by – Nathan Mollat Daily Journal Staff
While the Serra boys’ basketball team has mostly owned Burlingame in their annual non-league rivalry game, Padres interim head coach Brian Carson knew beating Burlingame in the Panthers’ house is no easy task.
The Panthers had beaten Serra two of the last three times the game was played in 203 and 2015.
“Our (2015-16) state tournament team lost to this [Burlingame program],” said Carson, who is filling in for an ailing Chuck Rapp and who has been with the Serra program since the 2006 season.
“When I told them that, their eyes were big.”
The Padres must have been wondering what kind of ju ju the Panthers held over them in Burlingame. The Panthers came flying out of the chute, knocking down their first three 3-pointers for a quick 9-0 lead.
Burlingame led after the first period and also at halftime. The Padres finally got their offense going with a 24-point third quarter and then used a 8-2 run at the start of the fourth to pull away for a 62-55 win over Burlingame Friday night.
“We knew they could shoot,” Carson said. “Our defense needed to create some offense.”
As Serra (3-2 overall) is wont to do, it came out flying to start the second half. Down 28-23, the Padres bolted their way to a 24-point third quarter as they shot 9 for 12 from the field.