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Hawks avenge loss
Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team lost 57-52 to Orestimba in the finals of the Gustine Tournament on Dec. 4.

The Hawks were embarrassed, 61-31, at Oakdale on Monday, Dec. 13.

Central Valley showed a lot of resiliency when it beat Orestimba 69-57 in non-conference play on Tuesday, Dec. 14 in Ceres.

"That win is a credit to them," Hawks head coach Darryl Dickson said. "We made a commitment to play better basketball. I'm proud of all 10 guys. That's the best game we've played this year by far."

David Griffin poured in 14 of his program-record 36 points in the first quarter for Central Valley. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior also made three treys. He totaled just four points against Oakdale.

Hawk teammates Miguel Rodriguez, Sunny Moun, Hector Jacobo, Camron Thornton and Jamal Wessinger added nine, eight, six, five and four points, respectively.

Central Valley buried seven 3-pointers and converted 12 of 16 free throws.

"I didn't know I scored that many points until somebody told me after the game," Griffin said. "I wasn't really paying attention. I'm just happy that we got the win. We played good defense and offense. We ran our plays the way we were supposed to. Everybody did a great job."

Central Valley outscored Orestimba 23-11 in the fourth quarter, including 9-0 in the closing two minutes.

Griffin had nine points.

Moun, Jacobo, Rodriguez and Wessinger contributed five, four, three and two points, respectively.

Sunny's 3-pointer gave the Hawks a 65-57 lead with one minute to play.

Jamal and Hector both made a pair of free throws in the final 35 seconds.

"We went into the game very focused," Griffin said. "Everybody tried a lot harder because we lost to them in the championship game at the Gustine tournament."