Hoop Tourneys Abound


It’s tradition around this time that high school basketball tournaments are held with dozens of games contested at many venues. Most are hard-fought, well-played and close.

Some aren’t, like the one between St. Francis and Schurr in the La Canada Tournament last Friday.

The Golden Knights were too tough, winning 51-29, as Emerson Castaneda poured in a game-high 20 points, and teammate Sevan Zarifian added 12.

For their effort, St. Francis (4-4) played Arcadia on Saturday for fifth place.

Meanwhile, Crescenta Valley flexed its muscle on the same evening against Westlake in an opening-round match of the San Fernando Invitational, prevailing 50-41, behind center Christian Misi, who pulled down 14 rebounds and tallied 23 points.

Misi’s running partner, guard Cole Currie dropped in 16 points for the Falcons (4-1).

Two days earlier, the Golden Knights weren’t as fortunate, falling to Bonita, 50-41, in a pool-play game of the La Canada tourney. Ben Maynard had 12 points, and Zarifian chipped in with 11.

Glendale’s Linden Anderson had 16 points for the Nitros (3-3) against Schurr, winning 64-48, on Wednesday in the La Canada tourney.

In a non-tournament game, Flintridge Prep (5-2) center Kenyatta Smith ran roughshod over Kilpatrick, scoring 18 points, with six blocks and 15 rebounds, en route to a 69-36 victory on Wednesday.

Smith had help as Kory Hamane scored 17 points, and Robert Cartwright tossed in 15 points with eight assists.

In what was likely the best matchup of the week, Glendale roared back from an early deficit, and walked off with a 61-53 win over St. Francis on Monday in a pool-play game of the La Canada tourney.

The Nitros fell behind, but rallied behind David Yetenikyan’s 13 points and 12 caroms.

Glendale dug itself a 19-4 hole after one quarter, but outscored the Golden Knights, 20-8, in the second quarter.

Yetenikyan’s three-pointer late in the third quarter gave the Nitros a 34-30 edge with just under two minutes left.

The Golden Knights were led by Castaneda’s game-best 25 points, but could only get within 56-53, in the closing moments of the final quarter.

Helping Glendale’s cause was Anthony Tahmazian’s 16 points, and Suren Gyurgchyan’s 12 points. Zack Gardea scored 12 points, and Maynard threw in 10 points for St. Francis.

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