17.

“We feed off the crowd,” said Hull, who picked up 10 rebounds. “We definitely feed off the positive energy and block out the negative energy.”

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Senior power forward Angelo Solis contributed eight points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Indians. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians scored 15 points in the third quarter after making six of 17 with Hull dropping in five points while senior point guard Eric Allen had five of seven points.

Allen’s trey with 2:17 left in the third quarter pushed the Indians’ lead to 42-31 and again the Bulldogs asked for time.

Burbank hit three of 14 shots in the third quarter, but then drilled five of 12 in the fourth quarter as Hanno made two treys and Woods one.

The Indians made only three of 10 from the field in the fourth quarter, but did find the range on eight of 11 free throws with senior power forward Angelo Solis, who had 12 rebounds with five blocks and eight points, banging in four.

The Indians host Crescenta Valley on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. start while the Bulldogs travel to Muir with a 6:30 p.m. tipoff.

Burroughs Girls Hoops Edge Burbank, 43-41, In A Classic

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


It must have felt like walking a tightrope without a net for the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team.

One wrong move and it could have been curtains, but it wasn’t as the Indians, after leading and then falling behind, rallied late against city rival and host Burbank on Friday for a dramatic and thrilling 43-41 triumph in a Pacific League classic.

“All season long we’ve struggled offensively,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “Our defense and our conditioning are what we count on. We only played six players so we have to be in condition.”

Where does one start when describing what happened before an overflow and extremely loud crowd?

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Burbank’s Osanna Tirityan dribbles while being defended by Jordan Meltzer. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs, which has won 35 consecutive league games stretching over a three-year period, didn’t shoot well (25.9 percent on 14 of 54 from the field) nor did they make its free throws at a high rate (56.6 percent on 13 of 23).

But when the charity tosses were needed the most, the Indians found a way to sink them.

In the fourth and final quarter, Burroughs (14-7 and 7-0 in league) canned nine of 16 free-throw attempts with junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz dropping in six of nine and drilling eight of 11 for the game.

“We knew that it was going to be a close game,” Cardenaz said. “We knew there would be pressure because it was Burbank, and even though I probably seemed calm on the outside, I was really nervous on the inside.”

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It’s always fast and furious when Burroughs and Burbank meet. This time the Indians prevailed 43-41. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Cardenaz added: “The fourth quarter has been our quarter. We’re always in condition.”

The Indians entered the final quarter trailing 29-27, but outscored the Bulldogs 16-12 with Cardenaz scoring eight of her team-high 14 points.

With 23 seconds left, a pair of charity tosses by Cardenaz gave the Indians a 42-41 lead.

Senior point guard Jordan Meltzer drilled a key three-pointer in the fourth quarter after tallying eight points over the three previous quarters.

Meltzer finished with 11 points, and was a strong and steadying force for the Indians.

When Cardenaz, who grabbed six rebounds, scored a bucket and converted a free throw with 1:27 left, the Indians pulled to within 39-37.

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Defense and conditioning are always keys for the Indians. It was in Friday’s two-point win over the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (15-6 and 5-2 in league), which came in with a four-game winning streak, fell behind 6-2 in the initial quarter after making one of nine shots while the Indians made three of 12.

But Burbank rallied and outscored the Indians 16-12 in the second quarter after drilling six of 11 and the visitors hitting five of 19 from the floor.

Freshman shooting guard/small forward Osanna Tirityan scored seven of her game-best 16 points in the second quarter.

Senior power forward Christina Mkrtchyan tossed in seven of her 14 points in the same quarter for the Bulldogs (15 of 38 from the field for 39.4 percent).

Burbank connected on three of six in the third quarter and scored 11 points while holding the Indians, who converted three of 13 from the field, to 10 points.

Again Tirityan, who added 11 rebounds, made a three-pointer in the period while Mkrtchyan, who pulled down eight boards, drilled two three-pointers with a free throw.

Leading the way for the Indians in the third quarter was senior shooting guard Abbey Ibarra who dropped in five of her seven points.

Ibarra, who nailed a trey in the third quarter, added a key bucket in the fourth quarter when the Indians made three of 10 from the floor.

