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Hawks win first scrimmage of the season
Central Valley High School jumped out to a 14-0 lead and held on for a 62-60 victory over Big Valley Christian in a varsity boys basketball scrimmage on Friday in Ceres.

The Hawks buried nine 3-pointers.

"Not a bad start, but we have a lot to work on," Central Valley head coach Darryl Dickson said. "We need to improve our decision making."

The Hawks were led by starters Robert Morgan, Brian Blunt, Martin Gomez, Deangelo Williams and Chris Beleele.

Morgan scored a team-high 11 points.

Blunt made two treys on his way to tallying nine points.

Gomez finished with eight points, including two 3s.

Williams and Beleele chipped in six and two points, respectively.

Martin didn't play last year because he wanted to focus on baseball. He's a standout pitcher.

"He's been by far the best player in practice," Dickson said. "We want him to keep it up."

Central Valley's Hector Jacobo, Gary Ney, Salinder Singh, Jose Barragan, Ross Henry and Cesar Zavala all contributed off the bench against the Lions.

Jacobo and Ney had eight points apiece. Gary drained two treys.

Singh and Barragan both scored once from beyond the arc.

Henry and Zavela added two points each.

Central Valley outscored Big Valley Christian 14-0 in the opening three minutes. Morgan, Williams, Blunt and Gomez tallied five, four, three and two points, respectively.

The Hawks led 25-23 at the break.

Jacobo sealed the victory when he blocked a Big Valley 3-point attempt from the right wing at the buzzer. He also accounted for four of Central Valley's final six points.

Coach Dickson used a total of 15 players during the contest. He finalized his roster Monday afternoon.

"We have a lot to work on," Morgan said. "We all need to get on the same page."

Added Williams: "It was practice."

Central Valley competed with one noticeable absence in VOL honorable-mention guard Trevor Mew (11.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.8 apg).

The standout quarterback just completed his senior season of football.

"He was run down," Dickson said. "He needed a week off."