Three Teams Ready To Go!

February 17, 2010 by  

BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Burbank, Bell-Jeff, Providence gear up for CIF first round.

The Burbank High and Bellarmine-Jefferson boys’ basketball squads have been ranked among the top teams in their respective CIF Southern Section divisions throughout the season.

In addition, the Bulldogs and Guards finished second in their respective leagues.

As a result of their success, both squads have landed home games for first-round playoff games today. Burbank will host Glendora at 7 p.m. in an IIAA game and the Guards will host San Gabriel Academy at 7 p.m. in a VA game.

The other area team in the postseason — Providence — will have to travel to Santa Maria to do battle with St. Joseph in a 7 p.m. VAA contest.

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Glendora at Burbank: The Bulldogs (20-7) tied for second in the Pacific League behind champion Pasadena.

The locals will take on a Glendora (18-8) program that has a storied history of success in Southern California boys’ basketball.

The Tartans, fourth in the Sierra League, are coached by the legendary Mike LeDuc. During his tenure, the program has won four CIF Southern Section titles and 15 league championships.

Glendora has a fine player in senior Calvin Smith, who earned All-CIF first-team honors last season. He averages nearly 22 points a game.

Burbank — the No. 11 seed — counters with a solid team if its own. Under Coach Jose Hernandez, the Bulldogs have been a frequent participant in the postseason. However, this is the first time one of the coach’s teams has landed a first-round home game.

The team has a core of talented players, including Adam Colman, Andy Karandganyan, Austin Pope, Argin Ovasapyan and Argin Gerigorian.

San Gabriel Academy at Bell-Jeff: The Guards have been able to thrive under first-year Coach Bryan Camacho.

Bell-Jeff (17-5) — the No. 7 seed — was the runner-up in the Santa Fe League behind champion St. Anthony.

The Guards played their best in the final few weeks of the regular season, as they enter the postseason on a seven-game winning streak.

Andre Frazier, Kevin Yuenyongsakul, Emery Else, Micah Shirley, Eligah Reed and Chris Issakhanian have helped lead Bell-Jeff this season.

San Gabriel Academy (11-12) heads into the first-round contest after finishing fourth in the Westside League. The team has a solid player in Horcio Ruiz.

Bell-Jeff won 75-51 Andre Frazier scores 29 to lead Guards in scoring. Next up, the Guards travel to Vistamar on Friday for round 2.

Providence at Santa Maria St. Joseph: The Pioneers (10-11) have to hit the road for their postseason opener after placing fourth in the Liberty League.

The team finished behind a trio of teams that had at least 17 wins and only five losses each.

The Pioneers, which boast talented players Tyler Kidd, Michael Gutierrez and Patrick Gonzalez, enter the players winning two of their last seven games.

The Knights (14-12), the No. 8 seed, was the runner-up in the Los Padres League behind Lompoc Cabrillo.

St. Joseph finished the regular season winning five of its last six games. The team had a talented player in Bebe Vargas.

by Jeff Tully

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3 Responses to “Three Teams Ready To Go!”

  1. admin on February 18th, 2010 2:33 am

    Bell-Jeff’s win streak grows to eight in a row as they beat San Gabriel Academy 75-51 and advance to second round if the CIF playoffs… Go Guards!


  2. admin on February 18th, 2010 2:29 pm

    Next up Bell-Jeff travels to Vistamar on Friday 7pm at the HAX for round 2 of the CIF playoffs…

    HAX 3203 Jack Northrop Ave.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Go Guards!

  3. admin on February 20th, 2010 1:54 am

    Bell-Jeff beats Vistamar and advances to 3rd round of the CIF playoffs! The first time in over 10 years…

    Go Guards!


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