It took four overtimes before last Friday night’s Pacific League contest between Muir High and Glendale was settled, and when Eddie Uluchyan’s three-pointer fell with 1:25 left it gave the host Nitros a four-point lead, and an eventual 80-77 win.
“It felt good when I shot it,’’ said Uluchyan, a junior point guard who finished with nine points including four in the fourth overtime. “Right now I don’t even know how I feel, but I could have played some more.’’
Glendale junior forward Alex Miralis (14 points) canned a three-pointer and two free throws, and senior guard Stephan Arakelyan added a trey in the third overtime which ended at 73-73.
“I’ve never been in a four-overtime game,’’ said Glendale Head Coach Steve Snodgress. “I’ve watched games in this gym since 1959 when I was a little boy, and I’ve seen a lot of games since that time, but this is as exciting a game as I’ve ever seen here.”
Snodgress said fatigue and fortune played a role in the outcome. “When you play four overtimes, whoever wins is lucky. I’m sure Muir was fatigued after playing 10 overtimes in their last three games.”
Miralis added a charity shot and a hoop in the second overtime, while Muir senior power forward Arinze Anakwenze (21 points) tossed in a basket and a free throw as the four-minute session closed at 65-65.
The Mustangs (5-9 and 2-3 in league) were ahead by three points in the first overtime until junior forward Raffi Jivalagian (nine points) rattled home a three-pointer with 2.3 seconds left which knotted it at 60-60.
With the score 27-27 at the intermission, the Nitros (7-10 and 2-3 in league) received a three-pointer from Arakelyan that made it 42-34 with 3:20 showing in the third quarter and Uluchyan’s trey gave the Nitros a 45-34 lead and 2:58 left.
The Mustangs tied it at 52-52 with 4:30 left in the fourth quarter after nailing six consecutive field goals with senior shooting guard Dejon William (game-best 26 points) talling seven points and Anakwenze six.
Muir led 13-10 after the first quarter and got five points from junior shooting guard Desmond Harris-Austin (14 points) in the second quarter, but Nitros’ junior forward Tyler Lousararian (13 points) and senior center Arthur Terzyan (team-high 15 points) each added four points.