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Burbank Falls Short in Upset Bid

Burbank had plenty to celebrate leading 30-27 at the half (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burbank had plenty to celebrate leading 30-27 at the half (Photo by Craig Sherwood)


By Jim Riggio
Special to BurbankNBeyond

Sarkis Karium, #33, led Burbank with 16 points (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Sarkis Karium, #33, led Burbank with 16 points (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Not too many people were giving the Burbank High boys’ basketball team a chance Tuesday night when the Bulldogs hosted second-seeded Santa Monica in the second round of the CIF Southern Section 1A playoffs.

The Bulldogs played like they weren’t concerned what others were thinking. They gave the visiting Vikings all they could handle, only to fall short in the end, 58-46.

Burbank first-year coach Jerry DeLaurie praised his team, which actually led 30-27 at halftime.

“If you came to this basketball game you’re probably thinking we’re underdogs,” DeLaurie said. “The press is thinking that, our fans maybe doubt it, but we didn’t. We really believed we were going to win this game and we never quit at the end.”

Burbank (16-13) got big play in the first half from Sarkis Karium and Greg Salas.

Burbank's Andy Yanikyan looks for a shot amongst Santa Monica defenders (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Burbank’s Andy Yanikyan looks for a shot amongst Santa Monica defenders (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Salas hit four 3-pointers, three of which came in the first half. Karium was on his way to a team-high 16 points.

“Every time I got the ball I just wanted to shoot,” Salas said. “I guess I had confidence and it went in.”

The Bulldogs went up by as much as 30-21 with 2:08 left in the first half following a Salas three-pointer.

“It was great,” DeLaurie said. “It showed how hard we work as a program, what these kids believe in and what we’re about.”

Santa Monica (22-6) came in as a big favorite as it is led by California-bound guard Jordan Mathews.

Mathews led all scorers with 22 points, scoring 11 points in each half. Mathews had his team’s final four points of the first half.

But things began to change in the third quarter as Burbank did not hit a field goal until the 4:15 mark as a basket by Richard Elmoyan tied things up at 34. Mathews then countered with a three-pointer for the Vikings.

Santa Monica went on to outscore Burbank, 16-6, in the third to take a 43-36 lead into the final period.

Richard Elmoyan drives in for a layup (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Richard Elmoyan drives in for a layup (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“The first three minutes of the second half is always key. We were a little fatigued there and they caught up a little, but we kept coming back,” DeLaurie said. “I’m very happy. The kids played hard.

“If you play Burbank High you better come ready. It doesn’t matter who you are, we are going to come after you. I’m proud of my kids. Our defense was phenomenal. They didn’t make too many shots in the first half.”

Santa Monica got a big lift late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter from 6-foot-6 forward Spencer Cramer. He scored all 10 of his points in the second half.

Burbank could not get closer than seven points in the fourth. For a team that had no returning varsity experience from a year ago, the Bulldogs earned the respect of many.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game. Our coach did a good job of preparing us for it,” Salas said.





Richard Elmoyan, Burbank Basketball

Junior captain Richard Elmoyan (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Junior captain Richard Elmoyan (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

As the CIF Southern Section basketball playoffs begin this Friday, Burbank enters its first-round matchup at Loara High School with nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Richard Elmoyan

Richard Elmoyan

Behind the driving force of junior captain Richard Elmoyan, the Bulldogs exceeded everyone’s expectations this year to the tune of a fourth place finish in the highly competitive Pacific League.

Burbank (15-12) overachieved this season behind the tremendous coaching of first-year coach Jerry DeLaurie and the outstanding play of Elmoyan and company. After graduating 12 seniors from last year’s squad and hiring a new coaching staff in August, nobody had Burbank on their radar. Until now.

“I’m happy with where we are. I honestly didn’t expect us to be here with the (lack of) varsity experience from last year. But we are doing good overall,” said Elmoyan, the only returning player from last season’s Bulldogs team. “I feel rather proud that we are here now. As a first year coach, he did a good job of getting us together and believing. Everything has gone great since October, even August.”