Senior shooting guard Brooke Radcliff didn’t score in the third quarter but had an outstanding second quarter when she tallied five points.

Radcliff also added three free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with eight points.

The Indians will have a showdown on Tuesday at Crescenta Valley (6-1 in league). The tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Meanwhile Burbank will visit Muir on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. start.

Burroughs Girls Water Polo Creams Hoover, 17-1

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Senior goalie Kate Wilke had a near-perfect outing while junior driver Dominique Silva and sophomore setter Bianca Sanchez each tossed in five goals for the Burroughs High girls’ water polo team during a 17-1 shellacking of visiting Hoover in a Pacific League match on Thursday afternoon.

The Indians are 4-0 in league action and 11-7 overall, while the Tornadoes are 0-3 in league.

Burroughs’ unblemished run through the league includes wins over host Burbank 8-3, visiting Pasadena 20-7, and host Glendale 11-2, before drilling the Tornadoes.

“We have a great team dynamic,” Burroughs second-year coach Jacob Cook said. “Defensively and offensively we’re strong. Right now we’re shooting for second place in league behind Crescenta Valley. They’re always good.”

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Burroughs senior goalie Kate Wilke was brilliant in 17-1 win over Hoover. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs will play next on Jan. 28 with a showdown against perennial power and defending league champion Crescenta Valley.

The start time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

“I think that we’re coming along really well this year,” said Wilke, who accepted a scholarship in November to play at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania. “We were really up for it today compared to last year when we lost to Hoover by something like 6-5.”

Wilke finished with 18 saves, five steals and nine assists and hopes to break the school record for saves which is 312.

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Sophomore driver Gwen Turla readies to unload a shot against the Tornadoes. Turla poured in four goals. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

To date Wilke has 243 saves, so it’s looking pretty good that she’ll have the record before the season ends.

Matters started out swimmingly for Burroughs which sprinted to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter.

The Indians added four goals in the second stanza for a 7-0 halftime cushion.

It was 13-1 after three quarters when the Indians scored six goals and for good measure they chipped in with four tallies in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore driver Gwen Turla scored three of her four goals in the opening quarter.

Turla’s initial strike came with 5:59 left in the period and made it 1-0, and her second came 35 seconds later for a 2-0 edge.

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Turla (#6) does an outstanding defensive job. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Turla’s marker with 4:47 pushed the Indians’ lead to 3-0 as the Tornadoes called time out.

Silva scored two goals in the second quarter with the first coming at 4:35 as Burroughs moved ahead 4-0, and then added a winner with just nine seconds on the clock for a 7-0 edge.

Sanchez’s goal with 3:54 showing gave the Indians a 4-0 lead and junior point Elizabeth Wrobel scored with 3:03 left in the frame that made it 6-0.

Silva was a key in the third quarter as she put in three goals. Silva’s tally with 6:20 on the clock pushed the margin to 8-0 and her effort with 2:58 left made it 10-1.

A goal from Silva with 1:31 left extended the lead to 12-1 and forced Hoover to ask for a time out.

Sanchez’s goal with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter gave the Indians an 11-1 lead and her score with 40 seconds left pushed it to 13-1. A tally from Turla gave the Indians a 9-0 cushion and 5:45 left.

Junior driver Viktoria Saroyan added a pair of goals in the fourth quarter. Saroyan’s first came with 5:37 left on the clock that made it 14-1, while her second tally made it 15-1 with 3:52 showing.

Sanchez tacked on a goal with 2:08 remaining on the clock for a 16-1 edge and then added a bullet with 1:31 showing to make it a 16-point spread.

Hoover’s only goal was put in by Sona Aghasaryan and came with 3:48 left in the third quarter, cutting Burroughs’ lead to 9-1.

Burroughs Wallops Glendale 95-53; Burbank Is Next

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


On an evening in which it was raining outside, it was also raining three-pointers inside the Burroughs High gym as the Indians’ boys basketball team poured in 15 three-pointers and routed visiting Glendale 95-53 in a Pacific League contest on Tuesday.

