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First-year Pacheco stuns Central Valley
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The Central Valley High School varsity boys basketball team's stay atop the Western Athletic Conference standings lasted a week.

The Hawks dropped to third place following a 65-54 upset loss to previously-winless Pacheco Friday night in Los Banos.

"It's a really good lesson," head coach Darryl Dickson said.

Central Valley, which routed the Panthers 68-47 earlier this season at the Tracy Winter Holiday Classic, fell to 2-1 in the WAC.

Pacheco improved to 1-2 in conference play.

The Hawks underestimated the Panthers.

"I chewed the guys out during the junior-varsity game," Central Valley head coach Darryl Dickson said. "They were joking around and eating pizza in the lobby. They weren't focused. They were overconfident."

Camron Thornton scored a game-high 22 points for the Hawks. Miguel Rodriguez had 11 points. Diego Sanchez and Jaron Dickson both tallied eight points. Ja'Quan Gardner totaled five points.

Edgar Iglesias scored a team-high 16 points for Pacheco. Lakhan Patel had 10 points. Daniel Marquez and Brandon Shoals chipped in with nine points apiece. Le'Andre Wright

The Panthers made six 3-pointers.

The Hawks buried four treys.

Central Valley hurt itself by committing 28 turnovers and missing 12 free throws.

"I'm really disappointed with the guys," Dickson said. "I'm not happy with their effort. We just kept making a bunch of mistakes. We didn't shoot the ball very well. We didn't come ready to play. It's that simple."

The Hawks trailed 34-27 at halftime.

Pacheco outscored Central Valley 17-8 in the second quarter.

"They were prepared for us this time," Dickson said.

The Hawks twice cut a 10-point deficit to two in the final period.

Down 58-56, Central Valley turned the ball over on three straight possessions.

The Hawks will play at undefeated Central Catholic (4-0) on Wednesday and host to second-place Los Banos (3-1) on Friday.

"It's going to be a true test to show what we're made of," Dickson said. "I don't know how we're going to respond."