The Burbank High boys’ water polo team had more to play for Friday
than city bragging rights against Burroughs in an Almont League
The Bulldogs were fighting for a second-place league finish, and
possibly a home contest for the first round of the CIF Southern
Section Division III playoffs.
Burbank took a few minutes to get going, but once it did, the host
Bulldogs completely dominated the Indians in a 22-2 win at Burroughs.
“Finishing second in this league is a very good accomplishment,”
said third-year Burbank Coach Andre Setaghian, whose team is league
runner-up to Montebello.
“We are hoping that by finishing second, we will get a favorable
draw for the playoffs.
“These players are really looking forward to the playoffs. They
are hungry to get some wins in the playoffs.”
Last season, Burbank fell in the first round of the playoffs to
host Santa Monica, 10-8.
If the Burbank (15-7, 8-2 in league) defense plays as well as it
did against Burroughs it should have success in the postseason.
After the Indians (5-15, 2-8) scored their second goal with 3:34
remaining in the first quarter to trail, 3-2, the Bulldog defense
clamped down. Burbank didn’t allow Burroughs another goal, shutting
down for more than three quarters and a span of 24 minutes 34
Burbank was led by Art Zagharyan and Edgar Gasparyan, who had five
goals each. Ben Lees and Eric Davis added four goals each.
Burroughs’ goals were scored by Rick Sabakvarro and Alan
Burbank finishes second in league after placing third last season
and fourth in 2001.
“And I played on the team the year before that and we finished
fourth,” Setaghian said. “So this program has come a long way.
“We want to continue to build on what we have started.”