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CV JV boys escape with overtime win
Central Valley High School's junior-varsity boys basketball team needed extra time to beat Los Banos.

Athletic guard Maleek Berry made two clutch free throws late in the fourth quarter and back-to-back layups in overtime while propelling the Hawks to a 58-51 win over the Tigers on Friday in Ceres.

"We're going to continue to work hard," Maleek said.

Berry totaled 10 points for Central Valley, which notched its first win of the season in Western Athletic Conference play. The Hawks improved to 1-4 in league.

Hawk teammate Manuel Garcia scored a team-high 18 points.

Juan Manriquez added 14 points.

Waleed Majeed, Tranjit Singh, Kenneth Mesa and Parker Griffin all contributed four points.

"We were all hustling," Berry said. "We worked great as a team."

Los Banos battled back from a 35-25 deficit in the second half. The Tigers missed four of five free throws in the final 90 seconds.

Berry calmly sank a pair of free throws to even the score at 48-all with 30 seconds left in regulation.

"Everybody was pumped," Maleek aid. "That's what got us back in the game. After the first one went in, I was more confident. My heart was beating faster."

Garcia's potential, game-winning shot from near midcourt glanced off the rim as time expired.

Central Valley outscored Los Banos 10-3 in overtime.

Berry's back-to-back layups gave the Hawks a 52-48 with 3:27 to play.

Singh, Garcia and Maheed helped put the game out of reach.

Tranjit made two free throws, Manuel scored inside off a teammate's miss and Waleed converted a layup off a steal in the final two-plus minutes.

Central Valley will be vying for its second league win this week.

The Hawks will host the crosstown-rival Ceres High Bulldogs on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

CHS JV girls lose

Ceres High School's junior-varsity girls basketball team battled until the final seconds ticked off the clock.

The Bulldogs lost 34-14 to Livingston on Thursday and dropped to 1-4 in the WAC.

Tessa Corsaut scored a team-high five points for Ceres High, which converted just 4 of its 20 free throws. Breanna DeLeon had three points. Alyssa Sanchez, Fulu Tevaseu and Larissa Vasquez all contributed two points.

"Everyone is still trying hard," Corsaut said.