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Crescenta Valley boys' basketball has something to prove

Crescenta Valley Falcons aim to match last season's run to CIF semifinals Friday with a win against visiting Millikan.

February 21, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley's Cole Currie scored a game-high 28 points against Edison in the second round of the CIFSS playoffs.
Crescenta Valley's Cole Currie scored a game-high… (Photo by Libby Cline )

Things certainly changed a lot in a year for the Crescenta Valley High boys' basketball team, but one could hardly tell from how its played this season, particularly in the postseason.

Crescenta Valley will look to do something most everyone — outside of its locker room — would have assumed improbable, if not impossible, Friday night.

“No one would come out and say it, but if you asked teams in our league or people in the area, they would have said we aren’t going to be very good this year,” CV Coach Shawn Zargarian said.

The Falcons, who graduated four starters and six key players in 2012, will host visiting Millikan of Long Beach in a CIF Southern Section Division I-A quarterfinal game at 7 p.m.

A win would put CV in the semifinals for the second year in a row and keep hope of bringing home the ultimate prize.

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“We’re excited, not many people thought we’d be here,” Crescenta Valley point guard Cole Currie said. “We like where we are right now.”

While the Falcons will look to prove they haven’t missed a step this season, they’ll have their hands full with a Rams squad that knocked off fifth-seeded San Clemente, 82-72, Tuesday and is playing well beyond its 12th seed.

Millikan comes into the quarterfinals with a 14-14 record and as the third team out of a tough Moore League that includes Long Beach Poly, Compton and Jordan. The Rams have played well beyond their 12th seed in the playoffs, as one of their key players, Malik Marquetti, became eligible to play about halfway through the season, Zargarian said.

“Since he’s been there they’ve gone 11-3,” he said. “I don’t know that they’re necessarily a No. 12 or 13 seed. I think they’re a very good team that might have been seeded low because of their overall record and where they finished in a tough, tough league. They’re a good team; they’re legit.”

Marquetti, a junior 6-foot-5 small forward, averages a double-double a game with 13.7 points, 10.5 rebounds a game, according to MaxPreps.com. Senior shooting guard Brian Chambers is the focal point of Millikan’s offense, though, averaging a team-high 20.7 points a contest.

The fast-paced Rams, who have five other players averaging at least seven points a game, figure to be a tough defensive assignment for the Falcons.

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