PASADENA — Ever since summer began, Arada Zakarian has shown he's comfortable with his new role on the Glendale High boys' basketball team.
Zakarian knew he had to step up after the Nitros graduated their top two offensive players from last season — center David Yetenikyan and forward Sevan Pogosyan — and he did just that Tuesday in a 47-37 victory over Pasadena Poly in a game at Maranatha High.
"The minute Sevan and David left the gym this spring he's acted and looked like it's his team," Glendale Coach Steve Snodgress of Zakarian, who led all scorers with 24 points. "The leadership came through and the confidence level went up. It's been from day one, he's been consistent and he's really taken a lot of load on his shoulders. This was just another night for him playing really well."
Zakarian said he and his teammate Vahe Aristakessian, who didn't play Tuesday along with Stephan Arakelyn and Ariel Lopez, will be key to next season's success.