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Pasadena in a Jolley mood

Basketball: Junior forward scores 27 points in leading host Bulldogs to a 69-58 Pacific League win.

January 04, 2012|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

PASADENA — Tis the season to be Jolley.

That's what can be said after Pasadena High junior forward Brandon Jolley turned in a dominant effort and helped his Bulldogs kick off Pacific League play with a 69-58 victory over visiting Burbank on Wednesday evening at Hamilton Gymnasium.

The victory was the fifth in a row for Pasadena (8-5 overall, 1-0 in league), the nine-time defending league champion, and 17th straight in league play.

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"Jolley is a good player...he's our beast in the middle," Pasadena Coach Tim Tucker said. "I haven't seen anyone stop him yet. He's kind of toying out there."

Jolley finished with a game-high 27 points and seven rebounds and was also impressive at the free-throw line.

Burbank (8-6, 0-1) trailed by eight with 1:19 left in the game after scoring 10 straight points.

Senior guard Matteo Dal Monte then fouled Jolley three consecutive times, the last that put Pasadena in a one-plus-one bonus with 52 seconds remaining.

Jolley calmly hit both attempts in pushing Pasadena ahead 66-56 with 52 seconds left.

After a missed three-pointer on Burbank's next offensive series, Dal Monte again fouled Jolley, who again drained two free throws with 42 seconds left.

A layup from Remy Youssefi, which cut Burbank's deficit to 68-58 with 32 seconds left, was followed by a third fouling of Jolley.

This time the junior sank only one of two attempts with 26 seconds left.

"The coaching staff told the team to get me the ball because I'm one of the best free-throw shooters," said the 6-foot-5 Jolley, who hit seven of eight free throws in the game. "I knew I was going to get fouled, so I had to make my shots."

Jolley gave Pasadena its biggest lead of the quarter with his offensive rebound and put back of a missed jumper from Blake Hamilton with 2:24 left that pushed the score to 64-46.

Yet, Burbank rallied in scoring 10 straight points, eight which came from junior guard Andre Spight, who converted five of six free throws after being fouled on consecutive three-point attempts.

Spight then drained a three-pointer that preceded a steal at half-court and layup from Youssefi with 1:19 remaining, as Burbank forced three straight Pasadena turnovers, and pulled within 64-56 with 1:19 left.

"Our guys aren't going to quit. We played Pasadena well in past years and I thought some of the newer players on the team played a little tentative early on," Burbank Coach Jose Hernandez said, "but even so, you know we're going to battle all the way through."

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