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Falcons, Nitros net all-league awards

Basketball: Crescenta Valley High, Glendale boys reap rewards for finishing in top half of Pacific League standings, making playoffs.

March 21, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk

In making its strongest run at the Pacific League title in years, highlighted by a signature win over eventual champion Pasadena High, the Crescenta Valley boys' basketball team didn't so much rely on one player to get it done as on a balanced cast of versatile contributors.

The second-place Falcons' all-league selections, as voted on by the league's eight coaches, reflect that, as four of CV's starting five are represented on the first and second team, with a key reserve getting an honorable mention.

Glendale also had the top three players most influential on its third-place finish rewarded along with nabbing the league's top coaching honor.

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Senior center Christian Misi and senior forward Davis Dragovich both made the first team for Crescenta Valley, which carried a bid for a three-way co-title with Pasadena and Muir into its final meeting with the first-place Mustangs on Feb. 7. The Falcons lost that game, which clinched the title for Muir, and appeared to fall to third, but ended up vaulting back into second when Muir had the majority of its league wins vacated because of an ineligible player.

Misi, the league's returning player of the year, led the Falcons (26-6, 12-2 in league) in scoring with 14.8 points per game and in rebounds with 10.5. A 38% shooter form beyond the arc, he also sank the game-winning three-pointer to down Pasadena, 61-60, on Feb. 3 and get the Falcons back into the league-title race.

"Christian just kept getting it done for us all year," Crescenta Valley Coach Shawn Zargarian said. "It was a little tougher for him to get his numbers to where they were last year and I think that had to do with how much attention he drew from last year. Coming back as a league MVP and being first-team All-CIF, I think he drew a lot more double teams and a lot more attention, but he did a good job of making baskets when they mattered."

Dragovich was the Falcons' most versatile weapon at both ends. He averaged 12 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and shot a sturdy 48% from the field.

"I really thought that the key to this team would be Davis," Zargarian said. "Davis was that intangible piece and the reason why we got as far as we did was because Davis really focused in and started playing really well for us.

"You talk about a guy who can score from inside and outside, a guy who can handle the ball, a guy who can defend all five positions, play all five positions and he was our vocal leader."

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