Burroughs comes from behind to beat South Pasadena 81-78

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The John Burroughs Bears overcame a 7-point halftime deficit to beat the South Pasadena Tigers by 3 points as Chase Kardosh, Omar Payind, Jagger Topp and Franceso Saboto came together with 59 combined points in the come-from-behind victory. Prior to the matchup, South Pasadena had a difficult 1-point loss to Crossroads, while Burroughs went 2-2 at the Santa Barbara Tournament last week. They had wins against Santa Paula, and Righetti, with losses to powerhouse Sierra Canyon, and a strong Chatsworth squad led by Alijah Arenas. Jack Maddison, Russell Williams, and Derek Peterson combined for 49 points for the Tigers in the loss.

It was a neck-and-neck first quarter for both the Bears and Tigers. Russell Williams and Chase Kardosh got the scoring going for their teams with 2-point shots to start the first period of play. Landon Everhart, Jagger Topp, and Jacob Samontina recorded points for the Bears to help keep the Bears within one basket 16-14 at the end of the 1st quarter. Kardosh kick-started the offense with an & 1 foul shot to give the Bears a 17-16 lead to start the 2nd quarter of play. Following Kardosh’s 3-point play at the foul line, Taj Ringer converted back-to-back 2-point bank shots to give the Tigers a 3-point advantage. South Pasadena entered the halftime break with a 7-point lead over Burroughs.

The Bears had their backs against the wall in the 2nd half of play, but Payind, Landon Everhart, Topp, and Sabato helped start a rally for the Bears and cut the South Pasadena lead to 2 points at the end of the 3rd quarter. Sabato also recorded a clutch 3-point basket to give the Bears a 1-point lead to start the 4th quarter. With 5:36 left in the game, South Pasadena head coach Ernest Baskerville was ejected following an argument with the official, resulting in a technical foul on the South Pasadena Bench. South Pasadena’s Russell Williams, missed a crucial 2nd foul shot with 2.2 left in the contest for the Tigers which would have forced overtime.

“It was a tough game, South Pasadena is well-coached; we weren’t playing like ourselves in the 1st half, but hyped the players up to have a better 2nd half,” said Bears interim coach Malique Johnson.

Burroughs improves to 11-6 while South Pasadena drops to 9-5. The Bears will resume Pacific League action on Thursday, January 4th with a road contest against the John Muir Mustangs of Pasadena with tip-off slated for 6:45 PM and South Pasadena will take on Trabuco Hills at the Take Flight Challenge at Redondo High School on Saturday, January 6th.

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