Falcons Take Own Tourney
Never an easy task, and especially when the competition is keen, it’s always rewarding to win your own holiday basketball tournament.
On the line last Friday evening was the third annual Falcon Classic, and with Nick Dragovich scoring a team-high 18 points, senior forward Coltrane Powdrill dropping in 13 points and the tourney’s Most Valuable Player guard Adam Dasaad adding nine points, Crescenta Valley High squeezed by Simi Valley, 53-52, avenging a loss to this same school in last season’s title game. You can call it sweet revenge, even if the players and coaching staff won’t.
Playing like an all-tournament selection, Dragovich, a senior forward, downed three of his five free throws in the last two minutes, and also made a key hoop in the painted area that gave the Falcons (4-0) a 50-48 lead.
That basket came with 1:40 showing in the fourth quarter, and when Dragovich, who had eight points in the first half, canned two free throws, Crescenta Valley pulled in front, 52-48, with 26 seconds left. The Pioneers made a late charge but fell just short.
Simi Valley (6-2) trailed 26-21, at the intermission, and were led by forward Jonathan Davis with a game-best 21 points and forward Grant Keller, who poured in 15 points. Davis pounded the boards for eight rebounds, Keller picked up five steals and four assists and both made the all-tourney squad, as did Powdrill.
In the third place game, Flintridge Prep’s Kenyatta Smith had an outing he will never forget, dropping in 42 points, mostly inside, as the Rebels swept past Antelope Valley, 67-63.
In the opening quarter, Smith scored 10 points and added three blocks, and was pleased with his performance.
“I thought I might be able to get a game like this,’’ said Smith, who helped the Rebels take a 17-10 lead into the second quarter. “To get 42 points is awesome. My teammates kept getting me the ball inside, and the more Antelope Valley collapsed, the more the guys could get the ball into me.”
Smith then tallied 12 points in the second quarter, as the Rebels (5-3) extended their lead to 36-27 at the half.
Flintridge Prep Head Coach Garrett Ohara has never had a player top the 40-point mark, and was clearly pleased at Smith’s effort. “He’s unstoppable,” he said. This was the understatement of the tourney.
Ohara is hopeful that this trend continues for Smith, who is 6-foot-7, and plays with an ease few big men have, because he can shoot, and is quick and agile, which makes it extremely tough for defenders to match.
On Thursday in a pool-play game, Crescenta Valley was in charge from the opening tip, and downed Antelope Valley, 54-37, behind the overall play of Powdrill, who had 14 points, six assists and nine rebounds.
The Falcons were ahead at the half, 32-11, as Cole Currie scored a game-high 16 points, and Christian Misi added nine points.