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Burroughs basketball defeats Prep in battle of depleted teams

Basketball: Indians take advantage of shooting woes by Rebels in second half to win summer league contest, 57-37.

July 11, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
(Tim Berger Staff…)

PASADENA — The rosters from the Flintridge Prep and Burroughs boys' basketball teams that took the floor Thursday were not completely representative of the groups that will play for their respective squads next season.

That's because both the Rebels and Indians were missing major contributors who were absent from the La Salle High Summer League contest.

For Prep, it was without a few key players, including All-CIF Southern Section and All-Area standout Robert Cartwright. In turn, the Indians played without a few contributing players as well, namely Steven Hubbell.

On top of that, the teams were also missing their head coaches.

In the battle of the depleted squads, it was Burroughs that was able to take advantage of shooting struggles by the Rebels in the second half to cruise to a 57-37 victory at La Salle.

Burroughs, which went 15-12 last season and placed sixth in the Pacific League, didn't possess a lot of height or have many experienced players on the floor. In fact, the Indians have just two returners, and only two of those players saw any significant playing time last season.

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"When we shoot the ball well I think we can play with just about any other team," Burroughs assistant coach Mario Fernandez said. "We definitely don't have much experience, and we aren't tall at all. But the guys are quick and they move the ball around well. We also have a group that is very unselfish."

One of Prep's key returners from a team that went to the CIF Southern Section Division V-AA semifinals and won the Prep League, while garnering a 22-7 record, is Kyle Hamane. He said after the team lost its share of players to graduation, the summer provides the opportunity for new players to get their feet wet on the varsity level.

"Some of these guys were on the JV level last year, so this is a good chance for them to see what varsity is like so they can get used to it and know what to expect," he said. "We lost six or seven seniors, so we are going to have to need some of these guys to step up and contribute."

Hamane definitely contributed against Burroughs, recording 16 points.

Burroughs and Prep played relatively evenly in the first half. The Rebels, without Coach Garrett Ohara, were able to jump out to a modest 6-2 lead before Burroughs battled back. The Indians took the lead, 18-16, on a basket by Jordan Bridges with less than seven minutes remaining in the 20-minute stanza.

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