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High expectations for Burbank boys' basketball teams

Boys' basketball: Bell-Jeff and Burroughs have quality transfers, while Providence has new coach and Burbank has most of its lineup back.

November 27, 2013|By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan
(Roger Wilson Staff…)

The expectations for the upcoming boys' basketball season are high for three of the four local teams, as Burroughs High, Burbank and Bellarmine-Jefferson each believe that a league championship, or a top-three finish in league, is possible.

The other local squad, Providence, is also expecting to have a successful season, but its coach has had just more than a dozen practices and said he's looking for his team to continue to improve.

Each team will get an opportunity to gauge its expectations when the season begins. Bell-Jeff was the first local to see regular-season action when it played host to Armenian General Benevolent Union on Tuesday.

A week later, Burroughs will play Sierra Canyon in the Simi Valley Tournament and Burbank will take on Hollywood in its annual Burbank Tournament on Dec. 3.

Providence first-year Coach Chris Madigan won’t have any more time to evaluate his team before its season-opener, which will take place Dec. 3 in the paul Sutton Tournament.

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BURROUGHS

The Indians went 5-9 in league last year, tied with Hoover for fifth place and lost to Cyrpess, 50-40, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division I-A playoffs.

Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg, as well as other coaches in the area, expects the Indians to be much better than last year.

That's thanks to transfers Amaad Wainwright and Rashid Ewing from Kansas City, Mo., who have drawn rave reviews among local coaches. Hochberg said he expects Wainwright to be a future NCAA Division I player and Ewing to be a game-changer on both ends of the floor.

The pair, both seniors, will join John Cutone, as well as six other returners from last year's squad.

"We think we can be pretty good," Hochberg said. "With the guys that are coming in, I think we can compete. If we continue to play with one another, the sky is the limit."

BURBANK

The Bulldogs, who finished 7-7 in league in 2012-13, a spot ahead of Burroughs, won't concede local bragging rights to the Indians.

"If we're a healthy team, I expect us to be pretty good," said Bulldog Coach Jerry DeLaurie, who, in his first year at the helm led his squad to an upset of No. 15 seed Loara in the first round of the Division I-A playoffs before it played tough with second-seeded Santa Monica in an eventual 58-46 loss.

"I'm going to be disappointed if we're not in the top half of league."

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