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Burbank Boys Basketball Looks Sharp in Win Over Burroughs

Many of the faces have changed, but the Burbank High boys’ basketball team closed out its regular season against Burroughs like the team that is ready for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Last season the Bulldogs reached their first CIF championship game since 1926.

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The Bulldogs overcame an early first-quarter slump to easily beat the host Indians 59-51 in a Pacific League contest Thursday.

“Our league has the best coaches, so it definitely prepares us for the playoffs,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said. “We wanted to go 4-3 in the second half of league and we did that. We’re right where we want to be.”

Burbank (17-10, 7-7 in the league) claimed the fourth spot in the league behind Pasadena, Muir and Crescenta Valley.

Burroughs (13-14, 3-11) struggled with numbers all season and even missed having coach Allan Ellis on the bench.  He missed the game for undisclosed reasons.

“This team has been through so many adversities this year,” acting head coach Scott Koulouvaris said. “We’ve had so many injuries. We lost our best player (Stefon Foster) at the beginning of the season. We’ve had guys with concussions, sprained ankles. You name it we had it. We played at one point with seven guys. It has been tough on the kids.”

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Burroughs jumped out to an early lead and held a 15-14 advantage going into the second quarter.

Burbank then took over by going on an 11-0 run to begin the second quarter.

Burroughs remained tough, but never really threatened the Bulldogs again.  Burbank led 31-27 at halftime and pushed the advantage to 43-34 at the end of the third period.

Burbank was led by Erik Harutyunyan, who had a game-high 23 points. Sevak Mkrtchyan had 12 points, Xavier Davis eight, Justin De Sales seven, Tyrese Willis six and Ben Burnham had three points.

Burroughs was led by Omar Searcy, who had 13 points. Zion Bazzell had 12 points, Carson Clarke had nine, Quentin Roberts eight, Amir Montgomery seven and DJ Hubbell had two points.

 

Pasadena Boys Basketball Too Tough for Burbank

With the CIF Southern Section playoffs, just two weeks away the Burbank High boys’ basketball team got to experience a playoff-like scenario Monday when visiting Pasadena High visited in a Pacific League contest.

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Facing a full-court press and an opponent that moves the ball very quickly, Burbank fell 84-51.

“Games like this is why we’ve been successful in the playoffs,” Burbank coach Jamayne Potts said. “Playing teams like this helps us. Our league helps us for the playoffs. Pasadena is probably better than any team we’re going to face in the playoffs.”

When Burbank (15-8, 5-5) was able to break Pasadena’s press in the first half, junior Erik Harutyunyan was the player who got the ball in the open court.

He scored 17 of Burbank’s 26 first-half points.

“When you play an athletic team like this you have to take care of every possession and take care of the ball as much as you can,” Harutyunyan said. “You have to hit your open shots. That’s the formula you need to beat a great team like this.”

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On the defensive end, Harutyunyan had the task of trying to guard Pasadena’s Bryce Hamilton, who is one of the top players in the nation. Hamilton has signed with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“Obviously he’s a very tough player. I wish him all the best. It was very cool to compete against him,” Harutyunyan said. “We played as hard as we could and that’s all you can ask for.”

Hamilton, who finished with 20 points, played sparingly in the third quarter and did not play at all for the fourth quarter. He said his team (16-6, 9-1) benefitted from overcoming a loss in the league opener to Crescenta Valley.

“That game made us come out hungrier and not to take any team lightly,” Hamilton said.

Burbank trailed 24-11 at the end of the first quarter and 44-26 at halftime. Pasadena went on to lead 71-39 going into the fourth quarter.

Burbank got seven points from Jared Pasion, and five each from Xavier Davis, Justin De Sales and Sevak Mkrtchyan.

Chance Van Hook and Angel Ibarra each had four points.  Tyrese Willis and Jalen Clark each had two 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.