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Hawks crush TC in 69-39 outcome
Central Valley varsity boys basketball head coach Darryl Dickson promoted Miguel Rodriguez from JV two games into the preseason.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound power forward buried five treys en route to tallying 17 points as the Hawks crushed Turlock Christian 69-39 in non-conference play Wednesday night in Ceres.

"We needed another big man," Dickson said. "He played with us in the summer and held his own. Mostly likely, he's going to stay up."

Hawk teammates Camron Thornton, David Griffin and Ryan Sander scored 17, 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Central Valley made a season-high 11 3-pointers, including three apiece by Thornton and Sandner.

The Hawks also committed less than 15 turnovers.

"We played like we're capable of," Dickson said. "We do have some 3-point shooters. It's not surprising."

Central Valley outscored Turlock Christian 47-18 in the middle periods.

Rodriguez accounted for 12 of the Hawks' 27 third-quarter points. He hit four 3-pointers.

"They left me open and I made them," he said. "Most of them were set plays. Everybody was shooting good. We executed."

"I've seen him shoot like that at the JV level," Dickson said. "That's why we brought him up."

Central Valley limited Brandon Rogers, Turlock Christian's best player, to just 12 points.

He averaged 34.6 points through the Eagles' first five games.

Rogers had 47 points in a 69-42 win over Stockton Christian on Dec. 6.

"We basically took him out of the game," Dickson said. "We did a good job face guarding him."

Turlock Christian couldn't stop Rodriguez and Co.

"It feels great," said Miguel, who starred at the frosh level last season. "I'm having a lot of fun."

Added Dickson: "He's a quiet kid but turns it on when he plays."