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Out in first round

BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Burbank falls to Murrieta Valley in state playoffs.

March 10, 2010|By Jeff Tully

The Burbank High boys’ basketball team is used to being the underdog.

Despite being the No. 11 seed in the CIF Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs recently, the Bulldogs were able to advance to the semifinals.

So, it was no surprise that Burbank was seeded 14th out of 14 teams in the CIF State Division II Boys’ Basketball Championships.

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Hoping for a big upset in a first-round game of the Southern California Championships on Tuesday, the Bulldogs took on host Murrieta Valley, the No. 3 seed.

Unfortunately for Burbank, there was no miracle upset, as it fell to the Nighthawks, 61-36.

Just getting to state competition was an accomplishment for the Bulldogs (23-9), who placed second in the Pacific League.

“These kids really raised the bar this season and really did a lot to build up the program at Burbank,” Burbank Coach Jose Hernandez said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The locals took on a very good Murrieta Valley (28-4) team. The Nighthawks won the CIF Southern Section Division IIAA championship, defeating Compton, 50-44.

Burbank fell to Compton, 71-48, in the division semifinals. It was the first time a Bulldogs team advanced to the semifinals in 43 years.

Burbank was led by senior Argin Gerigorian, who had 12 points Tuesday. Adam Colman chipped in with seven points.

Burbank began the game shooting well, as the visitors made eight of their first 13 shots. As a result, the Bulldogs were able to take a 20-11 lead.

Burbank led, 17-11, after the first quarter.

However, Murrieta Valley stormed back in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs, 20-5, to take a 31-22 lead into the half.

Burbank couldn’t stop Nighthawks junior Justin Gudger, who poured in a game-high 21 points.

“We were able to play well in that first quarter,” Hernandez said. “We came out and were able to execute early on.

“But [Murrieta Valley] is a good team and they did a good job at adjusting. But also, we just didn’t hit our shots after that.”


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