It was cops versus firefighters Saturday afternoon, but the winners were a bunch of underprivileged Glendale teens.
At the first Hoop Heroes charity basketball game, Glendale firefighters doused the police, 102-73. More than 200 people paid the $5-admission price for the Salvation Army’s after-school program at the Glendale High School gym, and brought cans of food for the pantry.
The crowd appeared evenly split in support of the two teams.
“We’re here for the firefighters, because they are our heroes,” said Vasten Khanjian, who brought his son Zaven to the game to celebrate his recent “straight-A” report card.
Ian and Finley Buckner of Santa Clarita cheered for the police because their father, Jay Woolenport, plays on the police squad.
On the court at home, “We never win,” Ian said.
Attorney Nancy Young favored the firefighters because Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, the mastermind behind the event, is a member of her Rotary club.