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Hawks begin Modesto JC summer league play
The Modesto Junior College high school boys summer basketball league tipped off last week.

Central Valley High School played three 40-minute games on Thursday.

Brian Blunt, Gary Ney, Salinder Singh, Jamal Wessinger, Ryan Sandner, Cristian Gil, Sunny Moun, Nate Villegas and Ronald McNeil all logged time on the court for the Hawks, who compiled a 1-2 record.

"It's a lot better than we did at the UOP tournament," Ney said. "We're performing better as a team. We actually executed our plays. All of our practices are paying off."

Central Valley competed without two key players: speedy point guard Keymonte Wooten and athletic forward Greg Mathews.

Mathews was busy playing football as the Hawks hosted Hughson in a 7-on-7 passing scrimmage.

Wooten was absent for unspecified reasons.

"We only have three returners from last year," Ney said. "We don't have that much experience."

Central Valley posted a 46-37 victory over Ripon in Game 1.

Blunt had a team-high 11 points. Villegas tallied eight points. Wessinger and McNeil both scored six points. Gil collected five points. Singh and Moun chipped in with four points each. Ney added two points.

The Hawks accounted for 16 of the game's final 20 points. Seven different players contributed.

"We were outmatched in size, but our hustle made up for the difference," Ney said. "We had a lot of young guys step up. Our big guys were producing. I'm happy."

Central Valley squandered a nine-point lead in the second half of its 55-49 Game 2 loss to Linden.

Singh paced the Hawks with 14 points. Blunt, Wessinger, Sandner and Ney totaled 11, eight, six and four points, respectively. Moun and Villegas finished with three points apiece.

Central Valley showed a lot of fight during its third game, a 68-57 setback to East Union.

Ney poured in a team-high 12 points.

Moun, Gil, Blunt, Singh, Villegas, Wessinger and Sandner scored 10, nine, eight, seven, five, four and two points, respectively.

Teams participating in the MJC summer league include: Central Valley, Ceres High, East Union, Manteca, Oakdale, Beyer, Downey, Enochs, Johansen, Modesto, Pitman, Turlock, Escalon, Hilmar, Ripon, Ripon Christian, Patterson, Riverbank, Denair, West, Calaveras, Linden and Summerville.

The Hawks will play a total of 11 games.

Central Valley dropped three of four contests at the University of the Pacific Tournament, June 5-7.