Senior point guard Ross Lee III finished with a game-best 28 points as the St. Genevieve transfer drained eight three-point attempts.

Lee was asked what’s his role? “I like to run plays for me early and then get my teammates involved,” he said. “But today I knew after the first three minutes or about midway through the first quarter that I was going to have a big night.”

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Ross Lee III scored a game-best 28 points in rout of Glendale. The senior point guard had eight three-pointers. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

From the outset, Lee, who dished out five assists and had three steals, had his long-range touch working as he converted four treys in the first quarter while scoring 14 points.

In the frame, the Indians, ranked 12th in the CIF Southern Section Division I-A, connected on 11 of 17 shots and pulled ahead 27-9.

“When we’re making our three-pointers and we play defense and stick to our game plan we’re going to be hard to beat,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “We thought we’d be 5-1 in league at this point, but we’re 4-2, which isn’t bad. Even though we’ve lost a few games, we still think we can be the best team in the league.”

Lee’s three-pointer with 5:17 showing on the clock in the first quarter gave the Indians a 10-4 advantage.

The torrid shooting continued into the second quarter as Burroughs (14-4 and 4-2 in league) canned seven of 15 from the field as junior power forward Tristen Hull tallied six of his 14 points.

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Lead guard Steven Hubbell dropped in 11 points and three treys. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Lee was somewhat quiet in the second quarter as he scored only one bucket from long range.

But senior shooting guard Steven Hubbell, who made three from beyond the arc, chimed in with a pair of three-pointers en route to 11 points as the Indians, who made 50 percent of their shots from the field (32 of 64) took a 48-28 lead into the break.

A 27-point third quarter followed for the Indians who made nine of 21 from the field.

Lee showed the way by scoring 11 points while hitting three from three-point range as Burroughs forged a 75-36 advantage after three quarters over Glendale, which made 33.9 percent from the field (19 of 56).

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Junior forward Tristen Hull goes up for a shot. Hull finished with 14 points in 42-point rout of Glendale. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior power forward Angelo Solis chipped in with 10 points including four points in the third quarter.

Junior guard Austin Marx (nine points) came off the bench and tossed in three treys to lead the charge in the fourth quarter as the Indians made five of 11 from the floor.

Eli Degrate finished with a team-best 11 points for the Nitros (7-12 and 0-6 in league), while Daniel Madden, Alex Ramos and Daniel Gonzalez all had eight points.

The next time Burroughs takes the floor will be Friday at 7 p.m. at city rival Burbank.

Burroughs Pours It On In Second Half, Win 68-52 Over Hoover

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


A close first quarter was followed by a one-sided second and third quarter which helped propel the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team to a 68-52 defeat of host Hoover in a Pacific League contest on Friday night.

Senior guard Steven Hubbell set the tone early as he tossed in five three-pointers en route to a team-best 17 points.

Hubbell, an accomplished football player who quarterbacked the Indians deep into the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs, made three-point shots in each quarter.

“We always want to stay aggressive,” said Hubbell, who had nine points in the second half on three three-pointers. “Yeah, I was feeling it. But Ross [Lee], our point guard, did a great job because I got a lot of opening looks.”

The only other Burroughs player to reach double digits was senior wing Nick Howard who had 10 points.

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Senior guard Ross Lee III (#3) had nine points and senior wing Nick Howard (#24) added 10 in a 16-point win over host Hoover. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Howard, who had eight points across the second half, also drilled a three-pointer in the third quarter when he scored six points.

Hoover guard Alec Pirijanian was the game’s leading scorer with 32 points (24 points in the second half) as he finished with eight from three-point range.

The Indians, who shot 40.9 percent from the floor (25 of 61), pulled ahead 11-9 after the first quarter.

In the frame, Lee III, a senior who scored nine points, accounted for six while Hubbell scored five points and also drained a three-point attempt.

The Indians (13-4 and 3-2 in league) made five of 15 from the field in the opening quarter, but then hit seven of 16 in the second quarter and outscored the Tornadoes 18-8.

