Since making the change, Burroughs has been on a roll. That momentum was evident Monday when the Indians steamrolled the Nitros, 82-52, in a Pacific League game at Burroughs.
The win was the fifth straight in league for the Indians (15-8, 7-3 in league).
“We have been playing much better since making those changes,” said Burroughs Coach Art Sullivan, whose team came into Monday’s game having posted a 28-point margin of victory in its previous three contests. “It has worked really well for us, and I think it makes us an overall better team.”
Nitros Coach Steve Steve Snodgress said Burroughs shot significantly better in this game than it did in a 74-65 loss in the teams’ first meeting.
“[Burroughs] came out and just shot the lights out,” said Snodgress, whose team falls to 9-14, 3-7. “They just didn’t miss a lot of their shots and they really took it to us. I give them a lot of credit.”
While Burroughs has been surging as of late, the depleted Nitros have been struggling. Wednesday was the team’s seventh defeat in its last eight games. In addition, Glendale has been victorious is just three of its last 11 contests.
With just four games left in Pacific League play, the Nitros are running out of time if they hope to nab one of the four guaranteed postseason spots.
“We just have to hold our heads up and get back at it. That’s all we can do,” Snodgress said. “We know we don’t have a lot of time left, and we have to find a way to turn things around.”
The Indians were able to win Wednesday’s game despite getting a combined five points from two of its five starters. However, Burroughs was able to get a lot of its players in the scoring mix, as nine put points on the board.