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CV takes 6th at first-ever home tourney
Embarrassed by its first-half performance, Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team upped its energy and aggression.

The Hawks trimmed a 27-point deficit to three before falling 59-51 to Brookside Christian in the fifth-place game of CV's first-annual home tournament on Thursday in Ceres.

"I thought we were going to win," Hawks senior point guard Camron Thornton said. "We got a little tired at the end and made some mistakes. We were still trying hard."

Thornton had 14 points for the Central Valley, which dropped to 5-9 on the year.

Miguel Rodriguez scored a team-high 16 points.

Jaron Dickson, Diego Sanchez, Hawk Duarte and Jordan Sek collected eight, six, five and two points, respectively.

Central Valley trailed 39-12 at halftime. The Hawks missed 34 of 39 shots from the field, including 15 straight in the second quarter.

"We came out soft and not ready to play," said Thornton, who watched Central Valley's B-team suffer a hard-fought 52-44 loss versus Brookside Christian on Wednesday. "We underestimated them. We expected to blow them out."

The Hawks had runs of 17-0 and 5-0 while outscoring Brookside Christian 22-2 in the third period.

Rodriguez, Thornton, Dickson and Sanchez tallied eight, seven, five and two points, respectively.

"It was vice-versa in the second half," Thornton said. "We played like we wanted to win. We wanted it more."

Miguel's 3-pointer cut the deficit to 47-44 with 4:37 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Brookside Christian accounted for 12 of the game's final 19 points to secure the victory. Central Valley committed five turnovers down the stretch.

"I'm not satisfied but I'm not disappointed," Thornton said. "He (coach Darryl Dickson) was happy with our performance in the second half. His speech at halftime helped us get it together. He was calm. We were more aggressive with the ball. We played with heart."

The Hawks compiled a 1-2 record at their home tournament.

Central Valley edged seventh-place Sierra Ridge Academy 48-46 on Wednesday.

Thornton scored a team-high 16 points.

Dickson, Rodriguez and Sanchez had nine, eight and seven points, respectively.

Duarte, Sek, Edgar Urbieta and Cristian Chavez all contributed two points.

Tournament-champion Hug High of Reno roughed up the Hawks 85-40 on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Rodriguez led the Hawks in scoring with 13 points.

Ja'Quan Gardner, a star running back on Central Valley's varsity football team, totaled 11 points

Thornton, Duarte and Urbieta chipped in with eight, four and two points, respectively.

Sanchez and Milton Uti both had one point.

The Hawks fell behind 30-6 in the opening quarter.

Central Valley will begin the Western Athletic Conference portion of its 2011-12 schedule this week.

The Hawks will play host to Livingston today and Patterson on Friday at 7:30 p.m.