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CV boys second at Gustine tourney
Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team placed first at the Gustine Rotary Classic in 2008.

The Hawks returned to the event last week following a one-year absence.

Central Valley had to settle for a runner-up finish after losing 57-52 to Orestimba on Saturday.

"I really felt we gave the game away," Hawks head coach Darryl Dickson said. "We made a lot of mistakes. We need to work on taking better care of the ball."

Central Valley had 26 turnovers.

The Warriors overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half.

Orestimba outscored Central Valley 19-4 in the final period.

Hawk post player and all-tournament selection David Griffin fouled out with six minutes left in regulation.

"It opened up their inside game," Dickson said. "He's a big presence in the middle for us."

Griffin totaled 21 points.

Hector Jacobo, Miguel Rodriguez and Ryan Sandner had 11, eight and six points, respectively.

The Hawks posted a 2-1 record at the Gustine tournament.

Central Valley beat Kimball (59-33) and Livingston (39-33).

CHS boys take 13th

After dropping its first two games at the Modesto City Tournament, Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball team took out its frustration on Escalon and Johansen.

"We had to win," Bulldogs point guard John Dhillon said. "Losing wasn't an option. We stuck together as a team. When everyone gets touches, it's a lot funner. That's how we should play every game."

The Bulldogs defeated the Cougars 66-54 for 13th place on Saturday at Johansen High School.

Ceres High had four players score in double figures against Escalon: Dhillon (20 points), Edgar Lopez (19), Tradarius Haynes (10) and Chris Hilgen (10).

"Outside of the first game, our intensity was high," head coach Brian de la Porte said. "For us, it's about playing hard for 32 minutes. When we do that, we're a good team."

Ceres High dropped into the loser's bracket after suffering a 49-39 loss to second-place Grace Davis in the opening round on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs lost 57-56 to the Golden Valley Cougars on Thursday.

Dhillon made 10 of 11 free throws and finished with 25 points.

Ceres High routed Johansen 64-36 on Friday.

Lopez and Haynes combined for the play of the game midway through the fourth quarter.

Edgar threw the ball off the backboard to Tradarius, who came soaring in for a jam.

Atwal, Dhillon and Haynes shouldered the scoring load with 19, 17 and 14 points, respectively.

"We played with a lot of intensity," John said. "Defense was a big thing."

Ceres High held Johansen scoreless for the final 5:19.

Inexperienced Bulldogs struggle

Ceres High School's new-look varsity girls basketball team compiled an 0-3 record at the Kelly O'Shea Tournament last week in Millbrae.

"We don't have a lot of experience," Bulldogs assistant coach Phil de la Porte said.

Bryce Ford, Ceres High's top returner, logged playing time at multiple positions. The 5-foot-10 sophomore averaged a double-double (13.6 points, 10.0 rebounds).