Pacific, Prep and Mission League basketball ready for action
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Crescenta Valley's Cole Currie returned to lead an otherwise inexperienced Falcons team. (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff Photographer)
COACH: Shawn Zargarian, eighth year.
LAST SEASON: 26-6, 12-2 for second place in league. Lost to Mission Viejo, 65-60, in Division I-A semifinals. Lost to Mater Dei, 66-47, in Division I Southern Regional playoff first round.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cole Currie, senior, guard; Elliot Wilson, senior, forward; Kris Jaborian, senior, guard; Nick Springer, junior, guard; Berj Krikorian, sophomore, guard; Eric Patten, junior, forward.
ZARGARIAN'S QUOTE: “The game experience is not there for us, but talent and ability is definitely there.”
COACH: Garrett Ohara, 14th year.
LAST SEASON: 17-8, 8-0 for first place in league. Lost to Santa Clara, 55-48, in Division V-AA first round.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Robert Cartwright, junior, guard; Jedrick Eugenio, senior, forward; Chadd Cosse, senior, forward, Kareem Ismail, senior, center.
OHARA'S QUOTE: “Virtually 75% of the team is back. It’s going to help us a little bit, knowing that they’ve been in the program and understand the system.”
COACH: Steve Snodgress, 17th year.
LAST SEASON: 14-14, 8-6 for third-place tie in league. Lost to Mission Viejo, 63-39, in Division I-A second round.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Vahe Aristakessian, senior, guard; Arada Zakarian, senior, guard; Rene Saavedra, senior, guard; Arthur Terzyan, junior, center.
SNODGRESS' QUOTE: “We’ve got some big shoes to fill, but we’ve got some guys with experience coming back.”