The Burroughs High boys’ basketball just doesn’t seem to want to
depart from CIF Southern Section playoffs -- it’s having too much
Burroughs pulled off another upset Tuesday evening, defeating
visiting Fullerton, 65-56, to advance to the Division IIA
quarterfinals for the first time since 1998.
The Indians will play No. 2-seeded Lakewood Mayfair Friday at a
site to be determined by a coin flip. Mayfair defeated Tustin, 57-51,
“I felt we didn’t play well in league because of size problems,”
said Burroughs Coach Art Sullivan, whose team went 2-8 in the
Foothill League and finished fifth. “But tonight, we proved we can do
Fullerton finished second in the Freeway League and Burroughs is a
Burroughs (14-14) overcame a distinct height disadvantage, as
Fullerton (22-7) had 6-foot-11 sophomore Brett Hoerner and 6-6 junior
Darren Fells going up against Burroughs’ 6-2 Kris Jones and 6-1 Peter
St. Hubert on the interior.
“None of the centers are as quick as me, and they don’t expect me
to jump as high as I do,” said Jones, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds, equaling Hoerner’s rebound total.
“Everyone underestimates us because we did so bad in league. We
didn’t expect to go this far, but everyone has come to play
basketball and we’re having fun.”
Sullivan said the play of Jones and St. Hubert has been tremendous
in the playoffs.
“He guards everyone’s biggest and best player,” Sullivan said of
Jones. “Peter was disappointed in his [regular] season, so he wanted
to have another season.”
Burroughs overcame an 11-point first-quarter deficit to go up by
10 in the fourth.
“It didn’t bother me. Sometimes you don’t come out strong,”
Sullivan said. “They’re playing disciplined and aren’t taking bad
Jones’ three-pointer with 2:23 left recharged Burroughs, after
Fullerton overcame a nine-point deficit to start the fourth quarter
to tie the score at 49.
Fullerton 19 8 10 19 -- 56
Burroughs 8 17 21 19 -- 65
Fells 23, 7 rebounds, Hoerner 17, 11 rebounds, Hicks 12, Caine 4. *
Three-pointers: Hicks 2
Paysinger 16, St. Hubert 14, Jones 11, 11 rebounds, Bernard 8,
Inmaung 8, Radino 5, Adams 3. * Three-pointers: Bernard, St.
Hubert, Jones, Radino