Indians Pass the Test

It was easy as pie for the Burroughs High girls’ and boys’ basketball teams last Friday night at Hoover in Pacific League encounters.
Employing a smothering full-court press, which caused countless turnovers, the Indian girls’ routed the Tornadoes, 65-31, while the boys’ shot 50 percent from the floor, and downed Hoover, 63-52.
Lisha Elsenbach scored a game-best 16 points, including 10 in the first half, as Burroughs led, 17-5, after one quarter, and 31-14, at the half.
Against the press, Hoover had a chore getting the ball past mid-court, and then finding a high percentage shot. In fact, Burroughs made more shots (28), than Hoover attempted (24).
“That’s pretty much what we do,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Vicky Oganyan. “Our defense creates our offense. We made some mistakes, and we need to play 32 minutes and concentrate on what we’re doing. Right now we’re one of the top three teams in the league along with Crescenta Valley and Muir.”
Hoover’s best quarter was the fourth, when it tallied 11 points. The rest of the time the Tornadoes (3-11 overall and 0-4 in league) were held to single digits.
When asked if his team should have pressed Burroughs, Hoover Head Coach Martik Ghookasion was adamant. “This year we haven’t focused on pressing,” he said. “Maybe that might have worked, but I don’t think so.”
He added: “Our passing has been haunting us all season and our inexperience. We were just lobbing the ball, and they were picking it off so easy.”
Allison Zalin paced Hoover with eight points, and Lauraine Barakat added seven.
The Indians (11-7 and 3-2 in league) connected on 15 of 25 shots (60 percent) in the second half, after making 13 of 34 (38 percent) in the first half.
The Burroughs bys’ downed five of seven attempts in the fourth quarter, and nine of 13 from the free-throw line that but the game away.
Josh Ruiz scored six of his 10 points in that stanza, while Dylan Ward supplied a game-high 22 points, followed by Tadeh Safarians with 13.
There were ebbs and flows, but Burroughs (5-13 and 3-2 in league) had more spurts and withstood Hoover’s late rally.
“I think our problem is spotting teams 10 and 15 point leads,” said Hoover Head Coach Henrik Sardarbegian. “Basketball is a game of runs, but we’re giving up giant runs, and our runs are small.”
Safarians scored eight points in the first quarter, as the Indians took a 15-5 edge.
Hoover (9-9 and 0-5 in league) rebounded in the second quarter behind Sevada Minassians (11 points), who scored six points.
The Tornadoes were led by Samson Injigulyan, who finished with 14 points.
Hoover made six of 11 shots in the third quarter, and entered the final quarter trailing, 44-36. The Tornadoes came within, 37-32, and 2:45 left in the quarter.
After making their first shot in the final quarter, the Tornadoes then made only three of 13.

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