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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.

 

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.

Burroughs Boys Hoopsters Wallop Glendale 81-70

By Rick Assad

 

An even dozen three-pointers found the bottom of the basket for the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team on Wednesday against visiting Glendale.

The result was an impressive 81-70 Pacific League victory as three players reached double-digits, including junior forward Zion Bazzell, who tossed in a team-high 21 points.

Bazzell had a pair of treys in the first quarter as the Indians converted 10 of 13 from the field, seven from beyond the three-point stripe and led 27-15.

Omar Searcy, who had 12 points, gets ready to pass the ball against Glendale’s Eli Degrate, who had a game-high 28 points. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We knew they could shoot the basketball,” Burroughs coach Allan Ellis said. “I watched a couple of films of them and they were knock-down shooters, so we wanted to make sure we were guarding the perimeter, run them off the three-point line and in that process we gave up a lot of layups in the first half, but were able to clean it up in the second half and we were able to do a better job defensively.”

When Bazzell scored with two minutes showing in the initial frame the Indians pulled ahead 21-11.

High-man for the Nitros (13-4 and 1-3 in league) was senior shooting guard Eli Degrate with 28 points, who tallied 16 points in the second half.

The Indians were marksmen for most of the evening, drilling 29 of 54 for 53.7 percent.

Burroughs senior wing Amir Montgomery rises to defend in a 81-70 win over the Nitros. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the second half, Burroughs (11-5 and 2-2 in league) shot 55.5 percent from the field (15 of 27) that included five from three-point range.

Glendale made 39.6 percent (21 of 53) of its attempts, but hit 25 of 33 free throws (75.7 percent) while the Indians canned 13 of 20 (65 percent).

“This is the defense that we were playing earlier in the season and we have gotta get back to that and we’ve done that in the last two games,” Ellis said. “In my opinion, defense wins basketball games. If we’re engaged on that end of the floor and we’re defending and rebounding, then we can push the ball and get easy points in transition.”

The Nitros outscored the Indians 16-10 in the second period and made six of 14 from the field and four of six from the charity line as Degrate had six points after scoring six in the opening period.

Meanwhile the Indians, who led 37-31 at halftime, made four of 14 from the floor as Bazzell accounted for four points after dropping in 10 in the first quarter.

According to Allan Ellis, the Indians coach, defense wins basketball games. Here Stefon Foster and Zion Bazzell, who had a team-best 21 points, are needed. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The second half saw senior forward Carson Clarke (eight points) hammer a three-pointer early in the third period.

Three shots later, senior wing Amir Montgomery (seven points) added his only trey that made it 44-35 with 5:20 left in the third quarter.

When Bazzell scored on a driving layup after a steal with 4:06 remaining, the Indians forged a 46-36 lead.

A bucket by senior shooting guard Omar Searcy (12 points) gave the Indians a 53-41 cushion with 1:10 left before heading into the fourth quarter.

Burroughs added six more points in the frame and led 59-41 going into the fourth quarter.

Degrate scored four points in the third quarter as did sophomore swingman David Shamiryan (23 points).

For the second straight quarter, Burroughs scored 22 points after hitting seven of 11 from the field and nine of 12 free throws, but was outscored by Glendale, which had 29 points including 15 points from Shamiryan and Degrate’s 12.

The Nitros hit eight of 19 in the fourth period as Shamiryan added three from three-point range.

Senior shooting guard Stefon Foster chimed in with 11 points for Burroughs that included three treys and sophomore point guard Quentin Roberts added all nine points in the second half, including a three-pointer in the third quarter.

Considering the up-tempo pace, the high-scoring game was relatively well-played with Burroughs turning the ball over 12 times to Glendale’s 10.

Burroughs Boys Basketball Drops 65-62 Decision To Arcadia

By Rick Assad

 

Eight turnovers in the fourth quarter, including a back-breaker in the waning moments with the deficit only a hoop, helped trip up the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team 65-62 to visiting Arcadia in the Pacific League opener on Wednesday night.

The Indians (8-4 and 0-1 in league) took a 53-45 lead into the fourth period, but a basket from senior power forward/center Jay Yoon, who made seven of 14 shots from the field, put the Apaches ahead 63-59 with 1:10 left.

Senior shooting guard Stefon Foster accounted for a game-best 25 points, but the Indians lost 65-62 to Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A three-pointer from Burroughs senior point guard Omar Searcy (18 points) and 59 seconds on the clock, saw the Indians draw within 63-62.

“We just turned the ball over too much,” Burroughs coach Allan Ellis said. “We couldn’t handle the pressure. Stef [Foster] came out of the game and after he came out of the game, we folded as far as the pressure. We didn’t handle it and have to do a better job of handling the ball under pressure.”

Burroughs was outscored 20-9 in the fourth quarter after making four of eight while the Apaches (4-2 and 1-0 in league) converted seven of 12 and five of nine from the free-throw line.

Senior wing Carson Clarke dropped in six points for the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians, who made seven of nine from the charity stripe overall and had 16 turnovers, hit 52 percent of their shots (25 of 48) and were in front 36-28 at halftime.

“We have guys that are still learning how to close games and their experience in things like that and that has something to do with that,” said Ellis of the poor play late. “They’ll learn and this is a process that we’ll get through and get better at it.”

Pacing the Indians was senior shooting guard Stefon Foster, who dropped in a game-high 25 points, including 14 points in the second quarter.

Zion Bazzell goes up for a shot against the Apaches. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Arcadia (51.1 percent on 23 of 45) came out and made four of eight field goals in the first quarter and five of six free throws for a 16-12 advantage with senior shooting guard Jason Cardenas tallying 11 of his co-team-best 22 points.

Burroughs senior wing Carson Clarke dropped in four of his six points in the opening frame.

The Indians drilled nine of 15 shot attempts in the second period with Foster nailing five buckets that included two treys.

Senior point guard Jared San Jose scored all of his five points in the second period for the Apaches, who hammered in five of 12 from the floor, 14 of 20 free throws on the night and committed 12 turnovers.

Each team scored 17 points in the third period with Foster accounting for nine points and Searcy nailing a pair of three-pointers.

Yoon (22 points with nine rebounds, four steals and two assists) dropped in 11 points and Cardenas, who banged home eight of 13 shots and handed out four assists, added six points via a pair of three-pointers in the third period.

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.

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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.

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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.