Falcon Boys and Girls Rule

One-sided victories are always nice, but they sometimes aren’t as rewarding because of the opponent. The Crescenta Valley High boys’ and girls’ team posted two such wins over out-manned and out-gunned Hoover in a Pacific League game last Friday night on the road.
The boys’ turned in an impressive 70-37 triumph with senior guard Adam Dasaad dropping in a game-best 13 points, while Nick Dragovich added 12 points.
On the girls’ side, All-CIF senior guard Cassie Pappas showed the way by scoring a game-high 26 points, along with eight steals, as the Falcons won going away, 68-29.
The boys’ are seeking their first league crown in five years, and are 11-3 overall and 2-0 in league play. The Tornadoes (9-6 and 0-2) were able to muster eight points or less in each of the first three quarters.
It was a 13-2 spurt after being tied at 4-4 that helped the Falcons take command. Before you knew it, Crescenta Valley had taken a 31-14 advantage into the locker room.
At this juncture, it was clear that it would take a Herculean effort by Hoover, but this was merely a pipe dream, because it was more of the same in the second half.
As any good head coach knows, it’s the defense that sets the tone, and it did for the Falcons on this night.
“We’ve been stressing defense to these guys,’’ said head man Shawn Zargarian. “This is what we wanted to do early, and it led to a lot of real easy baskets in the first half.”
This point was emphasized over the second half, and it paid dividends in the form of outscoring the home team, 39-23.
The Tornadoes were able to get as close as 31-18, early in the third quarter, but that was the last hurrah.
Cole Currie tallied 11 points for the Falcons, while Henry Leff and Christian Misi each scored nine points.
The girls’ moved out to a 13-1 lead in the opening quarter, and were never headed. When you have a player like Pappas running the show, it’s a good bet her side will win.
So far, Crescenta Valley (12-3 and 2-0 in league) seems to be a strong favorite to capture the league title.
Hoover (3-9 and 0-2 in league) is going to be on the losing end too many times, especially against stronger and deeper teams like the Falcons. Take this for example: on Hoover’s first eight possessions, the ball was turned over seven times.
Crescenta Valley Head Coach Jason Perez wanted to see his team play a cleaner game. “We missed a lot of somewhat easy shots in the early going,’’ he said. “But we continued to pressure them the whole time, and we were able to keep the intensity up, and I’m glad that we did.”
The Falcons jumped out to a 13-1 lead with just under two minutes left in the first quarter, and never looked back.

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