Even for a special team, digging out of a hole can be difficult. Well, that’s exactly what confronted the Crescenta Valley High boys’ basketball squad in the championship game of the Falcon Classic, and though gifted with two amazing players, the club couldn’t rally against Chatsworth, with the result a 78-69 loss last Friday evening.
The Chancellors, who have posted seven straight wins, led after three quarters, 51-47, and cruised over the final stanza, outscoring the Falcons, 16-4, at one point.
Crescenta Valley (3-1) usually receives scoring in the paint from junior center Christian Misi, and on the perimeter from sophomore guard Cole Currie.
On this night, the Chancellors (7-1) were too strong when it mattered down the stretch.
Currie, who had 26 points in the second half, led the Falcons with 31 points, followed by Misi’s 28 points, 22 in the opening half, along with 14 rebounds. Both were named to the all-tournament squad.
Chatsworth forward Derrick Hector dropped in 15 points, and was selected the tourney’s most valuable player.
Forward Jesse Monje added 19 points for the Chancellors, forward Terrell Funches scored 16 points, and forward Jesse Hernandez accounted for 14 points.
In CV’s previous game, Misi and Currie were the scoring leaders as the Falcons held off stubborn Antelope Valley, 77-64, on Thursday in a pool-play match.
Doing his damage inside, the 6-foot, 4-inch Misi tallied 28 points with 18 caroms, including 11 offensive rebounds, and the sharp-shooting Currie had 23 points.
Lorenzo Goines scored a game-high 30 points for Antelope Valley, which closed within 61-59, and just under five minutes left in the final quarter.
Misi gave the Falcons a four-point edge after snaring a rebound, and then putting the ball into the hoop. Currie, who nailed five three-pointers, sank a trey that gave CV a 67-61 lead.
The Falcons made easy work of over-matched Sun Valley in a pool-play game on Wednesday, as Currie had 19 points during the 85-31 blowout.
Currie scored 11 points, Misi contributed 10 of his 18 points, along with six of his eight boards in the first quarter, which was enough to power the Falcons past up-start Sun Valley, winners of only three games in the school’s brief history.
CV held a 31-1 lead with slightly more than seven minutes left in the second quarter, and led 48-15 at the half.