Last year, Levon Maronyan was supposed to provide a key role as a
post player for the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team.
But he broke his left arm just before the season started, ending
Maronyan’s hopes for a breakout season.
Back at full strength, the 6-foot-4 Burroughs senior was a monster
on the boards for the Indians Wednesday night, helping his team
defeat rival Burbank, 58-44, in a Glendale High Summer League game.
Maronyan, who had 11 rebounds to go with seven points, said it was
difficult to watch from the sidelines last season, especially in the
CIF Southern Section playoffs, as the Indians stunned many by and
winning three games and reaching the Division IIA quarterfinals --
before losing to second-seeded Lakewood Mayfair.
“Everyone was succeeding, and I was on the bench,” Maronyan said.
With many key players returning from last season’s squad, Maronyan
said he thinks Burroughs has the potential to have one of its best
teams in years.
“This team is really deep,” Maronyan said. “We’ve got two good
players at every spot.”
Burroughs Coach Art Sullivan wasn’t pleased with how his team
played, as the rival Bulldogs were still getting used to their new
coach, Jose Hernandez.
“Summer is a time to get into a rhythm, and we didn’t do that
tonight,” Sullivan said of his team, which improved to 8-3. “This
looked like the first game of the summer.”
Hernandez, who was still learning the names of his players
Wednesday after taking over the team Tuesday, said he likes the
qualities he has seen in his players.
“They play hard,” Hernandez said. “I saw them play on Monday, and
what attracted me was that they play hard.”
Hernandez said his group will have a lot to learn over the course
of the next month -- and in the fall.
“We have to learn a new philosophy and different principles that
they’ll have to adapt to,” Hernandez said.
Burroughs dominated the game early, as Joey Paysinger showed why
he is one of the area’s best players. Paysinger hit three
three-pointers in the first half and finished with four threes and 16
Kris Jones, who was Burroughs’ starting center last year in place
of the injured Maronyan, had nine points and seven rebounds.
Burbank 10 4 19 11 -- 44
Burroughs 17 9 15 17 -- 58
Demircift 13, Awanessi 11, Zakarian 6, Sagoyan 6, Mardyan 4, Boada 4. * Three-pointers: Demircift 3
Paysinger 16, Jones 9 and 7 rebounds, Adams 9, Inmaung 8, Maronyan 7 and 11 rebounds, Radino 4, Meredith 3, Baltazar 2. * Three-pointers: Paysinger 4