Burroughs Boys Basketball Tips off Austin Pope Era with Summer League


This winter will see a new start for the Burroughs Bears boy’s basketball program as Austin Pope begins his tenure as the new head coach of the program, replacing the departing Alan Ellis. There have been new additions to the coaching staff under Pope, as Malique Johnson will be coaching the JV squad while Fredrick Hawthorne will be a varsity assistant coach along with Scott Koulouvaris. Eric Willis will be coaching the frosh team under Pope. Burroughs is hosting their annual summer league this year with games every Thursday and Friday at their gym. They will be hosting league rivals Glendale, Burbank High, City Section foes Grant and Eagle Rock, and Village Christian wraps up the five teams joining the Bears in this contest. Summer league play for Burroughs began on Saturday, June 10th and it will end on Saturday, July 29th.

The players to watch for the Bears are seniors Chase Kardosh, Arthur Gabrielyan, Francesco Sabato, and Thomas Mahoney. Juniors Jagger Topp, Jacob Samontina, Elijah Orjuela, and Landon Everheart are also pieces to watch as well.

Head Coach Austin Pope shared his thoughts on summer league and the state of the team, “I think we’re learning a lot as a group, we have a lot of talented young players that have a lot of quickness.” He went on to say that Jacob Samontina and Jagger Topp made an impression in the Burroughs Brick City team’s summer league game against North Hollywood. The result was a 59-64 loss, as the team had a bad first half but fought hard to get back in the game. He praised Chase Kardosh for playing a great game despite being jet-lagged after returning from his trip to Israel. Pope also said that Coaches Hawthorne, Johnson, and Willis have great basketball mind. Kardosh shared his impressions on working with Coach Pope so far, “I love him, he’s a great guy, coach, and person as I couldn’t ask for a better coach this season.” He went on to say that the second unit played well in the loss to North Hollywood.

Burroughs will continue to have summer league and tournaments for the duration of the summer as Coach Pope will continue to build the Bears back to promise and improve on a 10-18 record overall and a 4-10 record in the Pacific League that the team had last season.

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