Hoover dominates in win

Akerman scores 27 to lead Tornado boys’ team to 76-29 win.


By David Zakaryan

­James Akerman scored 27 as Hoover’s boys varsity basketball team defeated Rosemead, 76-29, on Wednesday evening.

The win was Hoover’s second in a row, following the loss in its first game against San Marino.

Hoover started off strong, finishing the first quarter with a 13-point lead. The Tornados didn’t cool off in the second quarter at all, as they kept increasing the lead and eventually outscored their opponent by 23 in the second period of the game.

With a confident 49-13 halftime lead, Hoover kept going and rallied its way to a strong victory.

Akerman and Zack Van Patten, the two scoring leaders, combined for 46 points in limited time on the court. Seventeen points out of Akerman’s 27 came in the key second quarter, the most productive quarter of the game.

“It was a good game,” Van Patten said regarding the overall team performance. “We did a good job staying locked in, no matter how big the lead was. I think we just have to move on to the next game and focus.

“James did a great job today on both ends. He shot the ball really well and played efficiently and with energy. He left it all on the court today.”

Akerman himself added: “I think we played a very good game, good defense. Zack had some good passes.”

Hoover’s next game will take place in Blair High School in Pasadena on Friday.