Pasadena sweeps Burbank in season home opener


It was the season home opener for both Burbank boys and girls basketball teams with Pasadena taking round 1 of the battle of the Bulldogs. Pasadena was led by Franmire Diaz’s 23 points in the win for the girl’s team while Desmond Every put up 28 points in the victory for the boy’s squad. The host Bulldogs lost 59-30 in the girl’s contest and the boy’s team fell 76-62 in the 2nd game of the doubleheader against the visiting Pasadena Bulldogs.

To get the night started the Lady Bulldogs tipped off first in their first home game of the season. Burbank came in off a 57-29 loss over Arcadia, while Pasadena dropped a 55-23 contest to Burroughs (Burbank). Burbank found a way to get back in the game in the 2nd quarter with 2 free throw shots made by Lauren Navarro and buckets by Ani Dionysian, Lili Okhayan, and Nikela Damasen. Pasadena continued its strong offensive display in the period but headed into the halftime break with a 28-16 lead over Burbank.

After intermission, Franmire Diaz started the scoring in the 3rd quarter with a 3-point shot to give the visiting Bulldogs a 31-16 lead. Diaz continued her strong quarter with two 2-point shots to help Pasadena extend its large lead over Burbank. It was all Pasadena in the 4th with the visiting Bulldogs coming away victorious.

“I’m not disappointed, we’re continuing to learn from each game,” said Burbank head coach Kris Jacoubrian, he added on by saying that the host Bulldogs will not make the same mistakes in future games but wasn’t disappointed at all in the performance.

Burbank falls to 3-9 overall and 1-3 in Pacific League play while Pasadena improves to 7-5 overall and 2-2 in Pacific League play. Burbank will play a big matchup with Crescenta Valley on Thursday, December 21st, at 5 PM and Pasadena will host Glendale at home on the same day and time.

To conclude the night the Burbank boys team kicked off their home schedule with the home head coaching debut of head coach Steve Eshleman. Burbank started the season going 1-3 at the Bravo and San Gabriel Tournaments, and they were coming off a 57-29 loss to Arcadia. Pasadena came off a huge 77-57 victory over Burroughs (Burbank).

The visiting Bulldogs got the scoring going with a 2-point shot by Pasadena’s Brandon Carpenter while getting fouled. The 3-point play shot was not converted at the foul line by Carpenter. Pasadena went on a 10-0 scoring run with scoring by Desmon Every and Gavin Hollins Law. Newly transferred junior Oj Blankson got the host Bulldogs on the board with a 2-point shot. Pasadena continued its strong first quarter with a 12-point lead heading into the 2nd quarter. Burbank found a way to cut into Pasadena’s lead in the 2nd quarter when Kamaran Albozian’s clutch 3-point shot cut the visiting Bulldogs’ lead to 7 points. That was the deficit for Burbank at halftime, as Pasadena kept the advantage at 7 points..

The host Bulldogs came out of the break with great shooting by Anthony Jawichhe, which cut the Pasadena lead to 4. The visiting Bulldogs ended up pulling away and held a 12-point lead through 3 quarters. It was all Pasadena in the 4th quarter with Desmon Every finishing strong, which led him to a 28-point performance.

“It’s still a roller coaster start to the season, overall I’m proud of the way the boys played tonight against a Pasadena team that’s ranked 7th in the state of California,” said Burbank head coach Steve Eshleman. Eshleman praised Oj Blankson’s 19-point game and said he had a rough time to start the game but ended up having a solid first game as a member of the Burbank Bulldogs.

Burbank falls to 4-9 overall and 2-2 in Pacific League play while Pasadena continues its undefeated start with an 8-0 overall record and 4-0 in Pacific League play. Burbank plays a road contest with Crescenta Valley on Thursday, December 21st at 6:45 PM, and Pasadena will take on Centennial on Monday, December 18th with tip-off slated for 1:30 PM.

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