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Glendale High boys' basketball edges rival Hoover

Basketball: Nitros win spirited summer rivalry game against Tornadoes, 63-61.

June 29, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Hoover High's Chris Sarkissian, left, goes up for a layup under pressure from Glendale High's Arthur Terzyan in a 63-61 Nitros win at Glendale Community College.
Hoover High's Chris Sarkissian, left, goes up for… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

GLENDALE — A layup from Glendale High junior Tyler Lousararian as time expired capped a wild back-and-forth contest for the Nitros boys’ basketball team, which knocked off intracity rival Hoover, 63-61, in Glendale Community College Vaquero Classic action Saturday afternoon.

“I think it’s pretty evident that we’re very similar teams in terms of athleticism,” Glendale Coach Steve Snodgrass said. “Hoover beat us for one half and we beat them for one half. Honestly, the only difference was that we made the last shot.”

The Nitros, who were donning throwback Dynamiters jerseys, led, 59-58, when Hoover took possession with 27.7 seconds left in the game.

Glendale appeared to catch a break when junior Alexander Miralis took possession of a loose ball that just slipped out of the hands of a Hoover ballhandler.

Miralis quickly fed teammate Eddie Uluchyan (14 points and five rebounds), who was immediately fouled with 17.2 seconds remaining and with Hoover in the double bonus.

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Uluchyan sank both his free throws to put the Nitros up, 61-58.

What turned out to be Hoover’s final offensive possession actually worked like charm, as junior Chris Sarkissian (16 points and five steals) inbounded to senior Alexander Chinishyan, who brought the ball upcourt, sliced through the lane and kicked to senior Earl Rivera (10 points), who was planted in the left corner.

Rivera caught Chinishyan’s bounce pass and drilled a 22-footer with 6.2 seconds left that knotted the game at 61 and sent both benches into a frenzy.

While one side celebrated and the other was shocked, Uluchyan grabbed the ball from the official and spotted Lousararian streaking down the right side of the court.

Uluchyan chucked a pass to center court that Lousararian caught. The junior guard then raced against the clock with Sarkissian in hot pursuit.

Fortunately for Glendale, Lousararian laid the ball up and in just before the buzzer and ahead of a desperation block attempt by Sarkissian.

Only six seconds after the Nitros’ bench had its hands on its collective heads, there was a mad rush toward Lousararian.

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