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Home Court Not Kind

Posted: February 14, 2008 2:07 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Burbank High's Andre Alexandrian (10) goes for a shot over Golden Valley's Chris White (33) during the second half of Wednesday's CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA wild-card playoff game at Golden Valley High. The Grizzlies lost to the Bulldogs, 71-50, as their season came to a close with 12 total wins.

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Home court advantage was not enough as the Golden Valley boys basketball team fell to Burbank 70-51 in its CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA wild-card playoff game Wednesday.

Defensive lapses and offensive struggles halted Golden Valley chances for a comeback.
"It's not necessarily the result I'm most disappointed in. I thought it was just the effort," said Golden Valley head coach Chris Printz. "I didn't think we came with the effort and intensity that we needed to come with. That's probably the most disappointing part."
The Grizzlies, who qualified for the postseason by winning the minimum 12 games required for at-large consideration, ended their run with a 12-15 record.
Wednesday's contest was a much closer game than the score indicated early on.
After struggling from the field in the first quarter, Golden Valley's Trevor Wiseman started the second quarter with a steal and a three-point play to tie the game 9-9 seconds into the second quarter.
The Grizzlies quickly fell behind again on a 3-pointer by Sevak Amranyan.
Golden Valley and Burbank exchanged baskets, but a layup by Wiseman gave the Grizzlies their first lead of the night at 14-13 with just under five minutes to play in the first half.
The lead lasted less than a minute as two free throws by the Bulldogs put Burbank back up 15-14.
Burbank took a double-digit lead thanks to a 14-4 run near the end of the first half.
The Grizzlies made one final push to cut the lead to single digits at halftime. Two free throws and a Danny Valenzula 3-pointer cut the lead to 30-21 at the break.
Golden Valley came out hot again at the start of the third quarter. A Stephen Lopez jump shot capped a 6-0 run to start the half, bringing the Grizzlies to within three at 30-27.
However, Burbank's Amranyan responded with four points of his own to put them back up 34-27.
The Bulldogs went ahead by double digits again in the fourth quarter with a pair of free throws by Amranyan to give them a 49-39 lead with 7:54 left to play.
Burbank managed to hold on to the double-digit lead for the rest of the game.
"I give credit to Burbank," Printz said. "They outplayed us, they outcoached us. But I think it had more to do with us. But we took ourselves out of things. For some reason we didn't come with the defensive energy we needed."
The Grizzlies attempted one last run but Wiseman was injured with 3:21 left to play in the game.
Maverick Ahanmisi led the Grizzlies with 13 points and Wiseman added 12 points. They were the only Golden Valley players to score in double digits.
Burbank's Amranyan finished as the top scorer for the game with 23 points. Andre Alexandrian scored 22 points and Anthony Felix added 17.


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