Elmoyan, 16, has been the heart and soul of a resurgent Burbank program that refused to accept mediocrity but rather strive for excellence. Elmoyan transferred from Hoover during his freshman year and sat out a year of basketball before being declared eligible two games into league action during his sophomore year.

The experience of playing alongside his brother, Simon, built the foundation for his leadership this year.

“From last year’s experience I learned a lot. We had 11 or 12 seniors,” Elmoyan said. “It affected me on how I play now. I can actually lead a team now.”

DeLaurie recognized immediately the unique talents and leadership skills of Elmoyan. When he discovered that the cupboard was bare when he first arrived to coach in August, DeLaurie turned to Elmoyan for leadership and guidance.

Richard Elmoyan directs the Burbank offense against Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Richard Elmoyan directs the Burbank offense against Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Richard leads by example. He works tremendously hard for us with his energy and passion,” DeLaurie said. “His energy level is unbelievable. I don’t think anyone in this league plays with as much energy on offense and defense as he does.

“At the same time, he is always helping someone out. It could be his teammate or the team manager. He wants to make people happy. He’s a people’s person who always thinks about others first.”

Elmoyan’s unselfish ability on the court can be traced to his willingness to play all five positions for Burbank and never complain. It’s all about the team. His toughness is defined by his team-leading 20 charges taken. His leadership has been invaluable to his teammates.

“He lays everything out there on the court,” DeLaurie said. “He does the little things that no one notices. The team really respects him. Even though he is only a junior, the seniors respect him as the team’s captain.”

“I try to be vocal. As captain, I need to talk on and off the court. If I’m on the bench, I’m cheering on the guys on the court. On the court, I’m talking on defense and offense,” Elmoyan explained. “Leadership is not something that is easy. My opinion does matter but I also have to listen to others. I have to see what the team needs or wants and go with that. I just have to lead them.”

Elmoyan credits DeLaurie for bringing the team together as one unit during the team’s trip to San Diego to compete in the Sweetwater Tournament. The Bulldogs went 3-2 against great local competition.

“San Diego really connected us. Coach DeLaurie really did a great job setting up the trip to Sweetwater,” Elmoyan said. “We became a family and a team.”

Richard Elmoyan scores two of his 16 points against Muir (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Richard Elmoyan scores two of his 16 points against Muir (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Upon returning from San Diego, Burbank battled to a 7-7 mark in the Pacific League, including wins against Muir and Burroughs and close losses to Crescenta Valley and Pasadena.

Elmoyan, who owns a 3.5 GPA at BHS, admires his idol, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs. Like Parker, Elmoyan speaks French. He recently visited France in April of 2011 to see his Godfather. Upon returning home, Elmoyan bought a No. 9 Tony Parker jersey to remind him of how the game is played the right way.

“He (Tony Parker) is not selfish at all. He always looks for assists and always looks out for his teammates,” Elmoyan said. “Overall, he has a beautiful way to play basketball and it’s a pleasure to watch him.”

The same can be said of Elmoyan. Come to a Burbank game and it’s a pleasure to see No. 15 play the game with integrity, passion and desire.

“He’s enjoying high school and getting the most out of it,” DeLaurie said. “The sky is the limit for him.”





Burbank Knocks Off Arcadia in Pacific League Opener

By Rick Assad
Special to BurbankNBeyond

Burbank High’s full-court press worked to near perfection in the first half of its Pacific League opener against visiting Arcadia, but not so well in the second half as the Bulldogs had to hold off the hard-charging and determined Apaches, 52-46, on Friday night.

Peter Wongsasitorn defends an Arcadia player (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Andy Yanikyan scored a game-high 20 points, and Richard Elmoyan added 10 points for the Bulldogs, who converted 22 of 52 shots from the floor (42.3 percent) and outrebounded the Apaches, 34-32.

