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Fourth-quarter drought dooms Crescenta Valley High boys' hoops versus Pasadena

Basketball: Falcons go 3:37 without a point and fall, 65-57, at Pasadena in Pacific League play.

January 17, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

PASADENA — A three-minute and 37-second scoring drought was the undoing of the Crescenta Valley High boys’ basketball team in Friday’s Pacific League road challenge at Pasadena High.

The Falcons briefly pulled ahead only to surrender nine straight points and fall, 65-57, at Hamilton Gymnasium.

“On the road at Pasadena, you know you get that three-minute drought and that’s it,” Falcons Coach Shawn Zargarian said. “Our kids played with so much effort and heart tonight. It’s one of those locker rooms where it’s tough to get in there and have words for them. It’s one of those game where again, I’m very proud of them, but we just came up short.”

Meetings with Pasadena have determined the top two spots in the league’s hierarchy the last three years. However, that may not be the case this season with Burroughs (5-0 in league) having defeated both the Bulldogs and Falcons this week.

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The goal of staying within a game of the Indians fell through the hands of the Falcons (9-8, 3-2) just as it seemed the squad was surging.

Crescenta Valley trailed, 49-46, after three quarters, but pulled even with defending league champion Pasadena (9-8, 4-1) on a three-pointer from senior guard Eric Bae at 6:49. The Falcons then took their first and only lead of the contest, 51-49, on a layup from Berj Krikorian, who was assisted on a steal from junior guard Kyle Currie with 6:28 remaining.

Krikorian appeared to be fouled on his follow through and came down hard after the make, which led to a small stoppage in time.

Perhaps the break benefited Pasadena, which answered with a game-changing 9-0 run as the Falcons committed two turnovers and missed four consecutive shots, including two threes over their next six possessions during the six-minute drought.

Meanwhile Pasadena received a jumper from senior guard Ajon Efferson, who led all players with 27 points and five assists, and a free throw on the Bulldogs’ next possession to take a 52-51 lead.

Momentum didn’t swing to Pasadena, though, until a thunderous putback dunk from sophomore Tyrek Adams off a missed jumper from Jordan Moses with 4:47 remaining, which put the Bulldogs ahead, 54-51.

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