Falcons Circle Indians
Crescenta Valley High converted 11 three-pointers which accounted for the total sum host Burroughs scored in last Friday night’s Pacific League match as the Falcons pulverized the Indians, 66-33, behind junior swingman Nick Springer’s game-high 18 points, and forward Arin Pezeshkian’s 13 points (three from beyond the arc).
The Falcons led 15-7 after the opening quarter, had a 37-13 advantage at the half, and entered the final quarter ahead, 51-27.
Springer downed four three-pointers and scored seven points in the first quarter, and then dropped eight points in the second quarter for the Falcons, who shot 32.3 percent (11 of 34) from the floor in the first half.
Burroughs (11-5 and 1-3 in league) came out and had a tough time finding the hoop as it managed 38.8 percent (14 of 36) from the field, which was expected given its two leading scorers and rebounders were sidelined.
“We knew Burroughs would come out with a lot of energy,’’ said Crescenta Valley Head Coach Shawn Zargarian.
Small forward Lawrence White (right ankle) averages 18.6 points and 9.5 rebounds, while senior power forward Jorge Flores-Pere (pneumonia) scores 10.9 points per contest and grabs seven boards.
“That they weren’t in the lineup makes a lot of difference,’’ said Zargarian, whose team is 13-4 and 4-0 in league. “They are their leading scorers.”
Burroughs Head Coach Adam Hochberg wasn’t happy. “I really don’t have too much to say, but I’ll say Crescenta Valley played great,’’ he offered. “We didn’t take the challenge.”
The Falcons shot 36.2 percent from the field, but took 22 more shots and sank 21, which was the primary reason the Falcons prevailed.
Reserve junior guard Jared Soliman had the outing of his life, canning four from three-point range and pacing the Indians with 16 points.
“I’m proud of how Jared played,’’ said Hochberg. “He doesn’t play a lot, but he had his best game.”
Senior guard Cole Currie accounted for nine points, and senior forward Kris Jaborian added eight points for the Falcons.
Burroughs had a 14-point third quarter, which was the same as Crescenta Valley, but it didn’t make much of a dent in the 24-point halftime deficit.
The Falcons outscored the Indians 15-6 in the fourth quarter and received eight points from Pezeshkian, while Soliman had a pair of three-pointers.