“We were having a problem with their zone in the second half,” said Yanikyan, who tallied 12 points over the first 16 minutes. “They were playing very intense. In the second half they played more like a team.”

Burbank (9-5, 1-0) led 18-9 after the opening quarter as Yanikyan scored eight points, while Elmoyan and Adam Pasco (six points) each dropped in four points.

The Bulldogs stretched their advantage to 31-16 at the break with Yanikyan coming through with four points in the second quarter.

“We had a similar game against Grant [a 54-49 victory],” Burbank Coach Jerry DeLaurie said. “We had a big lead at the half against a good City Section team and we had to hang on for the win. Tonight we didn’t have the energy. We were looking at the scoreboard and we became complacent. We thought the game was over.”

It clearly wasn’t as Arcadia came out of the locker room for the second half a renewed team despite the sizeable deficit.

Arcadia’s Kevin Gill (five points) began the third quarter by draining a three-pointer, but the Apaches (5-9, 0-1) then missed their next four shots before Brian Taylor (seven points) scored.

Burbank Bulldogs basketball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ben Bowen’s put-back hoop trimmed the Bulldogs advantage to 31-23 with 4:25 showing, but Arcadia, which made 13 of 28 from the field (46.4 percent) in the second half, couldn’t locate the basket on its next two tries.

Gill again came to the rescue as he scored late as did Jordan Stellern (four points). Stephen Smith’s trey got the Apaches (21 of 54 for 38.8 percent) within 44-31 entering the fourth quarter.

“We’ve got a lot of seniors but they haven’t played on the varsity,” Arcadia Coach Ben Cordeiro said. “We did a great job in the second half. We challenged them in the second half and they forced a lot of turnovers.”

Burbank had a successful third quarter drilling six of 11 from the field including the last three shots as Elmoyan scored four points and Yanikyan two.

Arcadia’s furious fourth quarter rally began with Smith (nine points) scoring four points early in the stanza and Bowen (team-high 14 points) tacking on seven points including a basket with 4:18 left that cut Burbank’s lead to 44-42.

The Bulldogs came out for the final quarter and were inept early on, missing their first five attempts before Sarkis Karian’s steal at midcourt and layup gave Burbank a 46-42 lead.

DeLaurie, however, was pleased with Burbank’s ability to stand in the lane and take a charge.

“We had two this game, and I think we’ve taken something like 19 this season,” he said. “That’s pretty good.”

The Bulldogs prevailed in their Pacific League opener (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank returns to action at home on Monday against Pasadena at 5 p.m.

In other Pacific League games, Glendale defeated Burroughs, 62-46. The Indians were outscored 20-7 in the second quarter and never recovered. The Nitros connected on 10 three-pointers in the contest.

Lawrence White led JBHS with 17 points while Jorge Flores-Pere added 11. Burroughs hosts Hoover on Monday at 5 p.m.

Burbank Captures Third Place at Hart Holiday Tournament

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Burbank boys basketball is off to an 8-5 start to the season after defeating Grant, 54-49, in the third place game of the Hart Holiday Tournament. The Bulldogs now begin Pacific League play on Friday night, January 4, at 7 p.m. at home against Arcadia.

Hart Holiday Tournament:

Hart 81 Burbank 50

Burbank 49 South Bakersfield 44

Burbank 78 Reseda 46 (Bulldogs jumped out to a 22-4 lead and never looked back. Andy Yakyan scored 16 points; Adam Pasco had 13; Richard Elmoyan added 11; Sarkis Karian chipped in with 10).

Burbank 54 Grant 49 (3rd place: Bulldogs outscored Grant, 20-6, in the second quarter to take a commanding 36-19 lead into halftime; Richard Elmoyan was chosen All-Tournament as he scored 10 points; Sarkis Karian and Danny Terranes each scored 11 points).

Burbank Boys Basketball Preview

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Burbank Coach Jerry DeLaurie was given the keys to his new ride back on August 28. He was so excited he couldn’t wait to see what was now his. When he first saw his new product, DeLaurie was met with shock and awe. There was no engine or any valuable parts to start the motor. Instead of running for the hills of Burbank, DeLaurie embraced the challenge to assemble his newest gem.

