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Crescenta Valley's Cole Currie was one of best in Pacific League

Basketball: CV guard is co-MVP, while teammate Springer and Glendale's Aristakessian earn first-team honors.

April 03, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Crescenta Valley's Cole Currie was named the co-league player of the year in the Pacific League.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Crescenta Valley's Cole Currie… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

It was Cole Currie’s ability to provide a bucket seemingly whenever the Crescenta Valley High boys’ basketball team needed one that drew the most attention this season.

The Falcons guard averaged a team-high 19.6 points in league games en route to guiding Crescenta Valley to second place in the Pacific League. It also helped Currie cement his place as one of the top players in league, as he named the league’s co-player of the year with Pasadena High’s Andrew Spight.

“That’s what I was working for all summer and into the fall before the season,” said Currie, who also averaged five assists and 4.5 rebounds a league game, of the award, “but I knew if we didn’t accomplish anything as a team we had no chance. I really focused on the team first and trying to win and I figured the rest of the individual accolades would come with the winning.”

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While CV Coach Shawn Zargarian acknowledged Currie’s playmaking ability, what he praised most was what maybe wasn’t clear to those in the stands.

“We knew what he was going to bring as a basketball player,” said Zargarian, whose team finished second in league with an 11-3 record, 23-9 overall, “but the mental toughness and leadership, that stuff carried our team a long way and that’s the stuff I’m not sure a lot of people saw.”

Currie, who was also recently voted the All-Area Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year and named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division I-A first team, knew he’d have to shoulder plenty of responsibility this season as the lone returner who had quality minutes for the Falcons, which made him the focus of every defense he saw this year.

“It’s a challenge each and every game I look forward to,” Currie said. “I have the confidence to know that I didn’t think anybody could shut me down for four quarters, and if they did I knew the guys would step up around me.”

Among the league’s first-teamers was Nick Springer, who was Crescenta Valley’s No. 2, even No. 1 at times, scoring option this season and Glendale High’s Vahe Aristakessian.

After barely touching the floor last year, Springer (13.1 points, 5.3 rebounds a league game) emerged as one of the league’s top players as a junior.

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