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Central Valley boys host four-team, hoops scrimmage
Central Valley High School's basketball program staged a four-team scrimmage on Tuesday, June 21.

"This is good for us because we need the work," Hawks' head coach Darryl Dickson said. "We're inexperienced."

The Hawks battled Ceres High, Johansen and Beyer during the two-plus-hour get-together.

"Overall, the hustle was good," Central Valley point guard Camron Thornton said. "We still need to work on the little things. Turnovers. Executing. Rebounding. Rotating on defense."

Games were played between 1:30-4 p.m.

Thornton and varsity-newcomer Hawk Duarte led Central Valley with 18 points apiece.

Duarte buried six 3-pointers.

Miguel Rodriguez added 12 points.

The Hawks also played in Escalon's summer league last Monday and Wednesday.

"Overall, we're doing okay," Dickson said. "We're making better decisions on offense. We need to improve on our defensive rotation. We got a long ways to go."

"It's good we get a lot of games in during the summer," Thornton said. "It gets us ready for the season. Our confidence level is going up."

The Hawks compiled an 11-16 overall record and tied for last place in the Western Athletic Conference (2-8) during the 2010-11 school year.

"It would mean a lot to be successful," Thornton. "It's what we're all striving for."