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Junior wing Justin Henderson scored nine points in a 68-52 win by the Indians. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“This was a great win because it was our first [league] on the road,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “We have a lot of seniors and sometimes they can be stubborn. We’re struggling mentally, but they’re going to get better. We just need to follow the game plan. Because it’s our game plan versus their game plan.”

Seven players scored in the second quarter with junior wing Justin Henderson tallying four of his nine points, while senior guard Eric Allen tossed in four of his six points.

Holding a 29-17 advantage at the half, the Indians, who were coming off a road loss to Muir 61-50, then made nine of 15 shots in the third quarter and took a 51-29 lead into the final quarter.

At this point Howard and Hubbell showed the way with six points each while Henderson and senior forward Angelo Solis (seven points) each added four points.

“They [Hoover] played hard and they’re scrappy,” said Solis, who had three blocks and two steals. “We take it one game at a time.”

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Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg, shown here in a recent Pacific League game, sees his team improving. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Solis said he didn’t want to look too far ahead to next week’s game versus Burbank even though it always big.

“Of course we always look forward to that game. But we can’t think too much about that,” he said.

A slam dunk by junior forward Tristen Hull (four points, five rebounds and three assists) with 1:25 left in the third quarter made it 51-24.

Burroughs was outscored by the Tornadoes (4-13 and 1-4 in league) in the fourth quarter 23-17 after making four of 15 from the field with nine players scoring including Hubbell’s trey.

When Solis put in a baby slam with 2:35 left on the clock in the final quarter the Indians forged a 61-42 advantage.

Pirijanian scored 10 points in the third quarter and converted two from three-point range.

The sharp-shooter then tallied 14 points in the fourth quarter while making four three-pointers.

His three-pointer with 3:51 left on the clock in the fourth quarter cut the Indians’ lead to 57-42 which promoted Hochberg to ask for a time out.

Burroughs will next host Glendale on Tuesday with a 5:00 p.m. start before traveling to Burbank for the annual city showdown on Friday.

Burroughs Girls Still Undefeated In Pacific League, Toss Aside Hoover, 53-24

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Smothering and relentless defense along with sizzling shooting in the first quarter was at the heart of the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team’s 53-24 triumph over host Hoover in a Pacific League match on Friday.

Eleven players scored for the Indians who remain undefeated in league play with senior guard Abbey Ibarra leading the way after tallying a game-high 14 points.

The Indians (12-7 and 5-0 in league) connected on 21 of 64 from the field for 32.8 percent, but drained 10 of 20 in the opening quarter as the visitors took a 23-2 lead.

“We started off really well and we played with good energy,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “Overall we played hard, but we need to correct some mistakes offensively.”

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Abbey Ibarra, shown here against Pasadena, tossed in a game-best 14 points in a rout versus Hoover on Friday. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Ibarra tallied nine of her points in the opening stanza including nailing a three-pointer.

Senior guard Jordan Meltzer, who also canned a three-point shot in the initial quarter, scored all of her nine points in the first quarter.

“We just try to stick to the game plan,” Ibarra said of the team’s philosophy. “We try to listen to the coach. Our coaches prepare us well enough.”

Knowing that the Indians are gunning for a fourth straight league title, is there added pressure to win?

“Sometimes I feel the pressure because we don’t know what the other team will bring,” Ibarra pointed out. “We think that we’re going to get a lot better because that’s a challenge for our team.”

Burroughs extended its lead to 34-9 at the intermission as junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz (six points) dropped in four points in the second quarter after scoring two points in the first quarter.

Sophomore center Marin Grote, who finished with five points, had a hoop and a free throw in the second quarter, and later scored a bucket in the third quarter.

Hoover made one of seven from the field in the opening quarter and hit one of eight in the second quarter.

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Junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz scored all six points in the first half as the Indians led 34-9 over the host Tornadoes. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs struggled from the floor in the third quarter scoring five points and converted two of 13.

Beside Ibarra’s hoop, the Indians received a Grote bucket and a free throw from junior forward Haley Wilson as Burroughs took a 39-12 advantage into the final quarter.

The Indians were a little more successful in the fourth quarter after drilling five of 17.

The reserves were in at this point as senior guard Taryn Mejia poured in five points including a three-pointer with a pair of free throws.

