Falcons Rise Above Nitros

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There was little the Crescenta Valley High boys’ and girls’ basketball teams didn’t do last Friday night in a Pacific League clash at Glendale.
Senior small forward Coltrane Powdrill scored a team-best 18 points with nine rebounds, and Cole Currie added 14 points as the Falcons downed the Nitros, 65-62, while Cassie Pappas’ game-high 29 points paced the Falcons to a 60-41 decision.
Early in the fourth quarter, Pappas was hit with a pair of technical fouls, and will not be eligible for the next game.
Give credit to the Nitro boys’ for staying close and having enough in reserve at the end to make it exciting.
The Falcons drilled their first four shots from the floor to begin the fourth quarter, and when senior point guard Adam Dasaad stole the ball and gunned it to senior power forward Nick Dragovich (eight points), the visitors pulled ahead, 59-50, with 4:33 left, and forced Glendale to call a time out.
Crescenta Valley then went on a dry spell, missing its next three shots before sophomore center Christian Misi (12 points) scored.
The Falcons (17-7 and 8-4 in league) took an 18-17 lead into the second quarter as Dasaad tallied six of his 10 points.
During an 18-point second quarter, Currie, a freshman shooting guard, scored 10 points, and drilled two three-pointers.
Meanwhile, the Nitros (7-17 and 2-10 in league) were making it interesting, nailing five three-pointers in the opening half, with sophomore power forward David Yetenikyan accounting for two from beyond the arc.
“We had too many turnovers, and that’s why I think we lost this game,” said Yetenikyan, who had a game-best 26 points, with four three-pointers. “We were able to make a lot of three-pointers, and that kept us in the game.”
The Nitros finished with 10 three-pointers, to the Falcons’ three.
Junior shooting guard Anthony Tahmazian connected on four three-pointers, and scored 11 of his 20 points in the first half, as Glendale fell behind, 36-35.
Glendale shot 41 percent (11 of 27) from the field in the first half, while the Falcons made 12 of 19 (63 percent).
Smooth and silky anywhere in the paint, Pappas averages 25 points a game, with a sweet jump shot.
In the opening quarter, Pappas scored eight points that helped the Falcons take a 14-8 lead, and then added 12 points with eight coming at the free-throw line. Pappas made 11 of 12 shots from the charity line.
The Falcons (20-5 and 10-2 in league) hit four of 14 shots from the field in the second quarter, and outscored Glendale, 17-11.
Crescenta Valley converted on 33 percent at the half (10 of 30), and was successful on 43 percent (21 of 49) overall.
Pappas was held to seven points in the third quarter and one basket in the final quarter.
Stella Ghazarian scored 15 points to lead Glendale (6-16 and 1-11 in league), which shot 33 percent (14 of 42).

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