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Hoover High boys' basketball pushes past rival Glendale

Basketball: Tornadoes shoot well from distance, hustle past Nitros, 69-49.

January 24, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

GLENDALE — While the Glendale High and Hoover boys’ basketball teams entered Friday evening’s city rivalry game as near equals, they certainly excited Hoover’s gym with a gulf between them.

The host Tornadoes shot 50% from behind the three-point line and seemed to come up with all the big hustle plays in a 69-49 Pacific League victory.

“Games go both ways and this one could have went either way,” said Hoover senior guard Teo Davidian, who led all scorers with 24 points, eight rebounds and two steals. “We got a lead early, kept on building and then led by 12 at halftime.

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“I told the guys at halftime, ‘Don’t let down.’ We kept pushing and pushing and before it was over we had a 20-point win.”

Hoover (12-7, 3-4 in league) created two important pushes with the second taking place midway through the fourth quarter, as Glendale (7-12, 2-5) closed to within 51-44 with 4:40 remaining on a pair of free throws from junior forward Alex Miralis (nine points and 13 rebounds).

The Tornadoes countered with their usual up-tempo pace, as junior guard Kevin Nazari sliced through the lane, was fouled by Glendale’s Raffi Jivalagian and sank two free throws to put the home squad back up by nine at 4:24.

A costly Nitros turnover then quickly translated into offense for Hoover when Nazari (11 points and two steals) drained a running three off an assist from Arlen Moradi (nine points) with 3:49 remaining.

The triple carried added significance after a Nitros missed three-point try when Hoover came back downcourt and converted another three-pointer, this from junior guard Chris Sarkisian (12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists) at 3:18 that led to a timeout from Glendale as Hoover led, 59-44.

The scoring sequence seemed to fit the game’s storyline as Hoover hit nine of 18 three-pointers in comparison to Glendale sinking only five of 20 (25%) such attempts.

Hoover eventually outscored Glendale, 10-5, the rest of the way in building its final advantage to 20 points.

“We shot really well from the field and distributed well, too,” Hoover Coach Jack Van Patten said. “In Hoover-Glendale, anything can happen, so you just hope and prepare your team as best as you can. Give them the credit because they executed and played well.”

Glendale 6-foot-8 center Arthur Terzyan officially entered his exploits into that “anything can happen” category late in the third.

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