Anthony Tahmazian plays guard for the Glendale High boys’ basketball team, and can usually be counted upon in the biggest moments.
After scoring 10 points through four quarters, Tahmazian, a senior, added nine points in overtime as the Nitros rallied for a 66-61 victory over visiting Burroughs last Friday night in a Pacific League game.
In the girls’ match, Burroughs guard Lisha Elsenbach was a force, tallying a game-high 15 points, and guard Chelsea Rhamdeow added 12 in a 39-29 triumph over Glendale.
The Indians (6-16 and 0-5 in league) were slow out of the blocks, and trailed 25-22, at the half, but made a dent over the last two quarters, outscoring the Nitros, 32-29.
Burroughs began the third quarter making its first two shots from the floor, and finished the eight-minute period hitting seven of 10, and took a 42-37 lead into the fourth quarter.
During this stretch, center Jorge Flores Pere scored nine of his team-best 16 points.
The Nitros (7-10 and 2-3 in league) struggled to find the hoop in the fourth quarter, missing their first nine shots until forward Linden Anderson scored four points late.
Glendale guard Steven Gasparian (15 points) also knocked down a three-pointer, as did Tahmazian, who had five points in the quarter, and the Nitros were riding a wave entering overtime.
“We played well in the first quarter, and then had problems in the second quarter,’’ said Glendale Head Coach Steve Snodgress. “We always have one bad quarter where we’ll score like seven points.”
Glendale’s 14-7 first quarter lead was cut into as the Indians scored 15 points in the second quarter, while allowing the Nitros 11 points.
Four players scored for the Indians in the second quarter, with wingman David Shaw accounting for five of his 11 points.
In the girls’ game, the Indians (14-4 and 4-1 in league) drained nine of 12 shots from the floor in the opening quarter, sailed to an 18-6 lead, and were ahead, 24-13, at the half, as Elsenbach scored nine points.
The Indians are defense-minded, and it’s one reason they won. “That’s what we like to do,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Vicky Oganyan. “Defense is our No. 1 strength. Glendale can shoot the ball, so they’re capable of making a comeback.”
Burroughs employs a back-court press, and held Glendale (10-7 and 2-3 in league) to seven of 33 from the field (21.2 percent), and were led by Stella Ghazarian’s 12 points.