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Hawks put up a fight on court
Six-foot-tall Jordan Sek thrilled Central Valley High School varsity boys basketball fans when he won the opening tip versus Central Catholic 6-foot-9 standout John Fenton.

Sek also accounted for the first basket of Friday's Western Athletic Conference showdown with the Raiders. Jordan soared above the rim for a two-handed alley-oop layup.

The Hawks challenged the defending WAC champion Raiders for most of the opening half before sputtering.

Central Catholic pulled away for a 61-48 victory over Central Valley Friday night in Ceres.

"Everyone was way to amped up," Hawks head coach Darryl Dickson said. "The energy and enthusiasm is good. But you have to control it. We didn't. If we kept our composure, we would have been in the game. We learned a good lesson. I think we can go to their place and give them trouble. They're definitely beatable."

Central Valley dropped to 2-3 in the WAC standings.

Second-place Central Catholic improved to 4-1 in conference play.

Third-place Central Valley had just one player reach double figures in scoring against the Raiders.

Ryan Donnelly tallied a team-high 10 points.

Diego Sanchez added nine points.

Sek collected six points.

Jaron Dickson and Kendel Johnson both contributed five points.

Manuel Garcia, Abraham Navarro and Kenneth Padilla all scored three points.

Parker Griffin and Juan Manriquez chipped in with two points apiece.

Central Catholic's Jonathan Boddie led all scorers with 16 points.

Donovin Townsend, Jake Bland and Terrell Elder totaled 11, eight and seven points, respectively.

Fenton had nine points.

Central Valley shot just 26 percent from the field and 38 percent (6 of 16) from the free-throw line.

The Hawks were also assessed four technical fouls.

Central Valley outscored Central Catholic 11-10 in the first quarter.

The Raiders more than doubled the Hawks' scoring output (26-11) in the second quarter. Central Catholic's Nate Loya, a former Ceres Cowboys youth football player, tallied six straight points.

"I wrote on the board before the game 'We must keep our composure,'" coach Dickson said. "We didn't. We beat ourselves. I'm not upset. It was a good effort. We still have an outside chance at the playoffs."

Central Valley will play at Ceres High on Wednesday (7:30) and Patterson on Saturday (5 p.m.).

The Hawks will host Los Banos on Friday (7:30 p.m.).