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Nitros Beat Tornados; Falcons Advance to Playoffs

First published in the Feb. 11 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

The Glendale High School varsity boys’ basketball team concluded the regular season on a two-game win streak after defeating host Hoover High, 69-65, in a Pacific League game last Thursday.
Senior Denzel Lora registered 23 points, senior Dior Pierre scored 18 points, and senior Nico Zadorian poured in 11 points. Junior Christian Pierre finished with eight points while senior Tino Zadorian tallied six points.
The Nitros concluded the campaign sixth in the league standings with a 5-9 record (13-16 overall).


The Falcons defeated visiting Arcadia, 70-55, in its Pacific League finale last Thursday as senior Mikail Grigoryan racked up 24 points, six boards and three assists.
Senior Armen Yetenekian posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds while sophomore Vaughn Zargarian poured in 13 points, including four 3-pointers. Senior Sebastian Tahmasian scored eight points, sophomore Julius Washington finished with six points, junior Derek Najarian recorded four points and five boards, and senior Alex Altounian tallied two points and eight rebounds.
CVHS finished the regular season as league runners-up with a 12-2 record (23-4 overall) while securing a postseason berth.

The Hoover High School varsity boys’ basketball team includes Justin Herrera (front, from left), Jared Castro, Shant Zargarian and Jason Santiago. Back: Mo Shareef, Hagop Demirjian, Zack Van Patten, Kyle Arakelian, Jenghiz Van Patten, James Akerman, Aramais Melkonyan and Grigor Ghazaryan.


The Tornados lost to visiting Glendale, 69-65, in their season finale last Thursday as Zack Van Patten racked up 24 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals.
James Akerman registered 16 points, four boards and one steal, Mo Shareef finished with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal, and Justin Herrera poured in 11 points with one steal and one board. Aramais Melkonyan scored two points with four rebounds and one steal, Jenghiz Van Patten collected seven boards, two assists, one block and one steal, and Kyle Arakelian and Hagop Demirjian had one rebound and one assist, respectively.
Hoover ended the season eighth in the league standings with an 0-14 record (5-20 overall).

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