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Burroughs basketball able to fend off Hoover

Basketball: Tornadoes make a game of it, but league-leading Indians pull away down the stretch to earn 77-70 win.

January 28, 2014|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
(Tim Berger Staff…)

BURBANK — As hard as it tried, the Burroughs High boys' basketball team couldn't shake Hoover throughout Tuesday's Pacific League contest.

Taking advantage of some inconsistent play by the Indians, the Tornadoes stuck around and drew to within one point with less than five minutes remaining.

PHOTOS: Burroughs vs. Hoover Pacific League boys' basketball

League-leading Burroughs was able to respond to the challenge, however, as the Indians sank their free throws in the closing moments and survived to claim a 77-70 victory at home.

"This one hurt, because I thought we played pretty well for most of the game," said Hoover Coach Jack Van Patten, whose team fell to 12-8, 3-5 in league. "We had a chance and I thought we put ourselves in a good position to win the game. I was really happy with the way that we played."

Although the Tornadoes did a good job at limiting the scoring of most of the Burroughs players, there were two Indians they couldn't stop. Transfers Amaad Wainright and Rashid Ewing carried the Burroughs workload and stepped up when the rest of the team was struggling. Wainwright ended with a game-high 32 points to go along with 15 rebounds and five assists. Ewing contributed 26 points — including four three-pointers — and 13 rebounds.

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"Those guys were just too much for us," Van Patten said.

Tuesday began the start of the second half of Pacific League play and the Indians (15-5, 7-1) are in the midst of a battle for a league championship. With six games remaining, Burroughs is trying to win its first league crown in 14 years when it won a title in the Foothill League in 2000.

Burroughs is tied with Pasadena (12-8, 7-1) for the league lead. Pasadena defeated Burbank, 60-41, in its Pacific League game Tuesday.

If the Indians hope to challenge for that league championship in the final weeks, coach Adam Hochberg said his team has to be more consistent.

"We had some lapses during the game when I felt we didn't play very well," Hochberg said. "If we hope to compete for that league title, we just can't have those kinds of lapses.

"The physical part of the game will take care of itself; you saw that today. It's just the mental focus that we have to take care of and we have to make sure that we play with energy."

The Tornadoes received solid play from Teo Davidian, who had a team-high 20 points to go along with seven rebounds. Teammate Tadeh Essagholian added 14 points and six rebounds.

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