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Hawks third in Newman
Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team had a productive outing at the Orestimba tournament last week in Newman.

The Hawks posted a 2-1 record on their way to a third-place finish.

"The kids are playing hard," head coach Darryl Dickson said.

Central Valley took control in the opening period and held on for a 64-53 win over Orestimba in the third-place game on Wednesday.

All-tournament selection David Griffin scored a team-high 20 points.

Camron Thornton, Hector Jacobo, Miguel Rodriguez, Nate Villegas and Jamal Wessinger tallied 16, nine, eight, seven and four points, respectively.

The Hawks outscored the Warriors 24-15 in the first quarter. Central Valley made five 3-pointers, including three by Thornton and one by Rodriguez and Villegas.

"We moved the ball around pretty good and we knocked down shots," assistant coach Mike Rodriguez said. "Him (Camron) getting off to a hot start really helped us."

The Hawks have won two of three games against the Warriors this season.

Central Valley lost 65-58 to Denair in the semifinals on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

Thornton shouldered the scoring load with 20 points.

Rodriguez, Griffin, Wessinger and Villegas collected 16, 11, seven and two points, respectively.

The Hawks trailed by as much as 17 points in the first half.

Central Valley cut the deficit to three after intermission.

"We had more than 20 turnovers in the game," Dickson said. "That really hurt us."

The Hawks won their opening-round contest with Hilmar, 49-41, on Monday, Dec. 20.

Thornton tallied 14 points.

Griffin, Villegas, Wessinger, Rodriguez and Sunny Moun contributed 13, seven, five, four and three points, respectively.

Central Valley (9-7) has already tripled its win total from the previous season.

Griffin, Thornton and Wessinger have all played major roles.

"I enjoy working with this group," Dickson said. "Everyone is really dedicated. We have really good team chemistry. It's been exciting so far."

The Hawks close out the preseason with a home game against Escalon on Jan. 3. The non-league affair will begin at 7:15 p.m.