LA CRESCENTA — It was far from pretty and likely won't be remembered as a classic, but when its all said and done in February, Wednesday's showdown between host Crescenta Valley High and Pasadena may be looked back on as one of the biggest keys to the Pacific League boys' basketball season.
The Falcons and Bulldogs entered the contest as two of the last three undefeated teams in league, but, frankly, didn't look like top contenders for the title right up until the end of the gritty 39-37 affair, which was fittingly decided on a cobbled-together play that resulted in the winning basket on Pasadena's last possession.
"It's so frustrating," Crescenta Valley Coach Shawn Zargarian said after watching his team hold the defending league champions to 22% shooting from the field, only to see his own squad go 11 for 31 (35%) and turn the ball over a devastating 20 times. "You hold a team in the 30s at the varsity level and not pull out a 'W.' We played pretty good defense, they played pretty good defense, it was a battle of one possession and they came up with one big possession."