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Hawks open season with 58-44 loss
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Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team opened its season with a 58-44 loss to Los Banos on Tuesday, Nov. 20 in Ceres.

"It's the first game," junior guard Trevor Mew said. "We knew we were going to have some mistakes. We just got to come back strong next week. We can't get down. We got to get everybody on the same page. We got a lot of games ahead of us."

Mew buried four 3-pointers on his way to scoring a team-high 12 points for the Hawks (0-1). Yama Noorzai had 10 points, including two treys. Brian Blunt, Chris Beleele and Tony Marques tallied nine, six and three points, respectively. McLeod and Robert Morgan contributed two points each.

Nick Gutierrez paced the Tigers with a game-high 13 points. Tony Faria, Andre Jones, Phil Etcheverry and Tory Jones chipped in 12, eight, six and five points, respectively.

"We talked about three things before the game," Hawks head coach Darryl Dickson said. "Our effort, our plays and our defense. The second half we didn't do those things."

Central Valley led 26-24 at the break.

The Tigers outscored the Hawks 34-18 in the second half, including 18-7 in the third quarter.

"The effort just wasn't there," Mew said. "We weren't listening to the coaches. We were doing our own thing."

Added Dickson: "They played harder than we did. The positive part is we had a good first half."

Central Valley struggled after Los Banos adjusted its defense from man-to-man to zone.

"They took the 3-pointers away. And we didn't adjust," Dickson said. "We didn't go inside. We just didn't execute our plays. We weren't patient. We're a much better team than that."

The Hawks were also plagued by foul trouble as Noorzai and Marques were relegated to the bench with five apiece, and Mew and McLeod each picked up four.