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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 Football Wins Big Over Hoover

A week after opening the Pacific League season with a one-sided victory, the Burbank High football team had to get back to reality Thursday night.

Although the Bulldogs weren’t as sharp as a week ago, they easily defeated Hoover High 47-14 at Glendale High’s Moyse Field.

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“It was a little different environment than last week obviously. The energy after playing at home, it was hard to get up this week,” Burbank coach Adam Colman said.

Burbank (3-2 overall, 2-0 in the league) took a few plays to get settled in.

Eventually, quarterback Matthew Porras hooked up with Drew Pendleton on a 46-yard touchdown with 10:03 left in the first quarter.

Porras, who played in just the first half, finished 11 of 14 passing for 272 yards and five touchdowns with just one interception. He did this despite playing having a cold much of the week.

“We could have done better. I had an interception,” Porras said. “Our line did well and our defense did well.”

Colman praised his quarterback.

“He’s been sick all week. It starts in practice,” Colman said. “We’re running sprints and he’s in the front. He’s been taking a ton of Vitamin C just to get healthy.”

Porras hooked up with Erik Harutyunyan on a 15-yard touchdown at the 5:07 mark of the first quarter.

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Darnell Williams had a two-yard touchdown run later in the quarter.

Porras hooked up with tight end Duncan Smith on a 45-yard touchdown at the 5:38 mark of the second quarter to make it 26-0.

Porras and Harutyunyan connected once again with 34 seconds left in the first half to make it 33-0.

Ironically, Burbank got the ball back after a series of incomplete passes from Hoover.

That gave Porras once chance to get to the end zone with 6 seconds left in the half.

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He took advantage as he found Drew Pendleton in the right corner of the end zone to make it 40-0 with no time remaining in the half.

After Hoover fought back to score a pair of touchdowns in the second half with a running clock, Chadz Vang scored on a 23-yard run with 3:20 left in the fourth quarter.

 

Burbank Football Opens League Play in Big Way

To say that Burbank High enjoyed its first football game played on campus in nearly a decade was an understatement.

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The Bulldogs seized the moment Friday evening to open Pacific League play as they rolled to a 59-0 win over visiting Glendale High.

“It was a lot of fun. I have to thank the administration, our athletic directors and all the other behind-the-scenes people that did all the work to make it happen,” Burbank coach Adam Colman said. “We practiced better this week than we usually do. I think there was some energy out here, especially for senior night.”

Burbank (2-2) quickly took advantage of the Nitros (2-2) by opening to a 32-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Quarterback Matthew Porras hooked up with Chadz Vang on a 37-yard touchdown pass with 11:19 left in the first quarter.

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Porras hooked up with Drew Pendleton on a 21-yard touchdown with 8: 35 left in the quarter.

Running back Darnell Williams scored on a 3-yard run with 5:40 left in the quarter to push the lead to 19-0.

Following an interception by Burbank’s Eric Harutyunyan, the Bulldog two-way player scored on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Porras with 4:04 left in the quarter to increase the lead to 25-0.

Porras and Harutyunyan hooked up again with 1:27 left in the first quarter, this time from 12 yards out,  to make it 32-0. Porras finished the game completed nine of 10 passes for 149 yards with four touchdown passes.

“It’s really special. Our blood, sweat and tears and are all right here,” Porras said of playing a game on campus. “It is a great feeling playing here.”

Blake Quinteros got Burbank on the board in the second quarter by scoring on a 3-yard run.

“It was a good way to start. There’s a lot of things we can fix,” Porras added.

One thing Burbank struggled with was making extra points, much of it due to snaps either being too long or mishandled.

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“With senior night, we weren’t working on reps before,” Porras said.

Pendleton scored his second touchdown on a 71-yard reserve run with 28 seconds left in the first half to make it 45-0.

Burbank’s Louie Torres, who had two interceptions on the night, returned a pass from Glendale quarterback Van Haslett for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to begin the second half.

Burbank sophomore Isaac Glover got into the scoring at the 4:40 mark of the third quarter with a 17-yard run.

 

 

Burbank Boys’ Basketball Team Creates Another Miracle

Playing for one CIF Southern Section championship in a major sport isn’t enough to satisfy Burbank High during the 2016-17 school year.

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Duplicating the effort of the football team, the Bulldogs boys’ basketball team has also advanced to a championship contest.

Friday night the host Bulldogs pulled off one of the greatest victories in school history in any sport by defeating third-seeded Rancho Mirage 76-71 in the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA semifinals.

Rancho Mirage enjoyed a tremendous height advantage in that no Burbank starter was as tall as the shortest starter for the visitors.

“They’ve been talking to us ever since we got into the playoffs. They’ve been telling us nonstop to stay focused and take one game at a time, don’t let it slip away. They’ve been really good mentors for us,” Burbank’s Faraz Khandaker said of the football players. “We’ve been battling with size since we were sophomores. Sometimes it is heart over height.”

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Burbank (23-8) trailed by as many as 12 points in the first quarter. The Bulldogs were down 40-27 with 2:26 left in the first half as Rancho Mirage star Charles Neal was on fire. Neal scored 15 of his team-high 23 points in the first half.  Michael Woods hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half to cut the deficit to 41-35.

Every time it looked like Rancho Mirage (28-4) was on the verge of pulling away, Burbank would answer back.

The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game with 2:50 left on a three-pointer by Woods to make it 68-67. He finished with a game-high 30 points.

Rancho Mirage re-took the lead twice more before Burbank went up 72-71 on a goaltending call following a shot by Thomas Clark.

“I feel like in the second half we pulled it together,” Woods said. “Nobody wants to go home, we want to keep playing. I never thought this was going to happen. Coach (Jamayne) Potts came in and he helped us out. We were struggling my freshman and sophomore year.”

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Potts said keeping his team under control was the key.

“I told them one at a time don’t panic. I said play harder, play smarter, but don’t panic,” the second-year Burbank coach said. “That’s what they did.”

Burbank will face Brentwood in the CIF championship game at a site, time and date to be determined.

It will be Burbank’s first appearance in a CIF championship in basketball since 1926, when the Bulldogs lost 12-8 to Anaheim in the Class C title game. As a school, Burbank will be looking for its first CIF title since 1993 when the boys’ tennis team captured the Division 3 crown.

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Burbank has two just two players, sophomores Eric Harutyunyan and Duncan Smith, who also played on the football team.

“Too bad the football team couldn’t get it,” Woods said of a CIF title. “We saw how the football team felt. We just have to go as hard as we can to bring one to the city of Burbank.”

Khandaker and Clark each had 12 points. Ben Chavez had eight points, Abdullah Kobaissi had six, Cameron Sweeten five and Henrik Anassian three points.