Nitros drub Indians 79-63

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Let’s just say that the Glendale High boys’ basketball team were sharpshooters when it faced visiting Burroughs last Wednesday.

Behind 53.8 percent shooting from the field (28 of 52), the Nitros blasted the short-handed Indians 79-63 in a Pacific League contest.

A 30-point fourth quarter by the Indians (12-11 and 3-8 in league), who had seven players available, helped make it somewhat closer after trailing 42-20 at halftime and 62-33 heading into the fourth period.

“To be honest, we just kind of relaxed a little bit too much which shouldn’t be the case,’’ said Glendale Head Coach Ib Belou of the fourth frame. “Everybody just kept making mental errors.’’

Glendale (17-7 and 5-6 in league) hit 12 three-pointers with junior point guard John Mansuryan (game-best 21 points) nailing six, including four treys in the first period when he scored 13 as the Nitros bounded ahead 22-11.

“If I’m open and there’s any daylight, just shoot,’’ said Mansuryan. “Our thinking for the whole season has been team ball. No one-on-one basketball. We win as a team and we lose as a team. We keep fighting. We just want to do our best every game.’’

Senior swingman Eli Degrate (14 points) scored six points and senior point guard Larrenz Carino (14 points) added five in the second quarter for the Nitros.

In the third period, sophomore shooting guard David Shamiryan (12 points) hit four three-pointers as Glendale outscored the Indians 20-13.

Though Glendale prevailed, Belou wasn’t pleased. “I’d give us a B-minus,’’ he said. “I think we’re capable of more. So we’ve got to figure that out. We’ve got a lot to learn. I expect us to work hard and that’s a given.’’

Four reached double figures for Burroughs (22 of 61 for 36 percent), who were led by senior point guard Omar Searcy (16 points), followed by junior shooting guard Zion Bazzell and sophomore point guard Emery Goulet with 12 each.

Glendale had 14 turnovers, eight at the half, while Burroughs had six miscues.

On Friday, the Nitros lost to host Pasadena 83-52, while the visiting Indians fell to Crescenta Valley 73-48.

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The Sports Department Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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