Regular-season games are an emotional roller-coaster. There are thrilling wins and devastating losses. The CIF Southern Section playoffs are filled with each emotion.
For the Crescenta Valley High boys’ basketball team it was pure joy after last Friday’s 61-49 blitz of visiting El Toro in a Division IA quarterfinal match, while three nights earlier, Glendale’s season came to an end after suffering a 63-39 loss to host Mission Viejo in a Division IA second-round encounter.
Perhaps it helped that Crescenta Valley (26-4) has a prolonged history of success on the hardwood because this squad seemed to pick up on that vibe.
Christian Misi had two off-nights in the Falcons’ playoff victories, but rounded into form as he poured in a game-best 15 points, snatched 13 rebounds, dished five assists with three blocks, while junior guard Cole Currie scored 14 points and senior forward Davis Dragovich added 13.
The Chargers (22-9) fell behind at the half by six points, but surged ahead 30-29 midway through the third quarter.
It was at this point that Misi, a senior center, located senior guard Tade Keshishyan, who nailed a three-pointer, and Misi then canned a three-pointer with 3:25 left to make it 35-30.
For the under-manned Nitros, it boiled down to slowing the action to a crawl against top-seeded Mission Viejo.
The ploy worked for nearly three quarters as Glendale trailed by only seven points with two minutes left in the quarter.
But there’s a reason why Mission Viejo is the No. 1 seed, and it’s they’re a well-oiled offensive machine capable of scoring runs such as the 17-0 spurt that sealed Glendale’s fate.
Max Redfield tallied 14 points for the Diablos (25-3), Michael Cramer 12, followed by Jahleel Tinner with 11.
Senior forward Sevan Pogosyan finished with a team-high 10 points for Glendale (14-14), which fell behind 18-12 after one quarter.
Pogosyan made all four shots in the first quarter, but hit one of 13 the rest of the way.
Glendale senior center David Yetenikyan scored six points and pulled down 13 boards with four blocks.
Vahe Aristakessian had nine points, Edmond Tahmazyan six, while Arada Zakarian and Bobby Casaburi each tallied five points.