Glendale High boys' basketball searching for
July 25, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Glendale News-Press
BURBANK — As the Glendale High boys’ basketball summer schedule drew to a conclusion in a game with Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies at Burbank High, the Nitros were still left pondering their rotation.
“We’ve got some guys that compete hard and we’ve got some guys who are a little skilled and we’d like to develop. Really, the calculus for us is figuring out what combination [to put on the floor],” Glendale Coach Steve Snodgress said. “You can’t go with all guys who have a little bit of skill, but don’t want to defend, and you can’t go with the sometimes tougher kids who can’t find the bucket.”
In the finale Thursday afternoon against the Knights, the Nitros seemed eager to end their summer on a high note. Glendale scored the last six points of regulation to force overtime before falling, 43-41, on a driving layup in the game’s final seconds.
“The only thing we didn’t want to give up [at the end] is a play at the rim and that is exactly what we gave up to lose the game,” Snodgress said. “Our inability to move laterally and stop people from penetrating has been a problem this summer.”
In the two-minute extra session, the teams traded baskets before SOCES called timeout with 28 seconds remaining. Knights guard Stephen Rocklin took the ball up top and, revisiting a theme throughout the contest, broke his defender down and drove all the way in for the game-winning bucket.
Glendale, which played the game without point guard Eddie Uluchyn, did have one final chance to tie or win, but could not find a quality shot and a last-second, three-point heave didn’t come close.
“It was a very close game, but that last series said it all,” Snodgress said. “We let someone get to the rim and score and then we, instead of attacking back with a chance to tie or win, we got a little tied up.”
The Nitros trailed, 39-33, with under five minutes to go in the second half before they reeled off the game’s next six points. The final two points, which evened the score at 39, came on a layin by Glendale’s Tyler Lousararian that he made possible by a move down the middle of the lane.
Lousararian, who finished with six points, had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but his jumper drew iron as the horn sounded.