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Tornados, Falcons Compete in Tournaments

First published in the Dec. 3 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

The Hoover High School varsity boys’ basketball team routed visiting Rosemead, 76-29, in a nonleague game on Wednesday.
James Akerman amassed 27 points, including four 3-pointers, while Zack Van Patten poured in 19 points with a pair of threes. Justin Herrera registered 10 points while Kyle Arakelian and Jason Santiago each scored four points. Hagop Demirjian sank a 3-pointer, Aramais Melkonyan added three points, and Jenghiz Van Patten and Grigor Ghazaryan each had two points.
Hoover finished competing in the San Gabriel tournament last Saturday, ending with a 66-55 victory over Apple Valley while snapping a two-game losing streak. Zack Van Patten amassed 26 points, seven assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block, Akerman racked up 20 points, four boards, three steals and two assists, and Demirjian poured in 15 points on five threes with two steals, two assists, two rebounds and one block. Jenghiz Van Patten registered three points, 16 boards, four assists, one block and one steal, while Melkonyan finished with two points, eight rebounds, one block and one assist. Arakelian collected two boards and one block, while Santiago and Ghazaryan each had one rebound.
The Tornados lost a tournament game against Castaic, 60-53, last Friday, as Akerman led with 19 points, including three 3-pointers, while adding six rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. Jenghiz Van Patten registered a double-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal, while Zack Van Patten racked up 15 points with five assists, five boards, one block and one steal. Demirjian drained a pair of threes with two boards, one block and one assist, while Melkonyan scored three points with four rebounds and two assists. Arakelian finished with four boards and two assists while Santiago had a pair of rebounds.
Hoover previously lost a tournament game against Salesian High of Los Angeles, 72-60. Zack Van Patten amassed 25 points with four rebounds and four assists, while Akerman tallied 20 points, four boards, two assists and one steal. Jenghiz Van Patten finished with eight points, 13 rebounds, two steals and one block, while Herrera registered seven points, four assists and one board. Arakelian recorded nine rebounds and three assists, while Ghazaryan had two boards and one assist.
The Tornados (3-4 overall) will visit Monrovia for a nonleague game on Monday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m., before hosting Muir High of Pasadena in their Pacific League opener on Friday, Dec. 9.


The Falcons won their fourth straight game by crushing North Hollywood, 87-49, in a North East Valley Tournament game on Wednesday.
Senior Armen Yetenekian racked up 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists, sophomore Vaughn Zargarian recorded 14 points and five boards, and senior Sebastian Tahmasian poured in 14 points. Junior Vatche Hairapetian scored nine points, senior Mikail Grigoryan registered eight points and four rebounds, and sophomore Julius Washington finished with seven points, eight boards and five assists.
Crescenta Valley routed Sherman Oaks CES of Reseda, 67-17, in a tournament game on Tuesday. Yetenekian and Washington each racked up 14 points and six rebounds, Grigoryan scored 12 points, and Zargarian posted 10 points and three boards.
The Falcons previously won a lopsided tournament game over Poly High of Sun Valley, 87-36, as Grigoryan led the team with 18 points. Yetenekian registered a double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, while Washington finished with 17 points and five rebounds. Tahmasian scored 15 points, while Zargarian tallied 11 points.
CVHS (5-2 overall) will open Pacific League play by hosting Burbank on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.


The Nitros lost a nonleague game against visiting El Toro High of Lake Forest, 70-60, last Tuesday.
Senior Dior Pierre and junior Christian Pierre each racked up 17 points, while junior Mika Petrosian scored nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Senior Tino Zadorian sank a pair of threes, junior Haig Jivalagian finished with six points and sophomore Josh Ballard had five points, including a field goal from behind the arc.
Glendale (2-4 overall) will visit Pilibos High in Los Angeles for a nonleague game on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m., before opening Pacific League action at Burroughs High in Burbank on Friday, Dec. 9.

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