Burroughs sweeps Glendale in the doubleheader

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The John Burroughs Bears boys and girls basketball teams swept the Glendale Nitros as the boys’ team won 105-92 in an overtime thriller, while the girls’ squad came away with a 58-26 victory. Chase Kardosh had an incredible performance with 41 points in the boy’s contest while Claire Hackney put up a 21-point game in the girl’s showdown.

To kick off the night, the John Burroughs Bears boys basketball team played its first game since the unexpected departure of head coach Austin Pope following an 88-47 loss against Harvard Westlake. The Bears then forfeited last Thursday’s matchup against Village Christian in the Rose City roundball tournament, which resulted in the team not playing games on Friday and Saturday of last week. Head junior varsity coach Malique Johnson takes over the program as the interim head coach following Pope’s unexpected dismissal. This was also a matchup between father and son as Jacob Samontina of Burroughs played against his dad Art Samontina, Glendale’s head boys basketball coach.

The Nitros entered off a 68-55 win over St Genevieve before the contest. While both teams ended the 1st quarter in a 23-all tie, the 2nd quarter provided fewer opportunities for the offenses of the Bears and Nitros, but there were still flashes. Landon Everhart got a scoring run started with a 2-point layup to put Burroughs up 27-26 followed by a 3-point shot by Jagger Topp to make it a 4-point lead. The Nitros responded with a 3-point shot of their own by Joshua Ballard. Chase Kardosh and Jacob Samontina scored 2-point buckets close to the end of the 1st half as they helped the Bears lead Glendale 39-37 at the break.

After the halftime break, the Bears had an exciting 3rd quarter by kick-started Francesco Sabato, who got the scoring going with a 3-point shot to give Burroughs a 42-37 lead. Landon Everhart and Chase Kardosh also contributed, scoring for the Bears. Kardosh had an especially exciting moment when he nailed down a buzzer-beating 3-point shot to give Burroughs a 62-56 lead over Glendale at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Both teams played down to the wire toward the end of the 4th quarter, but Joshua Ballard hit a clutch 3-point shot with 11.4 left in regulation to force overtime. The Bears came out blazing in the overtime period as they went on a 15-0 scoring run led by Chase Kardosh, who scored an and-1 chance along with back-to-back 2-point jumpers and clutch free throws by Jagger Topp. Glendale’s Haig Givalagian led the Nitros with 23 points in the loss.

“I dedicated this win to coach Pope, he called to tell me how proud he was of me and told me to handle business,” said Bears captain Chase Kardosh. Kardosh admitted that fellow teammate Jagger Topp also played well and had a feeling about nailing down the buzzer-beating 3 when asked about it.

“I thought ‘what would Austin Pope do?’ We ended up getting the win and Chase Kardosh went crazy in the end and got 9 straight points in the overtime session,” said interim head coach Malique Johnson. He admitted that he went crazy when Kardosh nailed down the buzzer-beating 3 to end the 3rd quarter and also said that his hard work never changes. Burroughs improved their record to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in Pacific League play while Glendale dropped to 6-5 overall and 0-1 in Pacific League play. Burroughs will have a road contest against Pasadena next Tuesday, December 12th with tip-off slated for 5:15 PM. Their next scheduled home game against Arcadia on Friday, December 8th has been postponed due to health-related reasons surrounding the boys’ team for the Apaches and will be rescheduled at a later date. Glendale will host Burbank on Friday, December 8th with tip-off at 6:45 PM.

To conclude the night, the undefeated Lady Bears team continued its blazing start to the season. Before the home opener, Burroughs went 3-0 in the Maui Tournament in Hawaii, 2-0 in the Redondo Tournament, and added a 58-19 non-league win over Agoura. Glendale entered fresh off a 41-34 loss to Millikan before their Pacific League opener.

It was a neck-and-neck first quarter before Mariam Fahs recorded two layups to help the Bears get the scoring going and freshman Claire Hackney recorded a 3-point shot to give Burroughs a 9-3 lead over the Nitros. The Nitros answered back and ended the 1st quarter 11-8 in favor of Burroughs. The 2nd quarter was all Bears; they held Glendale to 2 points and went on a 20-0 scoring run as they headed into the halftime break with a 29-10 lead.

Mariam Fahs and Claire Hackney both recorded a 2-point layup and 3-point shot to start the 2nd half. Natalia Anderson of Glendale ended the Bears scoring run to try to get the Nitros going in the 2nd half. Fahs and Hanckey’s strong 4th quarter helped the Bears put the game away in the team’s blowout effort over Glendale. Sella Koshkerian of Glendale led the team with 8 points in the loss.

“We did a great job defensively, we forced a lot of turnovers defensively. Offensively we shared the ball very well,” said Burroughs coach Vikki Oganyan. She praised Claire Hackney for her 21-point performance and said that she plays more like upperclassmen even though she’s one of the key freshmen on the team.

Burroughs improves to 7-0 overall and 1-0 in Pacific League play while Glendale drops to 6-3 overall and 0-1 in Pacific League play. Burroughs will host Arcadia on Friday, December 8th with tip-off slated for 3:45 PM. Glendale will host Burbank on the same day but tip-off at 6:45 PM.

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