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Burroughs earns sweep

BOYS' BASKETBALL: 68-50 Pacific League win against Glendale gives Indians an all-important victory.

January 27, 2007|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — Another comeback wasn't necessary for the Burroughs High boys' basketball team against Glendale.

This time, Burroughs took care of business early and often to record a 68-50 victory on Wednesday in a Pacific League contest that saw the Indians complete an all-important two-game, season-series sweep of the Nitros.

Burroughs won the first contest Jan. 8, when it overcame a seven-point margin with 1:14 remaining in the fourth quarter and went on to post a 67-62 overtime home win.

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Glendale (9-11, 3-5 in league) couldn't get on track against Burroughs (12-7, 4-4). Only three players — David Mansuryan, Derenik Kaloosi and Haig Darakjian — scored for the Nitros until teammate Hamlet Hovhanesian made two free throws with 1:47 left in the third quarter.

Five teams — Glendale, Burroughs, Burbank, Muir and Arcadia — entered Wednesday's contest with 3-4 records in league. Burroughs made sure it broke away from the pack, thanks to fine efforts from senior guards Emin Abnousi and Jordan Lopez.

Abnousi finished with a game-high 20 points and four assists and Lopez contributed 19 points to help the Indians snap a two-game losing skid.

Abnousi made shots at the buzzer to end the first, second and fourth quarters. His biggest came when he made an off-balance three-pointer at halftime to give the Indians a 35-22 lead.

The much-needed win couldn't have come at a better time for the Indians, Burroughs Coach Art Sullivan said.

"With five teams entering [Wednesday] with 3-4 records in league, some had to win," said Sullivan, who also received 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists from junior forward Chris Smith. "All I know is that Pasadena and Hoover are ahead of us, so it's open for anybody.

"We played well on offense and got some good shots. Glendale struggled with their threes and we didn't give up too many open shots."

The Nitros, who entered the contest with a two-game winning streak, chipped away at Burroughs' lead in the second half. Hovhanesian made a three-pointer to cut Burroughs' lead to 46-41 with 52 seconds left in the third quarter, but the Nitros couldn't come up with a comeback similar to what the Indians accomplished in the first meeting.

Glendale Coach Steve Snodgress, whose team posted an electrifying 52-50 league home win Friday against cross-town rival Hoover, said the Nitros weren't prepared to play in the first half.

"Today was a big day because the pack is going to stretch," said Snodgress, who got a team-high 18 points from Kaloosi. "Burroughs came in and outplayed us and I wish we had a little more intensity.

"We had a hard time scoring in the first half on a day when we could have helped ourselves a long ways, but Burroughs was the better team. We just lacked that spark and that urgency that the game demanded."

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