Payback had to be on the mind of the Crescenta Valley High boys’ basketball team after falling to Burbank by two points in December.
Last Friday night, the Falcons more than evened the score after trouncing the host Bulldogs 63-45 in a Pacific League game.
“We had a little bit of a sour taste in our mouth after that game,’’ said longtime Crescenta Valley Head Coach Shawn Zargarian of the 74-72 loss. “We don’t like to lose at home. Our guys had a lot of motivation.”
The Falcons (23 of 46 for 50 percent) were led by junior point guard Tyler Carlson’s game-best 22 points.
Carlson scored eight points in the first quarter as the Falcons took a 16-6 lead and five points in the second period that gave CV a 31-22 advantage at the break.
CV hit six of 12 in the opening frame and six of 15 in the second period while limiting the Bulldogs to two of 15 in the first and four of 13 in the second.
CV junior guard/forward Danny Khani (15 points) hit three straight three-pointers and scored 10 points in the third after scoring three in the second period.
CV (18-4 and 7-3 in league) drilled seven of 10 shots in the third period and forged ahead 52-35.
Carlson, who hit four of CV’s seven treys, had five points in the third, added four points in the fourth quarter as the Falcons made four of nine.
Senior shooting guard Erik Harutyunyan dropped in a team-high 13 points for the Bulldogs (14-9 and 5-5 in league).
“They protected the middle. We missed jump shots, period,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Ernest Baskerville. “The last time we hit jump shots. That’s what basketball is. Either you’re going to make them or miss them.’’
Harutyunyan had three points at the half, tallied six points in the third quarter and four in the fourth.
Junior point guard Leo Tahmasian added 12 points for the Bulldogs (15 of 57 for 26.3 percent).