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CV boys lose starter to suspension
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Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team will be forced to play shorthanded today when it travels across town to face Ceres High.

Starter Hector Jacobo was suspended one game after he was ejected for throwing a punch in the fourth quarter of Friday night's 56-42 loss at Los Banos. Annoyed by an opposing player's aggressive play and trash talk, Jacobo lashed out.

"It's completely Hector's fault," Hawks head coach Darryl Dickson said. "He admitted he lost his cool."

Central Valley and Los Banos combined to shoot 63 free throws during the physical affair.

The Hawks made 22 of 31 fouls shots.

The Tigers shot 63 percent (20 of 32).

Central Valley trailed Los Banos by just three points after the opening eight minutes.

Everything that could go wrong for the Hawks in the second quarter did.

Central Valley fell behind 31-17 and never recovered as the Tigers won their homecoming game. The Hawks committed 20 turnovers.

"We haven't done a good job of making each possession count," Dickson said. "We just lack that killer instinct."

David Griffin tallied a team-high 16 points for the Hawks, who dropped to 10-11 on the year an 1-3 in the Western Athletic Conference standings. Camron Thornton added seven points. Jacobo scored five points.

Jalen Bourbon had a game-high 24 points for Los Banos (12-9, 3-2).

Central Valley and Ceres High will battle at 7:30 p.m. The host Bulldogs are undefeated in WAC play (4-0).

"They're definitely the team to beat," Dickson said. "They play hard and with passion."