School's AAU boys basketball team capped off the 2014 season with a fifth-place showing at the Jam On It Academy West Coast Nationals this past month in Las Vegas.
"It wasn't an issue of not being competitive," head coach Darryl Dickson said. "We didn't play as good as we're capable of. We did a little bit better than satisfactory."
The Heat compiled a 2-3 record en route to capturing the consolation title at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 16-team event was staged, July 17-20.
"Overall, it was a successful spring and summer season," said Dickson, whose team had a 25-9 overall mark. "We won a lot of games. We finished first at a couple of tournaments. We'll be prepared for next year."
Central Valley dropped its first three games in Las Vegas by a combined 12 points, including a 57-55 setback to gold bracket eventual-champion Red Tide of Washington. "It was kind of like we had jetlag even though we didn't fly," Dickson said. "We weren't quite mentally ready to play. Maybe, they were finally tired. It was a long season."
The Heat rebounded with a 3-0 finish to the tournament. Central Valley standout guards Jaron Dickson and Daevon Brown averaged 26 and 19 points, respectively.
"When those two are on, we're tough to beat," Darryl Dickson said. "Our goal is to have our bigs (forwards and center) accumulate 35 points and 20 rebounds each game. There were times when we hit that mark. Parker Griffin played solid. We need some help in addition to him."
Central Valley will be vying for its second straight postseason appearance during the 2014-15 school year. Jaron and Daevon will lead the way.