Defensive Dandy

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Shooting the ball and scoring is fun, while playing defense is hard work and often overlooked.

The Burbank High boys’ basketball team prides itself in the latter, used it against rival and host Burroughs in the Pacific League finale last Thursday night, and the result was a 57-32 lambasting.

The Bulldogs (23 of 49 for 46.9 percent) dashed to a 23-2 lead after the first quarter, were in front, 34-14, at the half, and led, 46-21, entering the fourth quarter.

Burbank Head Coach Jerry DeLaurie was filled with emotion afterward. “We wanted to show the city of Burbank how to play defense,’’ he said. “Our motto for this game was to show we’re the No. 1 defensive team in the league.”

Burroughs found out as it missed all 12 shots in the opening quarter, made three of 12 in the second quarter, and finished at 18.7 percent (nine of 48).

Richard Elmoyan tallied a team-best 11 points for the Bulldogs (13-13 and 7-7 in league) and was the floor leader.

“These two games reality kicked in,’’ said Elmoyan, a senior shooting guard. “We wanted this game to be a show-stopper. Everybody stepped up and the chemistry kicked in.”

DeLaurie had much praise for Elmoyan. “He’s what we want at Burbank.’’ he said. “He’s very unselfish and he works hard. He’s left a legacy.”

Burroughs (16-10 and 8-6 in league) was paced by senior shooting guard Amaad Wainright, who dropped in a game-best 15 points after averaging 25.3 points, but missed many jumpers.

The Indians’ second leading scorer was senior small forward Rashid Ewing, who came in averaging 16.4 points, but tallied four.

Senior power forward Anthony Kardosh also had a major hand in the win as he scored nine points. “I know that we wanted to get the ball inside,’’ he said. “That’s when we’re good. I think tonight we proved everyone wrong.”

Burroughs Head Coach Adam Hochberg doesn’t disagree. “Burbank was fantastic,’’ he said. “We got taught a lesson tonight. Every facet they were better than us. We played like a team thinking we were already in the [CIF playoffs], which we are, but if we play the same way in eight days, we’re going to lose.”

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