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Fourth-quarter push propels Burroughs basketball past Hoover

Basketball: Indians stave off Tornadoes' comeback attempt to notch win in Pacific League opener, 74-51.

January 07, 2014|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

GLENDALE — The Hoover High and Burroughs boys' basketball teams entered Tuesday's Pacific League opener after enjoying success during tournament play.

While the Tornadoes notched consolation championship victories in the Whittier Tournament and the Providence Paul Sutton Tip-Off Classic, the Indians had a championship effort in the Pasadena Poly tournament.

The teams were hoping that success would translate into fine showings in league competition this season.

Burroughs has to be feeling better about its chances in the Pacific League after earning a 74-51 victory on Hoover's home floor.

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However, it wasn't an easy task for the Indians (9-4), who enjoyed only a three-point lead after three quarters. But Burroughs was able to turn it on in the fourth to turn back the Tornadoes.

"They came in what, 9-3?," Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg said about the Tornadoes (9-4). "They have been playing well and they had some good wins coming into league. They are a good team and we knew things weren't going to be easy against them."

The Burroughs fourth-quarter push was facilitated by the play of senior transfers Amaad Wainright and Rashid Ewing.

Wainright, who provided matchup problems for Hoover, tallied 11 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth. He also collected 12 rebounds. After sitting out much of the third quarter because of foul trouble, the 6-foot-4 Ewing tallied all of his 12 points in the final stanza.

"[Wainright] is a good player and we had problems with him," Hoover Coach Jack Van Patten said. "We didn't do what we wanted to do against him and that hurt us. We should have done a better job against him."

After returning from their holiday breaks to take part in their first league contest, both teams came out and struggled with their shooting from the floor in the opening quarter. Coincidently, the Indians and Tornadoes were both four of 15 from the floor in the first. The only difference was one of Burroughs' shots was a three-pointer, as the Indians led, 9-8, after the first stanza.

"We did start slow, but I was really happy with the mental energy that we showed from the start," Hochberg said. "The shots are going to go in or they're not going to go in, but the mental energy is the key for us, and I thought that we had that today.

"At one point we figured the floodgates were going to open up, our shots would start to fall and we would be all right."

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