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Hawks battle first-place Buffaloes
Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team did just about everything right in building a commanding 15-3 lead in the early going of its Valley Oak League showdown with Manteca on Wednesday in Ceres.

The first-place Buffaloes evened the score at 15-all at the end of the opening period and pulled away for an 86-75 victory over the upset-minded Hawks.

"It's frustrating," Central Valley senior sharpshooter Trevor Mew said. "We were doing what we were supposed to do. Then, we started running with them and playing their up-tempo style, instead of slowing things down. We just made too many mistakes. We allowed them to penetrate and get easy baskets."

Mew accounted for seven of the Hawks' 14 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 25 points. Freshman Keymonte Wooten made four treys on his way to tallying 22 points.

Kiwi Gardner, Wooten's older brother and a sophomore point guard at Manteca High, poured in a game-high 28 points. Nick Scheible and Ernie Pimentel added 27 and 16 points, respectively.

Central Valley squandered a 12-point lead in the first quarter and trailed 36-34 at halftime.

The Buffaloes outscored the Hawks 24-13 in the third quarter.

East Union 54, Ceres High 41

Marcus Hilgen had 15 points, Lance Hunter 10 and Justin Canatsy six during the visiting Bulldogs' loss to the Lancers Wednesday night. East Union (2-8) swept the season series against Ceres High (1-9).

Martino Bertolotti and Tony Bradford contributed five and four points, respectively, for the Bulldogs, who fell behind 15-5 in the opening period and never recovered.

Tyler Bylow scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Lancers. Larry Molina and Ricky Inderbitzin added 10 and eight points, respectively.

Ceres High shot just 50 percent (10 of 20) from the free-throw line during the VOL game.