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Burroughs High boys' basketball holds off Crescenta Valley in thriller

Basketball: Indians score game's final three points in 82-80 home victory over visiting Falcons on Monday.

January 13, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

BURBANK — About all that was absent from Monday evening’s wild Pacific League boys’ basketball contest between visiting Crescenta Valley High and Burroughs was a miracle shot.

And yet, that was almost a reality.

A half-court heave from Falcons senior forward Eric Patten hit the bottom of the net and concluded a frenzied contest that resulted with a thrilling 82-80 victory for the Indians.

“These types of games are always fun and always exciting. We knew this was going to be a battle with Crescenta Valley,” Indians Coach Adam Hochberg said. “They’ve been near the top of the league standings for years and if we want to get there, we need to win these types of games.”

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With the victory, the Indians improved to 11-4 overall and 3-0 in league and moved into a first-place tie with reigning champion Pasadena (8-7, 3-0), who they will host Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

The defeat sent the Falcons (8-7, 2-1) into a tie for third with Muir (5-7, 2-1), which it just defeated Friday.

Burroughs, which led at the end of three quarters, 59-51, fell behind by four points midway through the fourth and did not retake the lead until 79-77 after an offensive rebound and put back from junior forward Jakob Davis, who was fouled on the play and sank his follow-up free throw, with 43.9 seconds remaining in the fourth.

The bucket came on Davis’ lone field goal try and rebound of the entire contest was set up on a missed jumper from senior guard Amaad Wainright, who tallied 17 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

The Falcons did not fold after the field goal and instead answered with an acrobatic response when Patten (game-high 28 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks) connected on a four-footer as his feet were being taken out from underneath him.

Like Davis, Patten connected on his free throw as the Falcons retook an advantage at 80-79 with 29.7 seconds left.

Again, another unlikely hero stepped up for Burroughs, this time in sophomore Steven Hubbell (13 points).

After the Indians inbounded and brought the ball upcourt, Hubbell was caught near the corner of the court with two Falcons defenders draped all over him.

As the Falcons reached in to force a change of possession, Hubbell danced along the baseline and then sliced into the lane and converted a layup with 14.1 seconds left to put Burroughs up for good, 81-80.

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