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Hawks take 2nd in Galt
Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team had to settle for runner-up honors this past week at the Galt tournament.

The Hawks squandered a 15-point lead en route to a 57-54 loss to Capital Christian in the championship game on Saturday.

"The positive is we made it to the finals," head coach Darryl Dickson said. "The negative is we lost focus and gave it away."

Trevor Mew tallied a team-high 15 points for Central Valley. Deangelo Williams, Robert Morgan, Keymonte Wooten, Paul Sidhu, Chris Beleele and Brian Blunt scored 13, eight, six, five, four and two points, respectively. Ross Henry chipped in one point.

The Hawks led by as much as 12 points in the first quarter against the Cougars.

"The kids played hard and were focused early," Dickson said.

An 18-6 third-quarter run helped Capital Christian turn a 27-20 halftime deficit into a 38-33 lead.

Ahead 54-50 with 20 seconds remaining, the Hawks contributed to their own demise by fouling a 3-point shooter and committing three turnovers. The Cougars proceeded to score seven straight points to steal the victory.

"We weren't focused coming out after halftime," Dickson said. "We didn't protect the ball and lead. We beat ourselves. Our guys have to realize there's 32 minutes of basketball."

The Hawks compiled a 2-1 record at the tournament.

Central Valley won two of three games on its way to a second-place finish in Gustine the previous week.

Mew was a repeat all-tourney selection. The senior guard averaged 14.7 points per contest in Galt.

The Hawks (6-4) have no games this week.

Central Valley will play in the Ceres High tournament, Dec. 29-31.

"Our critical area for this season is we need to value the ball," Dickson said.

Sophomore results

Central Valley High School's sophomore boys basketball squad amassed a 1-2 record at the Los Banos round-robin tournament last week.

First-year player Greg Mathews was named to the all-tourney team. Ryan Sandner finished in second-place in the three-point contest.

The Hawks defeated Livingston 49-22 on Saturday.

"We played our best game of the year, by far, in the third round," head coach Mike Holliday said.