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Disappointing effort
Head coach Darryl Dickson benched several of his starters for the entire fourth quarter of Central Valley's 67-43 loss to Bret Harte in varsity boys basketball on Tuesday, Dec. 22 in Ceres.

"I didn't like the effort," Dickson said. "It's very frustrating. They're the ones who have to lead the way."

The Hawks' talented trio of Brian Blunt, Greg Mathews and David Griffin managed to score just a combined 20 points. Blunt had 10 points. Mathews and Griffin collected five points each.

Central Valley teammates Sunny Moun (10), Hector Jacobo (four), Salinder Singh (three), Ryan Sander, (two) Nate Villegas (two) and Cristian Gil (two) accounted for the rest of Central Valley's points.

The Bullfrogs had three players score in double figures: Matt Brechtel (16), Martin De Anda (14) and Jackson Gates (11).

The Hawks suffered a major collapse following a very competitive first half.

Bret Harte outscored Central Valley 35-12 after intermission. The Hawks tallied just six points in each of the final two quarters.

"We just weren't hustling enough," Mathews said when asked why he was relegated to the bench along with Blunt and Griffin. "It should make us work harder."

Moun, Sandner, Jacobo, Villegas, Gil, Jamal Wessinger and Kyle Mountain all received an extended amount of playing time against Bret Harte.

"I put the younger guys in," Dickson said. "At least they were trying."

Central Valley dropped to 1-9 on the year.

Bret Harte improved to 6-4.

"This was our last game before league," Dickson said. "We laid an egg. We're underachieving right now. I don't know why."

The Hawks will open the Valley Oak League portion of their schedule with home games against Lathrop (Tuesday) and Weston Ranch (Wednesday) this week.