Meanwhile freshman guard Ayumi DeHerrera added four points, freshman guard Jillian Kukawski canned a three-pointer and junior forward Jocelyn Rieken added two points.

The Tornadoes (5-12 and 1-4 in league) drilled five of 38 from the field (13.1 percent) and were led by senior small forward Lilit Aghanes with seven points followed by junior guard Khiara Almendras with six points.

The Indians will face Glendale on the road next Tuesday with a 5:30 p.m. start.

Burroughs Squeezes Past Pasadena, 70-66

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Faced with a 10-point halftime deficit, the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team went to work and eventually earned a 70-66 Pacific League triumph over visiting Pasadena on Friday evening.

The Indians, who are 11-3 and 1-1 in league, used a pair of 21-point, action-packed  quarters in the second half for the rally.

Junior wing Justin Henderson scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half while senior forward Angelo Solis, who grabbed nine rebounds and had two blocked shots, finished with a team-high 19 points, dropped in six points in the second half.

One of the differences was that Burroughs shot 66.6 percent in the second half making 16 of 24.

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Justin Henderson’s 17 points were essential in 70-66 win over Pasadena. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians connected on nine of 22 attempts in the opening half for 40.9 percent.

“We didn’t play like we normally do,” Burroughs coach Adam Hochberg said. “But the credit goes to Pasadena. We can’t play 16 minutes and expect to win. We need to play 32 minutes. We need to execute and we didn’t in the first half. We came out in the second half and executed.”

Part of the problem was miscues. “We had 10 turnovers in the first half and we average 10 turnovers for an entire game,” Hochberg said.

The initial quarter was tight as the Bulldogs (7-7 and 1-1 in league) led 12-10 on the strength of four points each from senior small forward Tyrek Adams and sophomore wing Bryce Hamilton.

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Junior forward Tristen Hull shoots over a Bulldog defender. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs then exploded with 26 points in the second quarter as Hamilton (15 points) chipped in with 10 and Adams, who had a game-high 27 points, added eight points.

Something changed in the third quarter as Pasadena was held to 16 points while making six of eight from the field. The Bulldogs’ lead was reduced to 54-49 entering the fourth quarter.

“This was a big game and win for us,” said senior guard Steven Hubbell, who had seven points. “Angelo played big for us and so did Justin.”

In the third quarter, the Indians (25 of 46 for 54.3 percent) drilled nine of 13 from the floor and six of nine from the free-throw line. Burroughs canned 17 of 29 from the charity line.

Burroughs connected on seven of 11 from the field in the final quarter, while holding Pasadena to four of 11.

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Senior point guard Ross Lee III (#3) and senior wing Nick Howard (#24) play tight defense in a four-point win over Pasadena. Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Senior guard Ross Lee III, who had six assists and three steals, went to work in the fourth quarter as he scored nine of his 11 points, while Henderson, who pulled down three rebounds, dropped in six points.

Lee’s three-pointer cut Pasadena’s advantage to 62-61 with 2:25 left and his hoop with 25 seconds pushed the Indians in front 67-65.

Bench players were also needed as senior reserve guard Eric Allen had all of his points (three) in the final stanza.

Junior forward Tristen Hull added nine points for the Indians including six in the opening half. Senior wing Nick Howard added four points in the second half.

A bucket by Adams with 1:30 showing in the fourth quarter gave the Bulldogs (22 of 38 for 57.8 percent) a 64-63 lead.

Burroughs will continued its league play with a game at Arcadia on Monday with a 7 p.m. start.

Meltzer, Grote Pace Burroughs To 54-16 Triumph Over Pasadena

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Experience and youth helped carry the Burroughs High girls’ basketball team to a 54-16 thrashing of visiting Pasadena on Friday night in a Pacific League encounter.

Senior guard Jordan Meltzer poured in a game-high 15 points and sophomore reserve center Marin Grote tossed in 10 points as the Indians are 2-0 in league action and 9-7 overall.

“We know what we’re supposed to do,” Meltzer said. “We made some mistakes in the opening half and coach was mad. We tried to remain focused because in the long run mistakes against really good teams are going to hurt us.”

