Nitros Get Initial Win

Three consecutive losses will drive any head coach mad. Getting an initial win will change that, and it did for Steve Snodgress, as the Glendale High boys’ basketball team won last Friday night at the 42nd Annual Bulldog Tip-Off, downing Burroughs 51-46 in a pool-play matchup.

Converting enough shots has been the primary culprit for the Nitros, who had trouble finding the bottom of the basket during their losing streak.

Dion Banoian, Anthony Tahmazian, and David Yetenikyan (12 points) poured in a combined 29 points.

From the outset, the Nitros (1-3) marched to the lead and were never headed. Sinking three-pointers was vital, as Glendale was successful on six.

Glendale’s best outside shot-maker was Sevan Pogosyan, who sank three from three-point range and finished with nine points, while Suren Gyurgchyan scored eight points.

The Indians (0-4) struggled, but were still within striking distance of a victory. Behind the play of Jorge Flores-Pere and Austyn Thompson, the Indians went on a 9-0 blitz as Burroughs trailed 17-15.

It was Thompson to the rescue, this time putting in a couple of layups that capped a 7-0 spree, while getting Burroughs within 37-35, as the Nitros called a timeout.

When play began, Edmond Tahmazyan drilled a three-pointer, halting the Indians’ attack.

In other action, West Adams muzzled Hoover in a Campbell Hall Tournament match, losing 68-57.

Aden Ziraki scored 25 points and picked off four steals for the Tornadoes (1-2), and teammate George Shakaryan poured in nine points.

Meanwhile, Montclair Prep had its way against Flintridge Prep, even with center Kenyatta Smith tallying 20 points for the Rebels (1-1).

In girls’ play, West Valley crashed the offensive boards during a 54-53 triumph over Crescenta Valley in a semifinal game of the Falcon Classic, despite Sarah Yoon dropping in a career-best 27 points for the Falcons.

With 1:30 left, Yoon nailed a three-pointer that gave the Falcons (2-1) a 53-52 edge, but Michele Arima countered with a hoop 23 seconds later for the Wildcats (3-0).

Flintridge Prep defeated L.A. Sacred Heart of Jesus 34-18, in a consolation game of the San Marino Tournament behind Kristin Shum’s 18 rebounds and four assists.

The Rebels were paced by Katherine Bogaard’s 11 points, with Gwen Anderson and Gabby Zen each depositing nine points.

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