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Crescenta Valley boys' basketball taken down in Crenshaw

Basketball: Falcons can't climb out of early hole in state-opening loss on the road.

March 06, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

LOS ANGELES — For the second game in a row, the Crescenta Valley High boys' basketball team found itself in a quick double-digit hole.

Unlike the Falcons' CIF Southern Section Division I-A semifinal game at El Toro, they managed to climb back into serious contention – within two, six and eight points – in their CIF State Division I tournament opener at Crenshaw High.

The result was the same for CV, however, as a handful of poorly timed turnovers helped end its season with an 89-74 loss Wednesday night.

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“We did a good job of putting the last game behind us, but it's hard when you find yourself almost in the same position,” Crescenta Valley Coach Shawn Zargarian said of the 68-38 semifinal loss to El Toro, in which the Falcons trailed by 15 in the first quarter.

The Cougars (20-9) were led by a formidable one-two punch in Micah Winn and Andre Edwards. Winn finished with a game-high 33 points and Edwards was behind him with 21. Winn scored 24 points in the first half and Edwards erupted for 14 over the final 16 minutes.

Crescenta Valley (24-9) was boosted by a team-high 19 points from its senior guard Cole Currie and also benefited from a double-double from junior forward Eric Patten, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

After finding itself down 13 just 4:27 into the game, the Falcons opened the second quarter strong and used an 11-4 run to pull within two, 24-22, with about 4:30 left in the first half.

Winn and Edwards supplied Crenshaw with the next six points, which put the home team ahead, eight with 3:10 left.

CV's Nick Springer (11 points) cashed in a putback to halt the wave of momentum momentarily before a Winn baseline jumper and consecutive Falcons turnovers led to easy Crenshaw buckets. Edwards grabbed a steal and cashed in the layup and then grabbed another one on the ensuing possession, which led to a Winn three-pointer with 1:52 to play to cap another 7-0 Crenshaw run.

“We played scared, you know, because these guys are athletic and we haven't played a team like this in an environment like this,” Patten said of Crescenta Valley's 24 turnovers in the game.

“It felt like every turnover led to a bucket,” Zargarian added.

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