Reyes, Mosley Help Bulldogs Shock Top Seed in OT Win

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Sattwik Banerjee was one of five Burbank players to score in double digits and helped the Bulldogs edge No. 1-seeded Santa Ana Foothill, 79-77, in a thrilling double-overtime CIF-SS Division 3AA quarterfinal on Tuesday.

By Austin Green

Burbank Leader

In his second year as Burbank High School’s head boys’ basketball coach, Sid Cooke has celebrated each major victory with a five-word mantra. He said it when the Bulldogs beat Los Angeles Shalhevet to open the season and again when they rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Crescenta Valley on the road in league play. 

So when Burbank upset Santa Ana Foothill, the No. 1 seed in the CIF Southern Section 3AA bracket, 79-73 in a double-overtime thriller on Tuesday, Cooke knew exactly how to describe it.

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Banerjee Lifts Bulldogs with Game-Winning Layup

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Burbank basketball players Elmer Reyes, Kelton Shea and Vartan Avetisyan

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

Forward Sattwick Banerjee scored seven points in the fourth quarter and had the game-winning putback layup as time expired, giving Burbank High School a 70-68 victory over Fairfax Shalhevet High in the Bulldogs’ first game of the 2021 season — and their first in over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the game tied and the clock winding down in the fourth quarter, Banerjee perfectly read a contested three-point heave from teammate Elmer Reyes, streaking down the baseline to grab the rebound and, in one motion, toss up a reverse layup for the win.
“I saw the key clear out and was like, ‘Oh, shoot, what would happen if he airballs?’ So I [went in for the rebound] just in case,” Banerjee said. “It came right into my hands and I laid it up.”
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