Plenty of Hoop Action

This is the time when high school basketball begins in earnest before the grueling league season starts. It’s also an opportunity to get any kinks resolved and focus on matters that need addressing.
With this in mind, it was a mixed bag as the Glendale High boys’ team edged St. Francis, 65-62, in a pool-play game of the La Canada Tournament last Friday, and the Crescenta Valley girls’ squad had its six-game winning streak halted after losing to Beverly Hills, 64-60, in overtime of the semi-final game of the 28th Annual Magnolia Optimist Tournament at Burroughs High.
The Nitros had been reeling and, at least for now, have turned it around slightly as Anthony Tahmazian led the charge with a game-high 28 points, including seven baskets from three-point range.
Glendale (2-5) had a three-game losing skein snapped and its victory over the Golden Knights (4-3) could be a harbinger of things to come.
Adding to Glendale’s scoring punch was David Yetenikyan’s 15 points, and all were needed.
“Nothing is easy but we beat a real good team,” said Glendale Head Coach Steve Snodgress. “We feel that we made progress this week after how poorly we played in the Burbank Tournament.”
A hoop by Tahmazian with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Nitros a 54-52 edge.
The Golden Knights were paced by Tommy Jordan’s 21 points, followed by Spencer Nieves with 18 points.
It could have turned out much different if the Falcons’ best player, Cassie Pappas, had knocked down her shot in the paint just before the buzzer sounded in regulation. Pappas ended up with a game-best 23 points before fouling out.
Instead, Beverly Hills’ Natalie Moy picked the Falcons (6-1) clean, recording three steals during the last half-minute in overtime, with two thefts leading to the winning margin.
A three-point hoop by Crescenta Valley’s Shayna Svihovec, who finished with 11 points, tied it at 60-60, and 52 seconds left in the extra period.
Chelsea Austin tallied a team-best 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for Beverly Hills (6-2), which led by five points and 1:40 showing in overtime.
“We got a little lackadaisical and maybe a little tired in the overtime period,” said Crescenta Valley Head Coach Jason Perez. “We played hard and they’re a big athletic team.”
Sarah Yoon contributed nine points for the Falcons and Chisso Hemelians added six.
In other girls’ action, Flintridge Prep’s Megan Musashi dropped in 19 points, along with five steals and eight rebounds during Thursday’s 46-36 victory over Providence (Burbank) in a nonleague encounter.
The scoring load was made somewhat easier as Deanna Watson added seven points with 12 boards, three blocks and four steals for the Rebels (7-3).
Glendale wasn’t as fortunate, falling to J.W. North (Riverside), 37-34, during a consolation contest of the Burroughs tourney.
The Nitros (4-3) were paced by Serah Mirzaeian with 15 points, and Stella Ghazarian added 13 points.

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