Arcadia Varsity Boys and Girls Teams Sweep Burbank on Friday Night

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Heading into Friday night’s action the girls varsity teams for Arcadia and Burbank were neck and neck in the Pacific League Standings as Arcadia entered 10-7 Overall, and 5-3 in Pacific League play, while Burbank came in 12-11 Overall and 6-4 in Pacific League play on the girls side. The girls matchup was the first game of the evening, but the Bulldogs suffered a rough 56-49 loss to Arcadia as Mel Mannell of the Apaches put up 21 points to lead the winning effort and Karen Casillias of Burbank put up 21 points of her own as well.

On the unfortunate side, Burbank’s Rehana Ocampo suffered a fractured ankle in the 4th quarter. Kris Jabourian, the Bulldogs head coach, reflected about losing his star player and the teams overall performance, “Our defense was atrocious and no defensive intensity.” He also said that Ocampo went down with a broken ankle and that she will be out 4-6 weeks, which likely ends her season. Jabourian also said that Karen Casilias was a stud and was the bright spot for the Bulldogs Friday night’s game. As for the Apaches, Coach Desiree Almaraz of Arcadia was happy with the team's performance Friday night. “Tonight was overall a team win, we played well collectively in our press and made great transitions to backcourt man, and everyone helped.” She also said that they played good compressed basketball. She stated that on both ends of the floor that the referees missed a lot of calls such as traveling and hand checking as both teams were playing aggressively. Almaraz praised Mel Mannell's 21-point performance and said that she played her heart out and put all of the pieces together as she was attacking the rim and scoring as well as feeding her teammates. Mannel deflected the attention onto her team when asked about her 21-point performance “It was a team effort and played well as a team.” Casillias, however, wanted more at the end of the game “I did my best out on the court but couldn't find a way to overcome a slow start in the end.” The Lady Bulldogs drop to 12-11 overall, and 6-4 in Pacific League play and will play Pasadena on Tuesday January 24 at 6:30pm in their next Pacific League game. The Apaches will play against Hoover on Tuesday.

To cap the night, the Boys team came up short in their loss 64-17 to Arcadia as Lavon Domino put up 28 points for Arcadia and Sattwik Banerjee put up 32 points for Burbank. Coach Wallace of Arcadia was pleased with his team’s effort in the win,, “It was a hard fought victory and a hard fought game we give credit to Burbank on a great game as they are a well built program as the kids play hard and played together as a team but we had to make free throws and limit turnovers to get this victory.” He also said that the 3rd quarter was the turning point of the game for the Apaches.” He mentioned that Lavon Domino is a great kid and accepted the challenge to be a leader of the program and made a point to say that Coach Smith out of High Point University is getting a great talent out of him. Domino talked about his overall performance, “We got the win and it was a big league victory for Arcadia.” Burbank Head Coach Mike Lance reflected after the loss, “It was a tough matchup coming in and came in with a game plan, and it came down to a few possessions.” Assistant Coach Ronald Mosley also gave his thoughts on the teams performance as well, “It was a tough well played game and had key turnovers in bad moments but the boys battled until the end.” Sattwik Banerjee had this to say about his 32-point performance as well, “I thought I was getting tough shots and knew that my team needed me and to get to the basket when needed.” The Bulldogs, fall to 8-13 overall, and 4-6 in Pacific League play and will play against Pasadena on Tuesday night, with tip-off at 5:00pm. The Apaches improved their record 16-8 overall and 4-6 in Pacific League play, and will play Hoover on Tuesday night.

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