One of the great treats in sports is the unexpected nature that can befall any team, good, bad or great, and even one that truly expects to come away with a win.
Rivalry matches are sometimes the best at delivering upsets because the participants often don’t care much about what their team’s record is or who they’re playing against.
All that really matters is the players will do everything and anything in their collective power to assist their squad to the victory column.
So it was hardly a surprise that Hoover High’s boys’ basketball team had the best of crosstown rival and visiting Glendale in their Pacific League meeting last Thursday night.
The hero was senior guard Jash Francisco, who had an effort for the ages as he dropped a team-high 26 points with five steals for the Tornadoes, who drilled the Nitros, 64-51.
Junior Teo Davidian added 18 points with six rebounds, and senior Ando Adjemian and senior Arvin Atakhanian each tallied 10 points for the Tornadoes.
The Nitros (9-17 and 4-10 in league) were primed to stop Francisco, but the balanced attack was something that proved tough to deal with.
Francisco tallied 11 points in the first quarter and added eight points in the second quarter.
Hoover never trailed and pulled ahead by six points, and then dashed in front by 13 points about half way through the third quarter.
Glendale made nine field goals in the opening half as Vahe Aristakessian’s three-pointer got the Nitros within four points as less than a minute remained in the third quarter.
The Tornadoes (13-13 and 5-9 in league) then responded by scoring three baskets and were in front by 10 points.
Aristakessian led the Nitros with 27 points and nine rebounds, while Glendale’s 6-foot-6 center Arthur Terzyan scored six points with nine caroms, and Stephan Arakelyan tossed in 11 points for the Nitros.
In other games, Flintridge Prep had an easy time versus Pasadena Poly last Thursday as Kareem Ismail and Robert Cartwright both scored 11 points in a 63-51 Prep League triumph.
Jedrick Eugenio scored 10 points for the host Rebels, who are 19-5 overall and 8-0 in league play.
The Glendale girls’ exacted some revenge for their male counterparts by blasting Hoover 49-35 behind Kristineh Zadourian’s 18 points and seven rebounds with six assists.
Tara Abdul-Ahad dropped in seven points and Ellin Avanessian totaled six points with four rebounds for Glendale (15-10 and 8-6 in league).