Nitros Stage Rally
Winning is always the objective, and it’s more special when a rival is knocked off. For the first half and an early portion of the third quarter, the visiting Hoover High boys’ basketball team was riding high, but a technical foul turned matters around for Glendale, which went on an extended run and earned a 71-58 win last Friday in a Pacific League game.
In the same manner, the Glendale girls’ used a second-half spurt to subdue crosstown foe Hoover 48-27, on the same evening.
The Tornadoes were sharp and poised for a stunning upset after racing to a six-point halftime lead.
Then slowly it came apart for Hoover, which led by 11 points after Reni Nazari hit a three-point shot with just under six minutes left in the third quarter.
The run was halted when Hoover’s Artin Mirzakhanyan was fouled by Steven Gasparian (nine points). On the play, there was a slight push and words from Mirzakhanyan, who was nailed with a technical.
In short order, the Nitros scored five points, with Anthony Tahmazian, who finished with a game-high 21 points, sinking a pair of free throws, and Gasparian hitting a three-pointer.
The Nitros (8-11 and 3-4 in league) seized the moment, and there was little Hoover (4-14 and 0-7 in league) could do.
There was a stretch when the Nitros scored 11 unanswered points, and tied it at 45-45 midway through the third quarter after Sevan Pogosyan (14 points) scored off a steal. It became a 22-1 spurt as Glendale took a 56-46 lead into the final quarter.
Hoover’s opening half was a far cry from the second half, considering how well it played over the first 16 minutes.
During this time, Teo Aghazarian, who scored a team-best 16 points, was on the mark from long range, as Hoover converted 10 from beyond the arc.
Making Aghazarian’s job easier, Aden Ziraki and Kyle Bernardo each scored 12 points.
The Glendale girls’ used a 30-point second half after holding a five-point edge at the half.
The Nitros came out and missed only one of seven shots in the fourth quarter, including four from three-point range.
Glendale (11-8 and 3-4 in league) motored to an 11-5 lead after one quarter, with the usual suspects – Serah Mirzaeian (six rebounds and three assists) and Stella Ghazarian (five caroms) – each scoring 11 points, along with Keasha Luna’s eight points and eight boards.
Amatia Golbodaghi tallied 10 points for Hoover (1-13 and 0-7 in league), and Sharis Rostamian added seven.