Tribe Fare Well
For those looking for taut games in the title and third-place match of the recently-held 31st Annual Bellarmine-Jefferson Holiday Classic in Burbank, they were simply out of luck as Renaissance Academy routed Bell-Jeff High, 51-34, in the championship tilt as junior Karl Vaskys dropped in 15 points, while sophomore K.J Okmanas added 10 points.
In the third-place scrum, Burroughs turned away Garfield, 60-37, behind senior small forward Lawrence White’s 21 points, and junior guard John Cutone’s 12 points.
“It was a good win because we got the whole team involved,’’ said White, who also collected seven rebounds with six blocks and five assists. “We have a solid starting five and we have a good bench. The only thing we lack is experience.”
Eight players scored for Burroughs including senior forward Austyn Dries, who added seven points, along with senior forward Jorge Flores-Pere and sophomore guard Chris Hovasapian, with each tallying six points.
The Guards actually held a 23-20 advantage at the half, but the powerful Wildcats outscored Bell-Jeff by 11 points in the third quarter, and closed out the fray with a 14-5 fourth quarter.
Burroughs came out strong and raced to a 16-2 lead after the first quarter as White scored seven points including a follow-up dunk that made it 6-0.
White’s scoring spree continued into the second quarter as he dumped in 10 points for Burroughs which led 36-6 at the intermission.
The Indians converted 15 of 27 shots from the field (55.5 percent) after 16 minutes, and ended the night making 23 of 45 (51.1 percent).
Garfield’s lone bright spot was forward Willie Argueta, who finished with a game-best 22 points including 13 points in the fourth quarter.
With a commanding lead at the half, Burroughs Head Coach Adam Hochberg pulled his starters in the second half as Garfield outscored the Indians, 31-24, over that span.
“We took off our full court press because it was the right thing to do,’’ said Hochberg. “With the big lead we started to lose our focus some, and we don’t want to do that.”
The Bulldogs shot 31.8 percent from the field (14 of 44), and were outrebounded 34-24.
Garfield made four of 12 attempts from the floor in the third quarter and trailed 47-18 with guard Joel Corrales scoring four points.
In the fourth quarter, Garfield drilled eight of 12 shots as reserve Ronnie Ramirez tallied five points, while Argueta canned six hoops including a late three-pointer.