“There must have been 50 fouls in that game,” Burbank Coach Bruce Breeden said. “That was ugly. It was crazy. It was a very ragged game, but we were able to survive and get the win.”
Burbank (8-10. 4-1 in league) entered the game with just one defeat in the Pacific League, coming against Arcadia in overtime on Jan. 4. The Bulldogs were a bit leery of Glendale (9-7, 2-3), which defeated the Apaches, 42-38, on Jan. 7.
For most of the game, the Bulldogs had reason to be apprehensive. The Nitros stayed with Burbank for the first three quarters, and even when they fell behind in the fourth they battled back.
“I think we came in a little cocky and that might have hurt us,” Burbank senior Aja Locke said. “We didn’t play that well at all. But in the end we were able to play defense and that helped us.”
Locke provided a much-needed spark for Burbank. Along with scoring 14 points, she also had 10 rebounds and four steals.
For the Nitros, it was a matter of not being able to take advantage of their opportunities when the Bulldogs struggled on multiple occasions.
“We were being killed on the boards and that didn’t help,” Glendale Coach Tania Adary said. “We needed to get some momentum, but we never seemed to get any. There was a point where we couldn’t buy a bucket.”
The Nitros received a solid scoring performance from senior Erlin Keshishzadeh, who finished with a game-high 17 points to go along with eight rebounds and four steals.
Keshishzadeh was even in a position to win the game late in the fourth after some outstanding defensive plays from the senior.