BURBANK — The Burbank High boys’ basketball team played perhaps its finest half of the season Friday night.
The effort was significant because it came in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division I-A playoffs against Santa Monica, the division’s No. 2 seed and a top-30 team in the state.
Not rattled by the Vikings’ pedigree, the Bulldogs enjoyed a nine-point lead in the second quarter and carried that advantage into the third. But Burbank couldn’t sustain its momentum, struggling in the third quarter, which allowed Santa Monica to surge ahead and escape with a 58-46 win at Burbank.
It was a second-straight valiant effort for the Bulldogs (16-13), who upset No. 15 Loara, 55-43, in a first-round game Friday. Burbank qualified for the postseason after finishing fourth in the Pacific League.
Santa Monica (22-6), on the other hand, won a championship in the Ocean League.
“We hard to earn our way to play this team,” Burbank first-year Coach Jerry DeLaurie said. “We were just this little underdog and nobody thought that we had a chance to play with this team, the No. 2 team and a top-30 team in the state. We were just an overachieving team and we were going to go out there and play as hard as we can.”