Burbank High boys' basketball presses Glendale into submission

Basketball: Bulldogs force 20 turnovers, nine in the second quarter, in 57-45 Pacific League road win Tuesday afternoon.

January 21, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa,
  • Burbank's Richard Elmoyan goes up for a shot attempt past Glendale's Arthur Terzyan during a game at Glendale High on Tuesday. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Burbank's Richard Elmoyan goes up for a shot attempt…

GLENDALE — Thanks to a hounding press defense, the Burbank High boys’ basketball team not only picked up a valuable and impressive victory over host Glendale High on Tuesday evening, but the Bulldogs might have also salvaged their postseason chances while taking some momentum into Friday’s showdown with crosstown archrival Burroughs.

Burbank forced 20 turnovers and took control of the Pacific League contest in the second quarter en route to 57-45 victory at Nitros gym.

PHOTOS: Glendale vs. Burbank boys' basketball

With the victory, the Bulldogs improved to 9-9 overall and 3-3 in league and will host Burroughs (13-5, 5-1), an upset victim Wednesday, on Friday at 7 p.m.

Glendale (6-10, 2-4) has its own intracity rivalry game Friday versus Hoover (11-7, 2-4).

“This is a testament to the hard work of this team. You know we lost that Muir game in five overtimes [on Jan. 13] and then to Crescenta Valley and we were down,” Burbank Coach Jerry DeLaurie said. “To be at 3-3 heading into the rivalry game is great. These kids are starting to believe.”


Burbank took control in the second quarter after initially trailing, 10-8, at the end of the first period.

The Bulldogs’ combination of full-court and half-court pressure caused havoc primarily in the second as Glendale committed nine turnovers and was outscored, 26-7.

Glendale’s last advantage of the contest came at 14-12 with 6:23 remaining after an offensive rebound and put back from junior forward Alex Miralis (16 points and nine rebounds).

From that point, Burbank closed the quarter with a 22-3 run, including scoring the next seven points to go up for good thanks in part to the efforts of guard Richard Elmoyan (15 points and four steals).

The senior put the Bulldogs ahead, 16-14, with 5:17 remaining on an offensive put back off a missed three-pointer from Cody Bosman.

Just about five seconds later, Elmoyan pressured Glendale’s guards and forced a turnover at mid-court, which led to a breakaway and him being fouled on a missed layup attempt.

Elmoyan hit one of two free throws before again stealing possession away from the Nitros and sprinting downcourt.

Rather than finish, Elmoyan dished to Anthony Kardosh, who scored a game-high 18 points, for a layup with 4:20 as Burbank took a 19-14 lead that eventually ballooned to 34-17 at the half.

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