Yetenikyan Shows Skills

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David Yetenikyan is the type of basketball player who does everything well. At 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, the senior center for Glendale High can dominate in the low post or step back and hit long-range jump shots.

Yetenikyan’s skill-set was on display last Friday night as visiting Arcadia came calling in a Pacific League game.

Yetenikyan scored a game-best 18 points and pulled down 17 rebounds, as Glendale rallied for a 60-56 victory, and kept its CIF Southern Section playoff hopes alive.

“I can’t say enough about David,’’ said longtime Nitros Head Coach Steve Snodgress. “He’s just impeccable. He can score, rebound, pass, and play defense. He does everything.’’

It began poorly for Glendale (9-13 overall and 4-6 in league) as it fell behind 13-11 after shooting 25 percent (four of 16) from the floor in the first quarter, and trailed 28-24 at the half after making five of 13 in the second quarter.

The Nitros entered the fourth quarter down 43-40, but opened the eight-minute block by getting a hoop from Yetenikyan, followed by a three-pointer from junior guard Vahe Aristakessian (nine points).

“He told us to play more aggressive in the second half,’’ said Yetenikyan, who dished off five assists with four steals and four blocks. “He said just shoot and make the shot. We want to make the playoffs. That was our goal in the beginning of the year and to win at least one game in the playoffs.’’

When Aristakessian scored with 6:17 left in the final quarter, the Nitros pulled ahead 47-43.

Glendale’s ability to sink free throws late was crucial. Yetenikyan drilled a pair, but it became a windfall when Arcadia forward Jeffrey Radzwill was called for a technical foul.

Senior forward Sevan Pogosyan (12 points) hit the charity shot, and then converted seven of eight as Glendale made nine of 13 in the quarter, and 13 of 20 overall.

Arcadia (10-12 and 3-7 in league) shot 48.9 percent (24 of 49) from the field, but had difficulty in the fourth quarter as it made five of 15.

The third quarter began with Glendale (22 of 51 for 43.1 percent) missing its first four shots, but responding by nailing eight of nine, with Yetenikyan, who plans on playing at Occidental College, tallying six points.

Forward Robert Haines poured in 14 points for Arcadia, followed by guard Taylor Legace and Radzwill with 13 points each, and guard Stephen Smith added 12.

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