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'Sloppy play' leads to Glendale High boys' basketball's latest defeat

Basketball: Nitros still looking for right lineup, as they fall to Marina, 67-57.

December 20, 2013|By Emin Avakian, Special to the Glendale News-Press
  • Glendale High's Eric Kirakosian dives and slides with the ball (no traveling called) and passes against Marina in the first half of La Caada Holiday Classic boys' basketball tournament action on Friday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Glendale High's Eric Kirakosian dives and slides…

LA CAÑADA —The Glendale High boys’ basketball team dropped its third straight game in the La Cañada Holiday Classic, this time a 67-57 loss to Marina in a pool-play showdown Friday afternoon.

The Nitros never led in the contest, mainly due to problems taking care of the ball. The Vikings used a full-court press throughout to keep Glendale’s offense from getting in sync. Moreover, the Nitros didn’t help their own cause with sloppy play.

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“It was a combination of both,” Glendale Coach Steve Snodgress said. “They had a good press, but we need to be sharper with the ball. There were some tipped passes and we were throwing the ball away. Bad decision-making.”

The Nitros (3-4) will culminate play in the tournament Saturday, as they take on a Pacific League foe Arcadia.

Against the Vikings, Glendale battled throughout, but a couple extended scoring runs did them in.

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The first came in the opening quarter. Glendale trailed, 14-12, on an offensive rebound and put-back from center Arthur Terzyan, but three turnovers on the ensuing subsequent three possessions soon allowed for Marina to end the quarter on a 7-2 run and take a 21-14 advantage after the first eight minutes of play.

Glendale didn’t score until the 4:25 mark of the second quarter. Neither team was potent on the offensive end in the frame, with each team scoring only nine points. Glendale trailed by four at 27-23 late in the quarter and had possession of the ball before a technical foul allowed Marina to close the quarter strong and retake a seven-point lead going into the break.

Terzyan and the Nitros came out strong in the third quarter, hitting their first four field goals. Terzyan was involved with each score, beginning the half with a strong move inside and then assisting on the next three Glendale baskets.

Unfortunately for the Nitros, Marina answered each score with one of its own. Also unfortunate was that Glendale cooled down and didn’t score again until Tyler Lousararian ended the drought with less than a minute remaining in the third.

By then, Marina was on an 8-0 scoring run that ballooned its lead to 15 at 46-31.

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