Burroughs, which hit 22 of 50 shots from the field for 44 percent, blanked Pasadena (5-10 and 0-2 in league) 11-0 in the opening quarter and then outscored the Bulldogs 26-7 in the second quarter.

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Senior guard Abbey Ibarra attempts a shot during 54-16 win over Pasadena. Ibarra had eight points. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Indians made 14 of 35 attempts from the floor (40 percent) in the opening half and outrebounded the Bulldogs, 39-31, who converted four of 37 for 10.8 percent.

“We did a lot of good things in the first half, but there were some things that we didn’t do well,” Burroughs coach Vicky Oganyan said. “I’m always looking for perfection, but that’s the coach in me.”

Oganyan was pleased with the overall defensive attitude.  “I’m happy with the defensive energy,” she said.

Meltzer scored on a three-point shot in the opening quarter while Grote nailed a single free throw.

Meltzer really shined in the second quarter as she scored nine points as the Indians made 10 of 14 from the field.

Junior forward Haley Wilson accounted for five points in blitz over Pasadena. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Junior forward Haley Wilson accounted for five points in blitz of the Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I could have done way better like have a little more assists today,” Meltzer said.

In the same stanza Grote, a standout volleyball player, muscled her way to seven points as she tossed in two buckets and three free throws.

Senior guard Abbey Ibarra, who finished with eight points, also showed off her talents by scoring five points.

Ibarra hit a three-pointer in the second quarter after drilling a trey in the first quarter.

Junior forward Haley Wilson dropped in four points in the third quarter after scoring one point in the second quarter and finished with five points.

“My top eight are the ones who are going to lead the way for us offensively,” Oganyan said.

After three quarters the Indians were comfortably ahead of the Bulldogs, 50-10.

Freshman forward Nicole Rumfola had a strong outing as she had six points, with four points coming in the fourth quarter. Rumfola also scored a hoop in the third quarter.

Senior guard Brooke Radcliff, junior guard Kamryn Cardenaz, senior guard Melissa Garcia, junior forward Jocelyn Rieken and freshman guard Ayumi DeHerrea all scored two points.

Senior guard Victoria Agundez led the way for Pasadena with five points followed by sophomore forward Mariah Cathcart with four points.

The Indians will visit Arcadia on Monday in a league match. Tipoff is 5:30 p.m.


Burroughs Girls Hoopsters Stay Focused

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Reaching the top is hard work and never easy, and it won’t be for the Burroughs High girls basketball team which is gunning for a fourth straight Pacific League title.

The talent is there according to Coach Vicky Oganyan, whose team went undefeated in league play at 14-0 for the second year in a row, was the top seed in the CIF Southern Section I-A playoffs, advanced to the semifinals and went 30-3.

Aside from the starters and some rotation players, this team lacks experience. “We have a lot of newcomers to the varsity and they are slowly learning the game and getting used to playing at the varsity speed,” Oganyan said. “Our eight returners will lead the way with their experience. As long as we continue working hard and playing hard, we will be alright.”

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Senior guard Jordan Meltzer is a sharp-shooter and floor leader. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The Indians are 7-7 after participating in the Valencia Tournament, Burroughs Tournament and the West Coast Holiday Tournament.

League play begins on Jan. 5 against Crescenta Valley. Burroughs will also meet Burbank on Jan.22 and will host the Bulldogs on Feb. 11.

Burroughs will be paced by 5-foot-3 senior Jordan Meltzer, who will play point and shooting guard.

“Jordan is a good outside shooter, quick and can handle the pressure,” Oganyan said.

Senior co-captain Abbey Ibarra is 5-6 and a guard and an excellent shooter.

“Abbey can slash to the basket and is a great defender,” Oganyan noted.

Senior co-captain Brooke Radcliff is 5-7 and can play guard or forward, which makes her valuable.

“Brooke is also good at slashing to the basket and is a great rebounder and defender,” Oganyan pointed out. “She’s very tough and has improved her outside shot.”

