LA CRESCENTA — No more than 10 minutes after the Crescenta Valley High boys' basketball team fell in the championship game of the Falcon Classic on Friday night, Falcons Coach Shawn Zargarian duly listed the reasons as to why his squad fell short.
He made it brief and to the point.
"No. 1, you can't play catch up against a good team," Zargarian said after the Falcons suffered a 78-69 loss to Chatsworth. "You can't come out flat to start the second half and you've got to get defensive stops, which we couldn't get done."
Chatsworth (7-1) held a 51-47 lead entering the fourth quarter and increased the lead to 67-51 just past the midway point of the final stanza. The Chancellors, who won their seventh straight game, limited the Falcons (3-1) to four points in that stretch. The Falcons, who posted tournament victories against South Pasadena, Sun Valley and Antelope Valley, made a late run that fell short.