When the Burroughs High boys’ basketball team looks for a leader, it
usually turns to senior shooting guard Joey Paysinger.
But with Paysinger sidelined with flu for most of the Bell-Jeff
Holiday Classic, the Indians relied on leadership by committee to get
the job done.
And the Indian group got the job done in a big way.
Burroughs defeated Granada Hills Kennedy, 57-39, on Monday in the
championship game to win the tournament title.
In the championship game, it was Matt Jackson who took over the
role of being the long-distance shooting threat, as he hit three
three-pointers and had a game-high 17 points.
“Joey is a big part of our team, and I knew someone had to step
up,” Jackson said.
“Over the summer, we were spotting Joey up on the right, and me on
the left, and when teams zoned us, they wouldn’t stay in it too
Sal Inmaung, one of Burroughs’ two point guards, was named the
tournament’s most valuable player. He finished with eight points in
“Kennedy is a high-energy team, and we said we needed to control
the pace of the game and at no time were they the more energetic
team,” Burroughs Coach Art Sullivan said. “Their press didn’t bother
“We had a slow start to the season, but we’ve won five in a row.
We’ve played nice basketball the past week.”
Inmaung and Jef Radino helped break Kennedy’s press, which had
been a key to its success earlier in the tournament.
Sullivan said he was pleased with Jackson’s performance, and his
player’s ability to take over for Paysinger.
"[Jackson] had 20 in the first half the other night against
Bell-Jeff,” Sullivan said of the Indians’ 64-32 semifinal win on
Saturday. “He has a great stroke.”
Paysinger is due to return to the Indian lineup Friday when it
begins play in the Hart High Tournament.
“He only scored two points on Friday, and I took him out after the
first quarter,” Sullivan said of Paysinger.
Burroughs (7-4) dominated from the beginning, as a team effort was
highlighted by Levon Maronyan and Kris Jones taking control of the
Maronyan finished with 14 points and six rebounds and Jones had
three points and eight rebounds.
The Indians jumped out to a 21-10 first-quarter lead against
Burroughs continued to extend its lead, as it went up, 36-19, at
Kennedy got as close as 26-15 in the second quarter, but Burroughs
went on an 8-0 run -- with four points each coming from Jackson and
Jon Van Keuren -- to quell the threat.
Burroughs continued to dominate in the third quarter, as Jackson
hit two three-pointers. The Indians led, 46-31, after three quarters.
In the third-place game on Monday, Bellarmine-Jefferson High fell
to L.A. Center for Enriched Studies, 79-55.
The Guards (4-3) cut into a 23-5 first-quarter deficit and trailed
by only seven points at halftime.
But the Guards could not continue the run. Brendon Doyle had 18
points and 11 rebounds, J.J. Mastropietro had 13 points and Brian
Alfaro had 12 for Bell-Jeff.