Junior Kamryn Cardenaz is a 5-8 guard/forward and very strong. “She’s a great rebounder and is very explosive to the basket with a good outside shot,” Oganyan said.

Junior Haley Wilson is a 5-8 forward who like Cardenaz, doesn’t back down. “Haley is a strong rebounder and has improved her outside game with range and is a great defender,” Oganyan said.

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Senior guard Abbey Ibarra will be counted on to score, rebound, pass, defend and set the tone on the floor. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The key members off the bench include 5-9 junior forward Jocelyn Rieken.

“She has a good outside shot and inside post moves,” Oganyan said. “We’re looking to have her rebound and play tough defense.”

Marin Grote is a 6-4 sophomore center and a superb volleyball player with aspirations of playing in college.

“Marin is very athletic, agile and will help us with rebounding, scoring and defending in the paint,” Oganyan said.

Melissa Garcia is a 5-5 senior guard with an excellent shooting touch.

“Melissa will play some point and can handle the pressure,” Oganyan said.

The newcomers will be comprised of 5-6 senior guard Taryn Mejia, who works hard and has a good outside shot according to Oganyan.

The others include 5-9 junior forward Caitlyn Pentland. “She moved up from the junior varsity and can help us with rebounding,” Oganyan said.

Vanessa Villa is a 5-11 sophomore forward/center. “Vanessa works hard and is trying to refine her game,” Oganyan said.

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Junior guard/forward Kamryn Cardenaz is strong, a good shooter, rebounder and explodes to the hoop. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The others include 5-6 freshman guard Jillian Kukawski. “Jill has gotten better over the summer and is developing her outside shot,” Oganyan said. “She’s very active, tough and will help us with hustle plays.”

Freshman guard Arianna Farias is 5-3 and is a “tough and feisty defender who looks to improve her stock,” according to Oganyan.

Freshman Emily Gutierrez is a 5-5 guard and has an “accurate outside shot, is strong and can handle the ball,” according to Oganyan.

Freshman Ayumi DeHerrera is a 5-1 guard with an “exceptional outside shot, quick and a rugged defender,” Oganyan said.

Freshman Nicole Rumfola is a 5-8 forward with a “terrific outside shot, is quick and a splendid defender,” according to Oganyan.

Burroughs Boys Hoops Have Eye Set On The Prize

By Rick Assad
Sports Editor


Burroughs boys basketball Coach Adam Hochberg is a straight shooter and his team plays in the same manner.

The results are usually positive and have been so far as the Indians are 9-2 after playing in the Warriors Invitational at Heritage Christian, the Oaks Christian Holiday Classic and the Tustin Classic.

“This season we feel strongly that we can and will take the next step to reaching our potential we have been building over the last few seasons,” Hochberg said. “We have a mixture of experience, size, athleticism and resilience including five rotation players returning from last season.”

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Senior guard/wing Steven Hubbell is a gifted athlete who plays football and basketball. Photo by: Edward Tovmassian

Hochberg added: “Our focus in the program are always defensive energy, execution, communication and ball player movement on offense. We will be aggressive on both sides of the ball and use our personnel and depth to keep other teams off-balance and out of rhythm.”

The Indians have qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs three straight seasons and finished in the top half of the Pacific League a season ago.

Burroughs will open its league season on the road against Crescenta Valley on Jan. 5, and will face Burbank on Jan. 22 and host their city rival on Feb. 11.

The floor leaders are 6-0 senior guard Steven Hubbell, who made the second team Pacific League last year and plans on playing college basketball, and 5-10 senior point guard Ross Lee III.

“Hubbell will be a three-year varsity starter and team’s MVP last season after leading in scoring, assists, steals and three-point field goal percentage,” Hochberg said.

 “Hubbell will be the lead guard rather than on the wing,” he said. “Hubbell plays the game calm and under control and picks his spots at the right time to make plays for his team.”

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Junior 6-3 wing Justin Henderson will take on a significant role. Photo by: Edward Tovmassian

Hubbell knows something about being a leader having directed the Indians’ football team as the quarterback to the Southeast Division quarterfinals.

Lee is a transfer from St. Genevieve where he paced the Valiants as a junior in assists and steals and was third in scoring.

