Tight Squeeze

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Evenly-matched talent resulted in an evenly-played Pacific League game between Burbank High and host Hoover this past Friday that saw the Bulldogs prevail, 57-56, after two three-pointers failed and a game-tying free throw also didn’t find the mark.

With 25 seconds left the Bulldogs were ahead by two points and when senior small forward Richard Elmoyan converted one of two at the charity line, it became 57-54, but senior guard Alex Chrishyan’s and senior forward Teo Davidian’s long-range jumpers were off target.

Junior guard Argin Sarkisian (10 points) grabbed Davidian’s miss, scored with one second, was fouled by Elmoyan, but missed the free throw.

“You keep working hard, you’re going to win games,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Jerry DeLaurie, whose team has lost eight games by six points or less. “Our motto for this game was to finish. I think we did that.”

Hoover came into the final quarter ahead 43-41, but failed on its first five shots before Davidian drained a three-pointer.

“It’s tough to take,’’ said Davidian, who scored all of his game-best 15 points in the second half. “The last few games have been very close.”

When asked why his output came late, Davidian, who canned three treys, said it was Burbank’s defense. “They played a zone in the first half and went man-to-man in the second half which is easier,” he explained.

Each team shot well in the opening quarter with the Bulldogs (11-13 and 5-7 in league) nailing six of 11 and senior center Anthony Kardosh (team-high 14 points) dropping in seven, while the Tornadoes made five of 10 as junior guard Kevin Nazari (10 points) garnered seven points.

“I think they got a few more boards and they’re more physical,’’ said Hoover Head Coach Jack Van Patten. “They attacked the basket. I felt that we were chasing them.”

Hoover (13-11 and 4-8 in league) outrebounded Burbank 27-26, but was outshot by the Bulldogs 50 percent (21 of 42) to 40.4 percent (17 of 42).

The second quarter was the polar opposite as Burbank hit four of 14, but still led 27-24 at the half, while Hoover popped in three of nine as junior forward Chris Sarkisian had eight of his 14 points.

Hoover put down four three-pointers in the third quarter as Davidian and senior guard Arlen Moradi (six points) each had two.

Davidian’s second came with 3:56 left and gave the Tornadoes a 35-33 edge, and Moradi’s second with 1:25 showing made it 42-39.

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