SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Needing a spark of its own while being torched by archrival Hoover High on Friday night, the Glendale High boys' basketball team ignited in the second half behind a stunning Tornadoes implosion.
A technical foul called on the Tornadoes early in the third quarter for an overblown reaction to a run-of-the-mill foul, at the time, appeared to be no more than a speed bump for the hot-shooting visitors. Instead, it turned out to be the turning point for a seismic shift of momentum that carried the host Nitros from a double-digit deficit to a 71-58 blowout Pacific League win.
"It was a big turning point because it helped us with two free throws and we had the ball and scored," said Glendale's Anthony Tahmazian, who led the Nitros with 21 points. "At halftime, we noticed how bad we were doing in the first half and we just got pumped up. We wanted to win real bad."