Lee was also named to the first team Santa Fe League and first team All-CIF Division IV where he helped his squad to the quarterfinals.

“Lee, who will also play at the next level collegiately, is an extremely hard worker both on and off the court,” Hochberg noted. “His excellent vision and skills combine with the ability to shoot the ball at an extremely high level. He will also be counted on to lead this team in its most crucial moments with his experience, knowledge, enthusiasm and confidence that he brings to the court.”

Junior Tristen Hull, a 6-6 power forward/center, is coming off a knee injury, and is another transfer who played basketball in Overland Park, Kansas, where he toiled for Blue Valley Northwest and led his team as a sophomore in rebounding and assists and was named to the second team all-league.

“Hull provides us with an excellent overall game, knowledge and skill set that includes the ability to play all five positions well in our system and has the size, length and athleticism to cause matchup problems for opponents all season on both ends of the floor,” Hochberg said. “Thus, with such versatility, he will be the X-factor. Tristen playing well means that everyone else on the team will benefit from the attention that he receives and will showcase his natural ability to make teammates better.”

Senior power forward Angelo Solis at 6-4, 6-0 senior wing Nick Howard and 5-8 senior point guard Eric Allen are key rotation players.

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Role players like junior wing Brannan Shepherd are vital to the overall success. Photo by: Edward Tovmassian

“Angelo has a 6-8 wingspan with a smooth shooting touch and has improved footwork,” Hochberg said. “He provides us with a rim protector and is an excellent rebounder and the ability to get his own shot and make plays around the basket.”

Hochberg continued: “Solis is tenacious and relentless on the floor. In combination with Tristen Hull, we have an excellent front court this season that should make us competitive against whomever we play.”

Hochberg on Howard: “Nick’s the team’s most improved player over the past few years in terms of skill and ability. However his confidence has always been sky high and his enthusiasm and effort rubs off on everyone.”

Hochberg added: “Howard has developed the ability to make his shots and get to the basket with ease to create for himself and teammates. His defensive talent and ability is still underrated and gives him his true identity as a player. Howard makes us extremely versatile in how we defend as a team and is willing to do whatever it takes to play his role and help his team win.”

Junior swingman Justin Henderson is 6-3 and is a talented returner who is expected to take on a much larger role this season according to Hochberg.

“The experience gained last season has motivated him to become an explosive transition player and much better defender in our system with his 6-3 frame,” Hochberg pointed out. “His improved decision making and ability to break down defenses make him a great option. Henderson playing well for us will provide tough matchups for our opponents.”

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Practice makes perfect under Coach Adam Hochberg’s system. Photo by: Edward Tovmassian

Senior wing Elijah Cain, at 6-1, returns to the varsity after a preseason stint last season and a successful league season for the junior varsity.

“Cain is one of the team’s best spot-up shooters and will help us a lot this season to space the floor with his knock down ability,” Hochberg said. “Elijah also uses his body well to get to the paint effectively. His defensive effort and overall execution as a rotation player can help his team take our season to its potential.”

Senior point guard Jordan Bridges, at 5-7, re-joins the varsity after a year leading the junior varsity to a solid season.

“Jordan is a talented and resilient lead guard and has overcome many obstacles and will be called upon to play important minutes,” Hochberg said. “He is very skilled in transition and can make plays for himself when he gets on the right spots on the floor. His defensive energy will also be a requirement and a major plus in disrupting opposing guards.”

Newcomer 6-4 senior power/center Garrit Green and senior 6-6 senior center Ricardo Herrada will provide the Indians with effective size according to Hochberg

“Both have worked extremely hard in the off-season to make themselves varsity ready,” Hochberg said. “Green has made major improvements in his overall game and both are ready to contribute as seniors.”

Hochberg also praised 5-10 junior point guard Austin Marx and 6-0 junior wing Brannan Shepherd.

“They are skilled shooters who join the varsity after playing junior varsity last season,” he said. “Their continued improvement and confidence on a daily basis within our system is key to them becoming effective varsity players this season and next. Both will gain valuable experience playing with this group and we are excited to see their growth and potential.”