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General excellence merits Crescenta Valley High's Patten Pacific League acclaim

Basketball: Falcons forward is named Pacific League's co-Player of the Year while Shawn Zargarian is coach of the year.

March 19, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High senior forward Eric Patten was named the Pacific League's co-Player of the Year. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High senior forward Eric Patten was…

In a year in which the Pacific League boasted quite a few talented individuals, senior Eric Patten and his Crescenta Valley High boys’ basketball team shined as brightly as anyone.

The Falcons forward was rewarded for his and his team’s success as Patten was named the Pacific League’s co-Player of the Year, along with Pasadena High’s Ajon Efferson, while coach of the year honors were bestowed on Crescenta Valley’s Shawn Zargarian. Hoover and Glendale also claimed their own accolades on the recently-released league awards.

“It’s really cool to share the award with Ajon,” Patten said. “I don’t think there were two players in the league who were more deserving. Maybe I got lucky, but this was a great season.”

Patten averaged a team-leading 18.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in leading the Falcons to a 20-9 overall record and a 12-2 mark in league, which tied the Falcons with Pasadena for a co-league title.

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The crown was the first for Crescenta Valley since 2004 and advanced the Falcons as the league’s No. 1 seed in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs, where they fell to formidable Orange Lutheran, 59-49.

“To do something that hasn’t been done in 10 years is amazing,” said Patten, who is putting college on hold in pursuit of a Mormon mission this fall.

Crescenta Valley’s run to a title is remarkable considering the team was 3-2 in league after a defeat at Pasadena, 65-57, on Jan. 17.

From that point on, however, the Falcons closed out the regular season with a nine-game winning streak that included wins over Burroughs and Pasadena (who had both beaten the Falcons previously) and was capped by a 56-47 win at Arcadia in the season finale that clinched a share of the elusive league title.

In leading the Falcons to a title, Zargarian took home the league’s highest coaching accolade.

“Because that award comes from other coaches within the league, it’s a great honor,” Zargarian said. “I wish I could share that award with the guys on my staff because without them this program wouldn’t be where it is today.”

The Falcons and Tornadoes both had a player named to the Pacific League’s first team in Crescenta Valley senior guard Eric Bae and Hoover senior guard Teo Davidian.

Bae averaged nine points and 3.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 37% from behind the arc.

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