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Disappointing finish
It was not the type of finish Central Valley High School varsity boys basketball head coach Darryl Dickson envisioned.

Four days removed from knocking off third-place Ceres High 62-60, the Hawks sought to generate a similar type of performance versus heavily-favored Central Catholic last week.

The Raiders celebrated Senior Night with a lopsided 77-41 blowout of Central Valley on Feb. 12 in Modesto.

"We had good practices," Dickson said. "We were a step slow in everything today. It's disappointing. There's never an intensity-level issue when we play Ceres."

Central Valley (6-6) finished fourth overall in the Western Athletic Conference.

Central Catholic (11-1) finished atop the WAC standings.

The Raiders compiled a 2-0 record against the Hawks this year. Central Valley lost 62-45 to Central Catholic on Jan. 18 in Ceres.

"If we beat them, they don't win the championship outright," Dickson said. "They would have shared it with Patterson."

None of Central Valley's players scored in double figures versus the Raiders last week.

Ryan Donnelly had a team-high nine points.

Hawk standout Jaron Dickson was held scoreless.

Jordan Thornton and Ja'Quan Gardner both tallied six points.

Diego Sanchez, Inayat Sahota and Kenneth Padilla all contributed five points.

Manuel Garcia and Jordan Sek finished with four and two points, respectively.

Kendel Johnson added one point.

John Fenton led Central Catholic with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks

Joe Hamilton had 14 points, three assists, two rebounds and one block.

Donovin Townsend tallied 12 points, seven assists, five rebounds and one block.

Jake Bland chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds, two blocks and one assist.

The Raiders accumulated more rebounds (42), assists (23), blocks (12) and steals (eight) than the Hawks.

Central Valley faced a 24-point deficit at halftime.

The Raiders outscored the Hawks 16-5 in the first quarter.

Central Catholic's lead ballooned to 36 points in the third quarter.

"We came out flat," Donnelly said minutes after exiting the visitor's locker room at Central Catholic. "I don't know why. I thought we were going to be able to run with them. They outhustled us."

Central Valley had an overall record of 12-15 this year.

The Hawks fell three wins shy of an out-bracket playoff game. "Expectations were real high," coach Dickson said. "We had seven games where we had the lead late and lost. It's disappointing."

The Hawks could return as many as 12 players next season, including Donnelly, Dickson, Gardner, Sanchez, Sahota, Padilla, Garcia, Sek, Johnson, Parker Griffin, Tranjit Singh and Juan Manriquez

Thornton, Jordan Thornton and Amrit Chahal graduate in June. "We're going to be better next year," Donnelly said. "We'll have a great chance of making the playoffs."

Frosh close out season with 69-51 setback

Central Valley High School's freshman boys basketball team defeated Central Catholic 51-43 at the Buhach Colony Tournament on Dec. 15.

The Raiders exacted revenge by sweeping the Hawks in Western Athletic Conference play.

Central Valley closed out the regular season with a 69-51 loss to Central Catholic on Feb. 12 in Modesto. The Raiders edged the Hawks 51-49 on Jan. 18 in Ceres.

"It's frustrating," Central Valley head coach Jordan Dickson said. "I felt my team was good enough to win. Today, it came down to effort. A loss is hard to spin into a positive."

Central Catholic won the WAC title outright with an 11-1 record.

Central Valley (8-4) placed third.

"It's not where we wanted to finish," Dickson said. "But I'm proud of how each guy developed. We got a lot better."

Hawk Moses Ghiorso collected a team-high 12 points against the Raiders last week.

Jeremi Camarena and Dylan Robbins both tallied nine points.

Camarena made three 3-pointers. Robbins buried one trey.

Ravinder Singh added five points.

Reuben Rodriguez, Nathan Perine and Sunil Saini all contributed four points.

Josh Sidhu chipped in with two points.

Bobby Nieto and Austin Roberts each had one point.

Central Valley struggled mightily against Central Catholic during the third meeting between the two teams.

The Hawks trailed 44-26 at intermission.

"We just didn't execute," Dickson said. "We got flustered."

Ghiorso and Rodriguez both played sparingly in the opening half due to foul trouble.

"It changed the game a little bit," Dickson said. "Those two are the leaders of the group. The others follow them."