Burroughs boys’ basketball can’t figure out Muir

After snapping a three-game Pacific League losing streak Friday with a win against Arcadia, the Burroughs High boys' basketball team looked to keep that momentum against Muir.

The Indians were attempting to put together a two-game league winning streak for only the second time this season.

Muir, however, was motivated by staying in contention for the Pacific League championship and the Mustangs took care of visiting Burroughs, 75-54.

With the loss, the Indians (12-10, 4-6 in league) remain in fifth place in league with four games left. Burroughs trails fourth-place Burbank (17-6, 6-4) by two games.

Muir (14-8, 7-3), ranked No. 10 in CIF Southern Section II-A, remains in a tie for second place with Crescenta Valley (7-3 in league), as they trail first-place Pasadena (10-0 in league).

It was the second loss versus the Mustangs of the campaign for the Indians, who fell to Muir, 54-45, in the teams' first meeting Jan. 9.

Much like the first game, the Indians had a slow start Monday and the Mustangs took advantage.

"They jumped on us early and it was tough after that," said Burroughs Coach Allan Ellis, whose squad fell behind, 8-0, to start the game. "That was a lot like it was in the first game that we played them.

"The pace that they were playing and the pressure that they put on us, that forced us into turnovers and that kind of put us in a hole that we could never pull out of."

The Indians have had problems stringing league wins together, winning back to back games only once earlier in the campaign against Glendale and Hoover.

"We are just struggling right now trying to put the ball in the hole," Ellis said. "Some games, we shoot the ball really well and other times we have problems shooting the ball.

"We are still a little bit inconsistent. We are getting the looks the coaching staff wants, but we're just not able to knock them down with any consistency. But the positive thing is that the kids continue to work hard."

Burroughs will get a chance to get back on track when it takes on host Hoover on Wednesday. In their last meeting Jan. 11, the Indians defeated the Tornadoes, 64-32.