Working under a handicap, the Glendale High boys’ basketball team suited up only eight players against Burroughs, but still managed to push aside the visiting Indians, 53-45, behind eight three-pointers last Friday evening in a Pacific League game.
With 2:40 left in the third quarter, Glendale junior guard Eddie Uluchyan (nine points) tied it at 32-32, and when senior center Arthur Terzyan drilled two three-pointers and senior guard Stephan Arakelyan added another, the Nitros entered the final quarter ahead, 41-34.
“We have so much heart,’’ said Terzyan, who finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. “Whoever wanted it more was going to win.”
The Indians (15-6 and 7-2 in league) converted 25 percent from the floor (17 of 68), and missed their first five shots in the final quarter, but when senior guard Amaad Wainright scored on a follow-up with 4:40 left the hoop cut the Nitros’ lead to 45-40.
“It’s a tough league,’’ said Wainright, who had a game-best 15 points with 17 rebounds, but entered the contest averaging nearly 26 points. “Glendale made the key shots. Today I had a bad game.”
Burroughs came within one point on baskets from senior forward Rashid Ewing (nine points and seven rebounds) and Wainright, but Uluchyan’s trey with 1:05 showing made it 49-45.
“We caught Burroughs on an off-night,’’ said Glendale Head Coach Steve Snodgress. “Because we were playing without Eric [Kirakosian] and Alex [Miralis], we needed to have everyone play much better.”
Five players scored for the Nitros (8-13 and 3-6 in league) in the opening quarter, while Wainright tallied four points including a three as the Indians led, 11-8, heading into the second quarter.
“Anything can happen in this league,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Adam Hochberg, who saw his team make eight of 20 from the free-throw line and tally a season-low 45 points. “They really hurt us with those three three-pointers in the third quarter, but we decided to settle tonight.”
Ewing’s hoop pushed the Indians in front, 15-11, with 4:23 left in the second quarter as the Nitros called time out after missing their first 12 shots from the field until Arakelyan dropped a three-pointer and junior forward Raffi Jivalagian (10 points) added another three as Glendale (19 of 54 for 35.1 percent) trailed at the half, 21-19.