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Falcons record historical win

Erik Boal

PASADENA -- In the span of five days, the Muir High boys’ basketball

team has gone from seemingly invincible to the third-place team in the

Pacific League.

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Inspired by press clippings published earlier in the month, Crescenta

Valley became the third consecutive team to accomplish what was thought

to be an impossible feat just a few weeks ago.

Breaking the Mustangs’ full-court pressure with composure and

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consistency, attacking Muir’srelentless half-court man-to-man defense

with numerous back-door cuts and hitting crucial jump shots down the

stretch, CV executed its gameplan to near perfection Tuesday, resulting

in a 61-56 victory on the road.

“The thing that I’m so proud of as a coach is how well every single

guy executed the gameplan,” said Falcon Coach Adam Jacobsen, whose squad

recorded the program’s first victory at Muir since Feb. 3, 1995.

“But it seems like every time this team is presented with a big

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challenge, they step up, and that’s a very comforting feeling for a

coach.

“But like I told them, ‘enjoy tonight, but come [today] it’s time to

get ready for Glendale [on the road Friday].’ We’re in control of our own

destiny halfway through league and if we take care of business, we should

be right there at the end.”

There had been a number of almosts or shoulda-coulda-wouldas for the

Falcons (15-6, 4-1 in league) since 1995 -- when they won, 69-63, in

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overtime, with Jacobsen’s younger brother, Brock, scoring a game-high 41

points, including seven in the extra period -- but during the final three

quarters Tuesday, it was apparent that CV wasn’t going to fall victim to

another close call.

Jacobsen’s squad rebounded from an early seven-point deficit to go on

a 21-9 run and take a four-point lead into the half.

Then, after the teams traded baskets to open the third quarter, CV

finally broke away and built as much as an 11-point advantage early in

the fourth.

Senior point guard Chris Tarne carried the Falcons for the first three

quarters, scoring 18 of his 19 points on eight-of-11 shooting, and then

let backcourt mate Jimmy Goffredo take over in the final eight minutes.

After struggling to a two-of-11 effort from the field in the first 24

minutes, Goffredo found his rhythm in the fourth, making four of five

shots -- including three three-pointers -- to account for 14 of CV’s 22

points en route to a game-high 23.

“I feel very fortunate to have such great guards who are experienced

in these pressure situatiuons,” Jacobsen said.

“They played with such poise, and if they weren’t making big shots,

they were making big plays.”

Muir (18-3, 3-2) -- the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section

Division IIIA -- trimmed CV’s lead to 55-51 with 1:39 remaining, but

Brendan Couper hit an off-balanced three-pointer to beat the shot clock

on the Falcons’ next possession and, for all intents and purposes, seal

the win.

Couper, Brian Kang, Arin Moradian and Rusty Rivera led an inspired

effort in the paint, amassing 19 points and 22 rebounds against a much

taller Mustang front line.

BOX SCORE

CV*12*13*14*22*--*61

Muir*14*7*13*22*--*56 CV -- Goffredo 23 and 4 assists, Tarne 19 and 4 assists, Couper 7 and

7 rebounds, Kang 6, Moradian 4, Rivera 2 and 8 rebounds.

* Three-pointers: Goffredo 4, Couper, Tarne.

MUIR -- Thomas 15, Davis 10 and 7 rebounds, Hall 9 and 4 steals,

Hollins 9 and 12 rebounds, Dickson 8, Duckworth 5.

* Three-pointers: Thomas 3, Dickson 2, Duckworth.


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