Burroughs splits doubleheader with Pasadena

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The John Burroughs Bears basketball teams split their Friday night double dip with the Pasadena Bulldogs teams with the Lady Bears defeating the Lady Bulldogs 45-35, and the Pasadena boys squad coming out victorious 68-42. Jessica Mena and Mariam Fahs combined for 16 points for the Lady Bears, on the other hand, Jovan Jester had a team-leading 23 points in the Bulldogs win. Megan Vuong and Alique Klahejian combined for 25 points in the loss for Pasadena while Chase Kardosh and Elijah Orjula combined for 21 points in the loss for Burroughs.

The girls’ game tipped off game one of the doubleheader with Pasadena. In the last meeting between the two schools, on December 12, Burroughs was victorious 59-23. Entering the contest, Burroughs was coming off a 54-9 victory over Arcadia, and Pasadena had a 60-27 victory over Hoover.

Although the 1st quarter was low-scoring between the Bears and Bulldogs, Burroughs put together a strong 2nd quarter with buckets by Mena, Valentina Morales, and a 3-point shot by Ella Anderson to build a 24-15 lead at the halftime break.

Following intermission, Anna Phillips jump-started the Bears’ scoring with a 3-point basket to give them a 27-15 lead. Pasadena’s points came from the foul line by Franmire Diaz along with a 2-point shot by Klahejian. Claire Hackney and Mena contributed with points in the 3rd quarter to help Burroughs lead by 16 at the end of the period. Mia Paz scored 2 points in the 4th quarter and Fahs recorded a 2 point jump shot to help the Bears beat Pasadena in a low-scoring affair.

“Our offensive rebounding was good, we struggled to hit the outside shot and could’ve done better in that area,” said Burroughs coach Vikki Ognayan. Ognayan also added that Jessica Mena played aggressively and hit her shots in the win over Pasadena.

The John Burroughs Bears completed the season sweep over Pasadena with this win. Burroughs improves to 19-2 overall and 8-1 in Pacific League play while Pasadena falls to 12-10 overall and 5-5 in Pacific League play. Pasadena will play round 2 of the battle of the Bulldogs when Burbank visits on Tuesday, January 23rd at 6:45 p.m. Burroughs lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Alamany in the Grant Showcase on Saturday, January 20th and will visit Crescenta Valley on Tuesday with a 6:45 p.m. tipoff.

The boys closed out the night in the second game of the doubleheader. In their previous meeting, Pasadena defeated Burroughs 77-57 on December 12th. Last time out, the Bears suffered a 70-54 loss to Arcadia, and Pasadena came off a 68-38 win over Hoover.

The 1st quarter it was started off neck and neck with buckets by Brandin Carpenter and Landon Everheart to jumpstart the scoring by both teams. Pasadena pulled away as the quarter went on and ended up leading 12-5 at the end of the first quarter over Burroughs. De’Mille Brown recorded the first 2 points for the Bulldogs in the 2nd quarter with a 2 point basket and a slam dunk. Hollins Law, Desmond Every, and Jovan Jester all had baskets to help Pasadena build a 24-14 lead over the Burroughs Bears at the halftime break. Following intermission, the 2nd half was all Pasadena as they pulled away to victory in the 3rd and 4th quarters.

“Pasadena is an elite team for a reason, we couldn’t hit shots to save our lives but they got the better end of the game,” said Burroughs interim coach Malique Johnson. Johnson praised Elijah Orjula for his 9-point performance off the bench, where he was one of the bright spots in the loss for Burroughs.

The John Burroughs Bears drop their record to 13-11 Overall, and 4-6 in Pacific League play, and the Pasadena Bulldogs improve their record to 19-3 overall and 8-1 in Pacific League play which moves them to a game back of 1st place to Arcadia in the league standings. Pasadena has swept Burroughs in the season series. Burroughs will have another road contest with the Crescenta Valley Falcons on Tuesday, January 23rd at 5:15 p.m.

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