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Hawks open WAC season with split
Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team compiled 1-1 record during the first week of Western Athletic Conference play.

The Hawks topped host Patterson, 51-32, on Friday, Jan. 7.

"We shot the ball exceptionally well in the second half," head coach Darryl Dickson said. "We just executed much better."

David Griffin tallied a team-high 21 points for Central Valley, which improved to 10-9 overall and 1-1 in the WAC standings. The senior forward made 13 of 16 free throws.

Hawk teammates Nate Villegas, Abraham Navarro, Miguel Rodriguez, Hector Jacobo, Jamal Wessinger and Camron Thornton collected nine, seven, five, four, three and two points, respectively.

Central Valley outscored Patterson 31-16 after intermission.

The Hawks lost their WAC opener, 61-40, at Livingston on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

Central Valley beat the Wolves by six points at the Gustine tournament during the preseason.

"We just didn't do a good job at any phase of the game," Dickson said. "You got to give Livingston credit. They played really well."

Rodriguez led the Hawks with 12 points.

Wessinger, Griffin and Edward Martinez chipped in with seven, six and two points, respectively.

Villegas had one point.

Central Valley trailed 31-19 at the break.

The Hawks will host Central Catholic today at 7:30 p.m.