Even without its top player for most of the game, the Pasadena High School boys basketball still proved too much for visiting Burroughs on Wednesday night.
Brandon Jolley, the Bulldogs’ 6-foot-5 power forward, was ejected late in the second quarter after picking up two quick technical fouls for arguing with the referees over a non-foul call. Didn’t matter, however, as the Bulldogs turned a close game into 65-35 win to remain unbeaten in the Pacific League.<
"It's been a weird year," Pasadena head coach Tim Tucker said. "Weird things have been happening all year long, from being sick to injuries. I think Jolley, who is arguably one of the top players in the league, got frustrated with the fouls that weren't being called down there and just blew his top.
"It's unfortunate that it came to that, but I like the way my team hung together, pulled together, was able to extend the lead and win the game."
Pasadena (10-4, 3-0) watched as Burroughs closed to within 23-19 on the technical foul free throws after Jolley exited. But 3-pointers by Nick Brown and Andre Spight helped send the Bulldogs to halftime with a 29-23 lead.
Burroughs closed to within two points early in the third quarter. That's when the Bulldogs defense got downright stingy and it was only a matter of time before the offense caught up.
Jeffrey McClendon's 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs their first double figure lead of the game at 41-31 with just over a minute left in the third. McClendon closed the third with another basket to put Pasadena up 12 going to the fourth.
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