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CV boys drop two of three games in Denair
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Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball posted a 1-2 record en route to a seventh-place finish at the Denair tournament last week.

"We're giving games away," Hawks leader Darryl Dickson said. "We're not losing to better teams. That's what's frustrating me as a coach. We're still using our preseason as a learning experience. I thought we'd be past that point by now."

Central Valley's Miguel Rodriguez was an all-tournament selection. The junior forward buried eight treys and totaled 83 points.

"There was some bright spots," Dickson said. "Miguel kicked butt. He's capable of doing that every game. The young guys played well."

The Hawks lost 67-64 to eventual-champion Elliot Christian in the opening round on Thursday.

Rodriguez poured in a game-high 28 points.

Camron Thornton added 21 points.

Diego Sanchez, Ja'Quan Gardner and Hawk Duarte contributed six, four and three points, respectively.

Central Valley trailed by as much as 21 points in the opening half.

The Hawks grabbed a six-point lead late in the game.

"I challenged them at halftime," Dickson said. "We came back but fell apart at the end."

Central Valley lost 58-53 to Argonaut on Friday.

Rodriguez drained six treys on his way to tallying a game-high 28 points.

Thornton collected 13 points.

The Hawks outscored the Mustangs 32-30 in the first half.

Argonaut limited Central Valley to 21 points in the second half, including just two in the third period.

The Hawks routed Cristo Rey of Sacramento 72-56 for seventh place on Saturday.

Rodriguez torched the Saints for 27 points.

Milton Uti collected a career-high 13 points.

Jaron Dickson and Jordan Sek had seven and six points, respectively.

Central Valley (2-5) will play in the Tracy tournament this week.