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Frosh Hawks place third in Atwater tournament
Central Valley High School's freshman boys basketball team imposed its will early and coasted to a 61-42 win over Livingston for third place at the Atwater Tournament on Dec. 29.

Mike Rodriguez, JV head coach, filled in for Trevor Mew. Mew had to sit out the game following his ejection from the Hawks' previous contest.

"We dominated inside," Rodriguez said. "We got easy layups. That was the difference."

Hawk post players Ramon Coral (21) and Manuel Garcia (12) combined for 33 points.

Point guard Robert Preciado scored 11 points.

Central Valley lost 47-32 to first-place Patterson on Dec. 28.

The Hawks allowed too many fastbreak points. "We just weren't getting back on defense," Mew said. "We got outhustled."

Preciado totaled 15 points.

Garcia and Coral chipped in with eight and five points, respectively.

The Hawks faced a 27-9 deficit at the break.Central Valley cut the deficit to 10 in the third period.

"We were making a run before I got tossed out," said Mew, who was assessed two technical fouls. "In my opinion, it wasn't deserved. I didn't do anything wrong."

The Hawks bested Buhach Colony 63-54 in the opening round on Dec. 27.

Garcia had a team-high 17 points.

Preciado, Coral and Inayat Sahota collected 13, 11 and eight points, respectively.

Central Valley compiled a 9-4 record during the preseason.