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Hawks falter after hot start
The last time Central Valley's and East Union's varsity boys basketball teams played, the visiting Lancers escaped with a 55-52 victory after completing a three-point play off a steal in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter.

The Valley Oak League rematch didn't go down to the wire as East Union imposed its will in the middle periods and held on for a 60-53 homecoming win Friday night at the Dalben Center.

"The kids did a pretty good job battling back," Hawks assistant coach Ryan Edwards said. "We were down by 18 points at one point."

The Hawks (4-21 overall, 2-12 VOL) lost despite receiving solid contributions on the offensive end from David Griffin, Brian Blunt, Camron Thornton and Jamal Wessinger.

Griffin led Central Valley in scoring with 15 points.

Blunt, Thornton and Wessinger added 13, nine and seven points, respectively.

Tyler Bylow and Teejay Gordon had 15 points apiece for the Lancers (12-12, 7-7). Robert Vaughn and Ricky Inderbitzin tallied 14 and eight points, respectively.

The Hawks actually led by one point, 20-19, at the end of the first quarter. Blunt buried three treys, including one from beyond NBA range.

"Everybody was pumped up," Edwards said.

But the excitement didn't last long.

East Union outscored Central Valley 30-19 in the middle periods.

The Hawks mustered just six points in the second quarter.

"We got stagnant when they went into a zone defense," Edwards said. "We couldn't get anything going inside. The kids were getting frustrated because of missed call."