The La Canada High boys' basketball team couldn't omit Burroughs
from its mind throughout July.
Though coaches won't admit to it, some games leave a lasting
impression that might border on revenge should the squads meet again.
It might also turn up an offense a notch.
La Canada exacted revenge and made more than half of its shots in
the third quarter Monday to record a 68-41 victory against Burroughs
in a Glendale High Summer League contest.
The Spartans (29-14) turned the tide on Burroughs (18-10).
Burroughs handed La Canada a 54-43 loss in another summer league game
The Spartans have relied exclusively on one dominant shooting
quarter to extinguish its opponents and used a 27-4 run in the third
quarter to finish Burroughs.
"We've done that all summer where everything has gone right for us
shooting in a quarter," La Canada Coach Tom Hofman said.
"It was probably in our mind that Burroughs beat us the first time
and they played hard. We seemed to be sleepwalking in the first
Hofman absolved Umar Khan from the list of sleepwalkers.
Khan gave the Spartans an opportunity to overcome their rustiness
and scored seven first-quarter points.
Khan's transition and offensive aggressiveness ignited the
Spartans in the third quarter. La Canada's shooting heated up and
left Burroughs dumbfounded.
"Can't stop shooting like that," Burroughs Coach Art Sullivan
said. "They set some good screens and didn't miss their shots. We
just fell apart and they had too many possessions.
"La Canada didn't shoot the ball well the last game and we took
advantage of that. We got impatient tonight and went into a drought.
That's part about being young and we have only one senior."
Peter St. Hubert is the lone senior for Burroughs. St. Hubert
displayed flashes of offensive domination in the first quarter, which
helped Burroughs build a 15-12 lead.
St. Hubert recorded seven first-quarter points. Teammate Robin
Mohammed added 10 first-half points.
Burroughs 15 15 4
7 -- 41
La Canada 12 23 27
6 -- 68
BURROUGHS -- St. Hubert 17, Mohammed 10, Paysinger 6, Jackson 4,
* Three-pointers: St. Hubert 2, Mohammed.
LA CANADA -- Hofman 20, 5 steals and 4 assists, Khan 20 and 4
assists, Cosgrove 8, Scott 6, Ballard 5 and 7 rebounds, Anderson 4,
Coleman 2, Lew 2, Coetzee 1.
* Three-pointers: Khan 4, Scott 2, Hofman 2, Cosgrove 2.