BURBANK — Behind a near triple-double effort from senior center Arthur Terzyan, the Glendale High boys’ basketball team punctuated its great start to the season with a trophy on Friday evening.
Terzyan hit eight of 14 field goals in scoring 19 points and tallying 12 rebounds, eight assists and five blocks in leading the Nitros to a 69-58 win over Hollywood High in the third-place game of the Burbank Varsity Holiday Tournament at Burbank High.
Glendale (3-1), whose lone loss in the four-game tournament came against small-school powerhouse Village Christian on Tuesday, led by as many as 13 points before seeing its advantage trimmed to 54-47 with 5:09 left in the fourth quarter after a four-footer from senior center Manuel Valencia.
Seemingly on cue, the Nitros went inside to the 6-foot-8 Terzyan, who helped spur a game-clinching 10-0 run that began with a jumper from junior forward Tyler Lousararian.
That bucket was followed by a pass inside to Terzyan, who collected an assist when teammate Stephan Arakelyan buried a three-pointer after a kick-out to put Glendale up, 59-47, with 3:58 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Not yet done, Terzyan picked up a block on Hollywood’s next offensive series and then again dished to junior guard Eric Kirakosian for a jumper with 3:34 remaining that put the Nitros ahead, 61-47.
“This was my frustration game. I didn’t play as well as I would have liked in this tournament,” Terzyan said. “I wanted to come out and stop the frustration and do my best and have a great game.”
Terzyan scored 10 of his 19 points in the first quarter as Glendale raced out to a 19-12 lead.
While Hollywood pulled to within 21-17 with 4:57 left in the second quarter on one of two triples from senior guard Val Gazarov (an all-tournament selection), the Nitros closed out the quarter on a 13-4 run highlighted by a buzzer-beating three-pointer from junior forward Alex Miralis that propelled Glendale to a 34-21 advantage at the half.
“I know I didn’t play my best, but our team played its best ball and that’s all that matters,” said Miralis, who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Miralis’ last-second shot was part of theme for Glendale, which also received a quarter-closing three-pointer from Arakelyan (10 points) before the end of the third that stemmed a run by the Sheiks (2-2) while giving the Nitros a 49-39 advantage.
Part of Glendale’s success Friday came from its balance as the team had four scorers in double-digits, including 10 points from Kirakosian, who was named to the all-tournament team.
“Credit our guys because that Hollywood team was really athletic and skilled,” Snodgress said. “I was really impressed that every time they made a run, we answered.”