Etter, Oses Named To All-CIF First Team!

March 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

BJB_EttterThe Bellarmine-Jefferson High boys’ basketball team had its share of talent this past season.

But in the midst of all that talent was a consistent and formidable one-two punch in senior Abid Oses and junior Isaac Etter. The two gave the Guards a “pick your poison” aspect, as the two were rarely stopped in any given game.

The pair spearheaded a successful Bell-Jeff campaign that included a Camino Real League championship and a march to the CIF Southern Section semifinals. Oses and Etter were rewarded for their exploits Monday, when the CIF Southern Section office unveiled its All-CIF first-team selections across 12 divisions.

Oses was rewarded with his second-straight first-team selection, while Etter made the first team after being a second-team honoree a year ago.

“I think Abid and I worked well together,” Etter said. “He was really strong inside. He just worked hard all year. And for me, I just tried to spread the floor and sink some shots when the team needed it.

“Helping my team to win is always first for me. But getting an award like this is nice; it shows all the hard work has paid off for me. It’s an honor to get an award like this.”

The leader in scoring for the Guards was Etter, who averaged 17.8 points to go along with 1.9 steals and 1.6 assists per game. He was also an outside threat, converting 91 three-pointers, earning him All-Camino Real League first-team honors.

 

bj_bb-CIFOses averaged 14.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.1 steals and one block per game. He also made 20 three-pointers. Oses was a unanimous choice for league player of the year.

“I was really trying to win [the division] player of the year,” Oses said. “That really wasn’t my goal, but I was hoping for that. But you have to get to the championship game to win that.

“But winning All-CIF for two years in a row is very nice. It is good to get that in my last year at Bell-Jeff.”

Bell-Jeff (25-6) went 10-0 and won the championship in its first season in the Camino Real League. It was the Guards’ first league title since 2011, when they were a member of the Santa Fe League.

Seeded No. 1 for the CIF Southern Section Division playoffs, the Guards fell in the semifinals to No. 5 St. Bernard, 67-52.

“We would have liked to get to the championship, but it was still a very successful year for us,” Bell-Jeff Coach Julian Andrade said. “We did a lot of good things and were able to accomplish a lot, and Abid and Iassc were a big part of that.”

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Oses earns All-CIF first-team honors!

April 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

abid-cifWhen Abid Oses was a sophomore last season for the Bellarmine-Jefferson High boys’ basketball team Read more

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High Expectations For Boys’ Basketball Teams!

November 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

abid-milesThe expectations for the upcoming boys’ basketball season are high for three of the four local teams, as Burroughs High, Burbank and Read more

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Local Boys Basketball Teams Headed To Playoffs!

February 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

abidBURBANK – Despite his team’s 31-point loss in its Santa Fe League finale, Bellarmine-Jefferson Coach Julian Andrade is quite confident that his team could have a lengthy postseason run ahead of it.

And after CIF Southern Section playoff pairings were released on Sunday, all four Burbank-area squads have a chance to do that.

Bell-Jeff will open up the Division 5-AA playoffs by hosting Academy of Careers and Exploration, while Burbank travels to face Loara in Division 1-A and both Burroughs and Providence earned at-large bids in their respective divisions.
“In our division, I’m not gonna be surprised if we get to the semifinals or finals,” Andrade said.
Bell-Jeff (17-9) is the No. 8 seed and will face an ACE team that’s 11-7 and finished third in the Cross Valley League on Wednesday. A Bell-Jeff win would put it in Friday’s second round against La Sierra Academy or Bishop Diego.

“I think we’re coming around,” Andrade said. “I feel really good about our chances. We had a good schedule to prepare us for this competition.”

Burbank took fourth in the Pacific League and, with a 15-12 record takes on a Loara team that is 20-7 and took second in the Golden West League. The first-round Division 1-A matchup on Friday will send the victor into Tuesday’s second round against Alhambra or second-seeded Santa Monica.

First-year Coach Jerry DeLaurie has Burbank back in the playoffs after the Bulldogs failed to make the postseason a year ago.

“We’re excited to be in the playoffs, and we are going to show up and we’re going to play hard. “I’m proud of the guys and the fact that we finished .500 in league and we didn’t have to apply for the playoffs but we made it as the No. 4 team from the league.

“We have played a tough schedule, and I’m hoping that will help us in the playoffs.”

Burroughs (15-11) took fifth in the Pacific League and earned an at-large berth into the Division 1-A dance and will travel to face No. 8 Cypress (20-7), the second-place team out of the Empire League. The winner will face Corona Santiago or La Sierra in the second round.

“We are really happy that we were able to make it to the playoffs,” Burroughs Coach Adam Hochberg said. “We know we are going to be taking on a good team from a good league, but we’re just happy to be given the opportunity to compete.”

Despite dropping its last two Liberty League games and four of its last five overall, Providence earned an at-large berth in Division 5-AA with a 10-16 record.

Now playing without reigning All-Area Player of the Year Marcus LoVett, Jr., the Pioneers will travel to play Desert Mountain League champion Desert Christian (17-7) in the first round on Wednesday. Should the Pioneers advance, they will face No. 2 Flintridge Prep or Avalon.
Providence Coach Ernest Baskerville said he hopes his team’s tough schedule will play off in the playoffs.

“We’re battle tested,” said Baskerville, whose team advanced to last season’s division championship with LoVett. “We’ve played a very tough schedule. I think we have something like the third toughest schedule in the division.

“We know we’re going to be facing a tough team in the first round. But we’ve gone up against our share of tough teams this year and we’ve played in front of a lot of big crowds on the road.”

By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

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Bell-Jeff Boys’ Basketball Unable To Win Title!

February 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

gioBURBANK — The Bellarmine-Jefferson High boys’ basketball team succumbed to superior size, speed and overall talent Read more

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Guards Wear Down Providence!

December 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

noah_bballBURBANK — In Saturday night’s Bellarmine-Jefferson High boys’ basketball game against Providence, the Guards, despite having a significant size advantage and with Pioneer superstar Marcus LoVett, Jr., still out due to the lingering Read more

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Bell-Jeff Shines At Staples Center!

December 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

STAPLES CENTER — The members of the Bellarmine-Jefferson High boys’ basketball team walked into Staples Center on Wednesday afternoon and took some time to enjoy the moment and marvel at the arena that is home Read more

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Depleted Guards Struggle In Tournament Opener!

November 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

BURBANK HIGH — The Bellarmine-Jefferson High boys’ basketball team was already missing some key players when it faced Canyon Country Canyon on Tuesday in a first-round, pool-play game of the Burbank Tournament. Read more

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Locals Learn From Loss!

December 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — Bell-Jeff battles back but loses in own tourney to Sylmar, 81-69. The players from the Read more

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Balanced Cats Too Much For Guards!

December 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

BURBANK – Four Renaissance players in double-digits leads to double-digit win over Bell-Jeff. As it’s been for most of this Read more

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