Burroughs sweeps Burbank on Friday Night’s Basketball Doubleheader


The John Burroughs Bears swept the Burbank Bulldogs in round 1 of their cross-town rivalry showdown in a basketball doubleheader, with the girl’s team coming out victorious 61-32 and the boy’s team eking out a 1-point win by a final of 74-73. Claire Hackney led the Lady Bears with 14 points and Chase Kardosh led the boy’s team with 29. Nikela Damasen led the Lady Bulldogs with 8 points and Oj Blankson led the boy’s team with 38 points.

To get the night started, the girl’s game tipped off the night’s first game. The Lady Bears were fresh off a 49-39 win against Glendale, while the Lady Bulldogs came off a 47-42 win over Muir. Burroughs dominated the 1st quarter with points by Valentina Morales, Hackney, Ashley Martin, Mariam Fahs, Anna Phillips, and Jessica Mena; they helped the Bears get 34 points at the end of the first period of play. The Bears continued their strong showing in the 2nd quarter and at the end of the 1st half, and Pracha hit a buzzer-beating 3-point shot to give Burroughs a 48-16 lead at halftime.

Following intermission, Elizabeth Amoroso got the scoring going for Burroughs with a 3-point shot. Lauren Navarro also responded with a 3-point basket of her own following Amoroso’s basket. The Bears continued to pull away in the quarter which resulted in a 58-22 lead at the end of three quarters of play. Damasen recorded 4 points in the 4th quarter which was the bright spot for the Lady Bulldogs.

“The girls came out with a game plan and executed the things we worked on at practice. We did a great job sharing the basketball and in our offensive transition game,” said Lady Bears coach Vikki Oganyan. Oganyan didn’t single out a player when asked about Claire Hackney’s 14-point performance but said the whole team played well in the win.

“We played hard tonight, the girls played for each other. A loss is a loss but I was proud of the way they played tonight,” said Lady Bulldogs Coach Kris Jabourian. Jabourian said that Arevita Keshishyan has been playing hard as of late and Damasen played her best game of the year.”

Burroughs improves to 18-2 overall, and 7-1 in Pacific League Play. The Bears now move to a game behind first place in the Pacific League, which is currently occupied by an 8-0 Crescenta Valley squad. Burbank falls to 6-14 overall, and 3-5 in Pacific League Play. The Lady Bulldogs are still very much in play for 4th place in the league and a spot in the CIF Southern Section Playoffs. Burbank will take on Glendale on Tuesday, January 16th at home with tip-off slated for 6:45 p.m., while Burroughs will take on Arcadia on the road on the same day and same time. The next Burbank-Burroughs matchup will take place at Burbank High School on Thursday, February 1st, where the graduating seniors from the Burbank High School girl’s basketball program will be honored before tip-off at 5:15 PM.

To cap off the night the boys played the 2nd game of the doubleheader. Burbank just came off a 77-68 loss to Muir while Burroughs is fresh off a 1-point win over Glendale. The Bulldogs started off the game with an 8-1 scoring run and ended the 1st quarter leading 21-10. Burbank continued its strong play in the 2nd quarter with points by OJ Blankson, Kameron Alborzian, and Kevin Debashian. The Bulldogs entered the halftime break with a 41-30 lead.

After intermission, with their backs against the wall, the Bears went on a huge scoring run to cut the lead to 1 following the 3-point shot by Jagger Topp. Jacob Samontina, Chase Kardosh, and Landon Everheart helped Burroughs eventually get in front, and when Kardosh scored a 3-point shot at the buzzer, the Bears ended the 3rd quarter with a 62-57 lead. The Bears completed the comeback with a huge 4th quarter with Kardosh recording a slam dunk and recording a go-ahead basket before time expired in regulation.

“It’s sweet, I thought it was a bittersweet win because I went to Burbank High and played there. I love that school, but I’m on the winning end of the spectrum with Burroughs. It was a slow start for us in the 1st half, but found a way to come back and get the victory,” said Bears interim coach Malique Johnson, who played high school basketball at Burbank High from 2012-2013. Johnson admitted that he was proud of Kardosh’s 29-point performance and said that with the game-winning shot and recording his 1st career slam dunk, Johnson felt like he was a proud big brother.

“Everybody on the floor played as hard as they can,” said Burbank head coach Steve Eshleman. Eshleman added that sometimes the outcome of a game doesn’t go their way but was proud of the way they played in a hostile environment on the road at Burroughs.

Burbank falls to 5-17 overall, and 1-7 in Pacific League play, while Burroughs improves to 13-9 overall, and 4-4 in Pacific League play. Burbank will host Glendale on Tuesday, January 16th at 5:15 p.m. and Burroughs will take on Arcadia on the road on the same day and time. Round 2 of the Burbank Burroughs boy’s basketball contest will take place on Thursday, February 1st at 6:45 p.m. with the graduating seniors from the Burbank High Boys basketball program being celebrated before tip-off.

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