Burbank splits Doubleheader with Hoover


The Burbank Bulldogs split the doubleheader with the Hoover Tornados as the lady Bulldogs defeated the lady Tornados 60-25, while the Hoover Boys team won a narrow one over Burbank 57-54 after overcoming a 10-point deficit in the 2nd half. Nikela Damasen led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 points, and Kamaran Albozian led the boy’s team of Burbank with 15 points. Jaden Duncan, Michael Shamoun, Hagop Demiejian, and Arin Tohmasian combined for 48 points for the Tornados. The leading scorer for the Lady Hoover Tornados was Alena Kalajian with 9 points.

The Lady Bulldogs tipped off the 1st game of the doubleheader coming off a 1-2 record at the John Burroughs High School girl’s basketball holiday classic, while Hoover was coming off a difficult 50-2 loss to Burroughs in their last game. The Bulldogs got the scoring going at the free throw line with Lili Okharyan and Lauren Navarro nailing both of their shots at the charity stripe. Hoover’s only score of the period was also at the free-throw line, with Iren Musayelyan recording both of her shots at the line. Nikela Damasen had three 3-point shots in the 1st quarter and Charlotte Hartwell had a 2-point layup to make the score 18-2 at the end of 1st quarter of play. It was all Bulldogs again in the 2nd quarter with Emily Galoustian, Andrea Apariaco, and Nikela Damasen contributing points for Burbank. The Bulldogs led 33-10 at the halftime break.

Following the halftime break, Burbank continued its strong offensive display by Aparicio and Galoustian. The Bulldogs led by 17 at the end of the 3rd quarter. The game continued to be a 1 sided affair in the final quarter of play for Burbank with the 2nd unit getting playing time over the starters. Apariaco and Hartwell put the game away with their scoring to help the Bulldogs reach 60 points.

“It was a good team win, we played very aggressively from the start, defended well, and the way we rebounded the ball,” said Lady Bulldogs coach Kris Jacoubrian. Jacoubrian praised Damasen and Aparicio for their performances and said that Apariaco is going to be a great basketball player in the future for the program. The Burbank Bulldogs improve to 5-13 overall and 2-4 in Pacific League Play while the Hoover Tornados drop to 1-10 overall and 0-6 in Pacific League Play. Burbank will play its next game at home against Muir (Pasadena) while Hoover will host Arcadia on Tuesday, January 9th. Both games will start at 6:45 p.m.

To close out the night, the boy’s teams played a thrilling game with Hoover overcoming a 10-point lead to beat Burbank in come-from-behind fashion. Hoover entered coming off a 3-1 record at the Temple City Christmas Tournament, and Burbank went 1-4 at the St Francis Holiday Hoopfest Tournament.

Jaden Ducan got the scoring started for Hoover with a 3-point shot while Kamaran Albozian responded with a 3-point shot of his own to tie the game. Later Albozian recorded a 2-point basket to give Burbank a 5-3 lead. Other contributors in the first half were, OJ Blankson, and Zach Van Patten, Burbank led 17-9 at the end of the 1st quarter. Burbank continued its strong start in the 2nd quarter with points by Kevin Dehbashian, and Rami Khozahi to help the Bulldogs lead 31-21 over Hoover at the halftime break.

Hoover was not ready to concede the game. They would rally from 10 points down to cut the Burbank lead to 4 points at the end of the 3rd quarter. Justin Herrera got the scoring going for Hoover in the 4th quarter with an and-1 conversion to cut the deficit to 1.

Burbank continued to attempt to pull away with foul shots made by Blankson, but Hoover responded with a 3-point shot by Michael Shamoun. Jaden Duncan hit a clutch 3-point shot to give Hoover a 54-52 lead, which was Hoover’s first lead of the game. Kevin Debashian responded with a 2-point bucket to tie the game at 54. Zach Van Patten responded with a go-ahead 2-point shot while being fouled, and converted the free throw to give the Tornados a 57-54 lead. With 4.2 seconds left in the contest, Burbank had one more opportunity to tie the game and force overtime, but Khozahi missed a game-tying 3-point shot with time expiring.

“We lost our flow in the 2nd half, our offense was fantastic in the 1st half, but we didn’t have it in the 2nd half,” said Bulldogs coach Steve Eshleman. Eshleman also added that they had to play better as a team when asked about the performances of Albozian, Dabashian, and Blankson.

Burbank drops to 5-14 overall and 1-5 in Pacific League play, while Hoover improves to 11-6 overall and 2-4 in the Pacific League. Burbank will take on Eastside on Saturday, January 6th at 6 p.m., and will host Muir on Tuesday, January 9th at 5:15 p.m. Hoover will host Arcadia, also on January 9th with a 5:15 p.m. tip-off.

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