Glendale Girls Win, Boys Don’t

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It’s only four games into the Glendale High girls’ basketball campaign, but they’re already playing as though in mid-season form after last Friday night’s 47-29 win over city and Pacific League rival Hoover in a third-place game of the Hoover Tip-Off Classic.
For the Glendale boys’ squad, it was an entirely different story, and based on the sluggish start, it could be a long and trying season, as the club fell to Chaminade, 64-32, in a ninth-place contest of the 41st Annual Bulldog Tip-Off Classic.
Junior guard Stella Ghazarian and Serah Mirzaeian combined for 33 points, as the Nitros (3-1) cruised to a 25-14 lead at the half.
Also a junior guard, Mirzaeian tallied five of her game-best 20 points in the first half, and Ghazarian finished with 13 points.
Each drilled three-pointers in the opening half, as the team connected on seven three-pointers all tolled.
Cynthia Garcia and Nina Sahakian were bulwarks on the glass, with each pulling down eight rebounds for the Nitros, who eventually moved ahead by 11 points with just over three minutes left in the second quarter.
The Tornadoes (2-2) are not completely without talent, and may very well have a successful season, but on this night freshman forward Allison Zalin’s 10-rebound, six-point performance wasn’t enough.
However, Zalin’s 12 points was a perfect remedy as she helped lead Hoover past Marshall, 31-20, the previous day. Zalin had six points and two rebounds in the third quarter.
Chaminade’s Jamal McClerkin scored 18 points with 14 boards, and Zach Miller tossed in 14 points.
The Eagles (2-2) made it look easy against the struggling Nitros (1-3), connecting on a dozen shots from the field in the first half, while taking a commanding, 32-11, advantage into the showers.
Chaminade moved in front by eight points in the first quarter, and led by five points with less than three minutes having been played.
Glendale lacks enough important pieces that this could be a sub-.500 season. David Yetenikyan was the leading scorer with five points, followed by Suren Gyurgchyan and Dion Banoian, as each added four points.
On Thursday, the Glendale girls’ held on for a 43-37 triumph over Franklin. The Nitros were ahead by 17 points heading into the final quarter, and were paced by Mirzaeian’s 13 points.
The Panthers were stubborn, and clawed to within, 41-37, as 27 seconds remained on the clock. This effort spoke volumes, considering that the Panthers were down at the intermission, 21-12.
Meanwhile, the Glendale boys’ edged Agoura, 71-70, on Thursday, after Eddie Nersisyan traveled the length of the floor, and then dropped in a three-pointer with no time left on the clock.
These types of plays cannot be completed without constant practice and patience, and some luck. Nersisyan had an overall stellar outing, finishing with 15 points.

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