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Sports Roundup: Burbank boys’ basketball stopped in first round of playoffs

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Cypress 82, Burbank 73: After a historic postseason run a season ago, the Bulldogs saw their campaign come to a close Wednesday evening with a loss on the road in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division II-A playoffs.

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"There were some of the little things that we could have done better in this game," said Burbank coach Jamayne Potts, whose team finished fourth in the Pacific League. "One of those things was free throws, we shot 10 for 20. We also missed a lot of layups because the guys were afraid of getting blocked.

"And a lot of that comes from our lack of experience. I thought that our youth really showed tonight."

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Against Cypress (23-4), the Empire League champion, Burbank (17-11) was led by Erik Harutyunyan, who scored 25 points. Justin DeSales added 23 points and Xavier Davis chipped in with 13.

"They played Burbank basketball, which is playing tough basketball," Potts said. "They put up 73 points, which is usually enough to win a basketball game."

Last season, the Bulldogs advanced to the Division III-AA championship and played their way to the CIF State Division III Southern California Regional semifinals.

Pilibos 69, Lycee International of Los Angeles 51: The Lions couldn't get past the No. 1 seed in the CIF Southern Section Division V-AA first-round game Wednesday evening on the road.

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"Despite being the underdogs, [they] put up a valiant effort against the No. 1-ranked team and fought until the final buzzer," said LILA coach Marilyn Dubon, whose squad finished third in the two-tiered International League. "We had a great season and we will build off this for next season."

The Lions (6-8) won the program's first postseason game Tuesday when they defeated Thacher, 59-55, in a wild-card contest on the road.

Pilibos (22-3) won a championship in the Independence League.'

"I am extremely proud of the effort and all the accomplishments of the team," Dubon said.

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