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Bulldogs breeze in playoff opener

BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Burbank beats Golden Valley by 19 in wild-card, then loses to Serra in first round.

February 16, 2008|By Jeff Tully

SANTA CLARITA — The Burbank High boys’ basketball team played like a team trying to prove something in its postseason opener against Golden Valley.

The Bulldogs played like the squad that upset league champion Pasadena and second-place Burroughs during Pacific League play earlier in the year.

Burbank didn’t play like a team that entered the CIF Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs on a four-game losing skid.

The Bulldogs played well in the second half Wednesday and were able to run away with a 70-51 wild-card win at Golden Valley.

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“This is what I know this team is capable of,” Burbank Coach Jose Hernandez said. “We started out a little shaky in the first quarter, but the guys rebounded and played well in the second half.”

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they were knocked out of the playoffs Friday with a first-round loss against host Serra, 80-65.

In a game in which 35 fouls were called, Burbank (17-11) dictated the tempo in the second half and was able to break Golden Valley’s press with some easy points under the basket.

The Bulldogs were paced by a trio of players. Sevak Amranyan poured in 23 points, Andre Alexandrian had 22 points and Anthony Felix had 17 points and eight rebounds.

“We were able to get some good production from our guys,” Hernandez said. “We were also able to do better with our free-throw shooting in the second half.”

With a three-point lead after the first quarter, the Bulldogs took control of the contest in the second quarter and had a 30-21 lead at the half.

The Grizzlies (12-15) were able to whittle the lead down to six points, 42-36, late in the third quarter. However, Burbank responded and built up a sizable cushion the rest of the way

In the loss to Serra, Amranyan had 23 points.


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