The game appeared all but over after Golden Valley guard Tristan Peralta (13 points and seven steals) hit a pair of free throws with 16 seconds remaining that gave the Grizzlies (4-2) a 55-50 advantage and led the Bulldogs to call a timeout.
After the stoppage, Burbank senior guard Danny Terrones attempted a three-pointer that hit off the front of the rim and was rebounded by teammate Anthony Kardosh, who was fouled with seven seconds left.
Kardosh sank his first free throw and rimmed out on the second, which was rebounded by the Grizzlies, who attempted to dribble out the clock.
Before Golden Valley could close the game, however, the Bulldogs came up with a steal that led to a three-pointer from senior forward Richard Elmoyan (10 points) as time expired.
Even though DeLaurie and the Bulldogs’ coaching staff appealed to the referees that a second remained on the clock, their argument fell on deaf ears.
“We didn’t do enough to win this game. We were just too lethargic on defense,” said Kardosh, who tied Adam Pasco with a team-high 14 points. “This was a disappointing loss.”
Burbank trailed by nine points with 3:21 remaining in the contest when it made a push, first closing the gap to 53-48 on an inside bucket followed by a layup from Kardosh, as the latter basket came with 2:01 remaining and brought the Bulldogs within 53-48.
The Bulldogs then further tightened the screws when, after a Grizzlies turnover, Elmoyan converted a 10-footer with 1:18 left that sliced the home team’s deficit to 53-50.