Burbank Coach Jerry DeLaurie (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

What kind of car you might be asking? We’re not. We are talking about the Burbank High School boys’ basketball program. When former coach Jose Hernandez left to pursue other opportunities, DeLaurie applied and was offered the job to take over the program. What he didn’t realize at the time was that the cupboard was bare.

Eleven seniors from last year’s team had graduated. Others left for various reasons. Not one varsity player had returned. DeLaurie realized the situation and hasn’t looked back with any trepidation. He is building his program from scratch. And that’s just fine with him.

“It’s been a big transition for the boys. More like a transformation. It’s been a roller coaster,” DeLaurie explained. “Having tryouts in the middle of September and playing a few games in the fall. And on top of that, nobody has any varsity experience. Fall league and summer is one thing; playing in the season is way different.”

DeLaurie went right to work and has done a magnificent job thus far. Nine underclassmen comprise the heart of the team including several junior varsity players from a team that went 27-3 last season. In the short amount of time at Burbank, DeLaurie has built the Bulldogs into a team that believes can win immediately.

“We’ve come a long way. I’m pretty happy with that,” DeLaurie said. “We are still getting acclimated. We are behind but handling adversity in the right way. But we have good kids. The future is looking bright and we have high expectations. I’m really proud to be here.”

Burbank took third place at the recent Burbank Tournament. The Bulldogs went 2-2 and lost two hotly contested games to Agoura and Canyon. Trailing by 19 to Agoura in the third quarter, BHS rallied to tie the game only to lose at the buzzer, 62-60. The following night Burbank pushed Canyon, the 2012 Foothill League champion, to the limit only to fall, 52-42.

Captain Richard Elmoyan (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs are led by 6’0” junior Richard Elmoyan, who plays guard, forward and center. DeLaurie is high on his captain; not only on the court but off of it as well.

“He’s a great kid. A class act. He’s our best player and just a great person,” DeLaurie said. “If he stays healthy, he can be a first-teamer in league for sure.”

Joining Elmoyan is senior guard Sarkis Karian who DeLaurie describes as a “success story.” Karian poured in 29 points in his first varsity game against Agoura.

“He can get to the basket very easily,” DeLaurie stated. “Those two are exceptional players who we have. It will be exciting to see these two kids play. For us to be competitive, they will have big games.”

Greg Salas goes in for a shot against Bell Jeff (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Seniors Greg Salas and Andy Yanikyan bring toughness and versatility to a squad that will make up for inexperience with passion and determination.

Newcomer Quentan Bright, a six-foot-two promising guard who transferred in from St. John Bosco, rounds out a group of players that will look to keep Burbank in the thick of the league race.

“We will push the ball up and down the court with some of our athletic kids,” said DeLaurie, who is in his seventh year as a physical education teacher at David Starr Jordan Middle School. “We will trap and press and keep it the same from the past years here. We will work hard and come after you. When you play Burbank, you will know that these guys are getting after it.”

Burbank will head south to the Sweetwater Invitational in San Diego, December 15 – 22.

“It will be nice for our kids to spend some together and bond,” DeLaurie said. “We have just been going full speed since day one. We need time to be with each other and become a team.”

Burbank’s Andy Yanikyan defends Noah De Corsi of Bell-Jeff (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs will then participate in the Hart Holiday Classic after Christmas from Dec. 26 – 29. Pacific League action begins Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. vs. Arcadia at BHS.

“I’m excited, I’m happy and having fun. We can compete and we will be very competitive during league,” DeLaurie said. “We want to build a solid foundation by being consistent in our coaching, how we play, how we act and instilling character, pride and accountability. If we do that, good things will happen. The sky is the limit.”

The keys to the Burbank program are in fine hands. After all, he didn’t inherit an old jalopy. With a name like DeLaurie, maybe a DeLorean will be built in time.