Burbank’s season continues


A brilliant campaign by the Burbank High boys’ basketball team continues as it held off Blair 73-70 in overtime in a CIF State Tournament Division IV second-round playoff match last Saturday.

Burbank (25-9) was paced by senior swingman Michael Woods, who delivered 21 points, while senior small forward Abdullah Kobaissi added 12.

Senior point guard Cameron Sweeten and sophomore point guard Tyrese Willis each contributed 11 points.

The Bulldogs led 21-14 heading into the second quarter, but Blair, located in Pasadena, outscored the Bulldogs 21-14 in the second period.

Burbank held a 52-51 lead after three quarters, but the visiting Vikings (25-8) outscored the Bulldogs 15-14 in the fourth quarter.

In an opening-round state playoff game on Wednesday, the host Bulldogs edged Madera South 55-53.

Once again, the offense was spearheaded by Woods, who had 11 points while senior small forward Faraz Khandaker and Sweeten each chipped in with 10.

The Bulldogs converted 42.2 percent (19 of 45), while holding the Stallions, who are based just outside Fresno, to 32.1 percent (18 of 56).

“I think that our half-court offense was fine,’’ said Burbank head coach Jamayne Potts. “We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well.’’

Potts said not traveling is a benefit. “We love playing at home,’’ he noted. “We get a lot of support. They’re our sixth man.’’

Madera South darted ahead 16-12 as junior shooting guard Hakeem Primes (game-best 21 points) tossed in 10 points.

An 18-point second quarter by the Bulldogs and seven points from Woods cut the Stallions’ lead to 32-30 at the half.

Madera South (20-12) entered the fourth quarter ahead 48-44 behind five points from junior point guard Junior Segura (seven points), but scored only five points in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs hit three of six from the field and four of seven from the free-throw line in the final frame.

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