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Bulldogs fall in battle

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Burbank defeated in summer league game by Crescenta Valley, 64-57, at GCC.

July 07, 2007|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — For an hour, summer turned to winter.

At least it seemed that way when the Crescenta Valley and Burbank high boys' basketball teams met Thursday afternoon during a pool-play game of the eighth annual Vaquero Summer Tip-Off Tournament at Glendale Community College.

Crescenta Valley and Burbank are certainly no strangers to one another, as both are members of the Pacific League, but they found themselves squaring off in early July.

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Crescenta Valley got a game-high 17 points from guard Alan Bagatourian and 12 from forward Clayton Sierra to record a 64-57 victory against Burbank.

The Falcons and Bulldogs played twice last winter, with the teams each winning once on their home floor. Crescenta Valley had a bit more experience Thursday to get past Burbank, which wasn't originally scheduled to compete in the four-day tournament that will conclude Sunday.

Antelope Valley dropped out of the tournament for unknown reasons, thus affording Burbank the opportunity to receive some extra games.

"Crescenta Valley is much improved," said Burbank Coach Jose Hernandez, who led the Bulldogs to a postseason appearance last season. "That was a good game, and it's exactly the type of game that you'll get in league."

"Our returners understand that. We need our new guys to understand. It might be summer, but we are teaching for next season."

Crescenta Valley, which reached the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs last winter, didn't seem to be bothered competing against a league foe during the offseason.

Instead, the Falcons used it to their advantage.

"Anytime you play against a league opponent, the intensity will pick up," Crescenta Valley Coach Shawn Zargarian said. "Whether it's the summer or not, you always still want to get the edge.

"We've been up-and-down [in the summer], and it's been hard to get consistency. We want to push the tempo and get as many easy shots as we can."

Crescenta Valley followed that plan to near perfection during most of the first half to build a 34-24 halftime lead. Burbank scored the first eight points of the second half to stay close, but Bagatourian made a key basket and a pair of free throws in the final three minutes to withstand the Bulldogs. Bagatourian had eight second-half points.

Burbank received a game-high 21 points from senior guard Sevak Amranyan and 19 from senior forward Michael Lance.

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