Hoping to surpass last season, the Burbank High boys’ basketball team has an eye on winning at least two games in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
The Bulldogs were 16-12 and 7-7 in the Pacific League for fourth place, but finished with a flourish and brushed aside Loara by 12 points in the opening round of the tourney, then lost at home to top-seeded Santa Monica by 10.
“The kids bought into it,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Jerry DeLaurie. “They worked hard and believed in what we tried to do.”
Burbank opens on December 2 in the Burbank Tournament and returns eight players. “Our short-term goal is to win as many tournaments as we can,’’ said DeLaurie, who has been a varsity coach for 19 seasons. “We’d like to go 3-1 or 2-2 in each one.’’
Senior Anthony Kordosh is a 6-foot-3 center and is coming off a season in which he averaged five points, six rebounds, two blocks and is extremely athletic according to DeLaurie.
Senior guard Richard Elmoyan (5-11) was selected all-league after putting in 10 points with three steals and three assists. “Richard will get you a basket when you need it,’’ said DeLaurie.
Senior Adam Pasco (6-1) is a forward who dropped in five points per game. “Adam is a very good free-thrower, rebounder and can score around the basket,’’ said DeLaurie.
Senior Danny Terranes (6-3) is versatile and can toil at guard or forward. “Danny is solid inside [the painted area] and can shoot from the outside,’’ said DeLaurie. “He can really put the ball in the hoop from behind the three-point line.”
Mike Woods (6-0) plays guard and will be a special player according to DeLaurie. “He’s very athletic, can dribble and get you a basket. He’s a good one. He can play varsity ball in any league which is rare for a freshman.”
Coming off the bench will be senior Cody Bosman (5-10), who is a guard, while senior Gabriel Perez (5-11) is a forward and a transfer from Grant.
The rest of the team includes senior Raven Carran (5-8), senior Jose Rios (5-8), junior Quentan Wright (6-1), junior Joe Grasse (5-7), junior Adrian Gonzalez (5-7), sophomore Ellie Hanno (5-10) and freshman Ben Chavez (5-10).