High Expectations For Boys’ Basketball Teams!

November 27, 2013 by  

abid-milesThe expectations for the upcoming boys’ basketball season are high for three of the four local teams, as Burroughs High, Burbank and Bellarmine-Jefferson each believe that a league championship, or a top-three finish in league, is possible.

The other local squad, Providence, is also expecting to have a successful season, but its coach has had just more than a dozen practices and said he’s looking for his team to continue to improve.

Each team will get an opportunity to gauge its expectations when the season begins. Bell-Jeff was the first local to see regular-season action when it played host to Armenian General Benevolent Union on Tuesday.

A week later, Burroughs will play Sierra Canyon in the Simi Valley Tournament and Burbank will take on Hollywood in its annual Burbank Tournament on Dec. 3.

Providence first-year Coach Chris Madigan won’t have any more time to evaluate his team before its season-opener, which will take place Dec. 3 in the paul Sutton Tournament.

BELL-JEFF

Guards Coach Julian Andrade wouldn’t predict where his team might finish in league.

He does know, though, that he might have a talented squad by mid-season, as transfers Miles Hopkins (from Pacific Christian), Issac Etter (Maranatha) and Clark Thomas (Renaissance Academy) will likely join All-Santa Fe League returners Malcolm Regisford and Abid Oses in the starting lineup.

Last season, Regisford earned All-Santa Fe League first-team and All-CIF second-team honors, averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds a game.

“We’re going to be pretty good, but it’s going to take time,” Andrade said. “I have a good feeling it’s going to be a good year.

“On paper, we’ll be more talented with the new guys this year.”

Last year, Bell-Jeff finished second in league and advanced to the Division V-AA playoffs. The eighth-seeded Guards fell to top-seeded Village Christian, 70-63, on the road in the quarterfinals.

“We’ll shoot a little higher this year,” said Andrade, whose team will play in Division V-A this year.

By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan  (read full story here)

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