Kadin Manor and Yoshi Kumar both filled key roles on Central Valley’s varsity boys basketball team this past winter.
Manor and Kumar were both rewarded for their outstanding play during the Central California Conference year-end head coaches’ meeting on Feb. 25 in Merced.
“They worked hard all year long,” Hawks’ leader Mike Rodriguez said.
Manor, a senior guard, was selected to the CCC Second Team.
“I was a role player junior year. This year, I became a leader. I just wanted to be there for my teammates and get them more involved. I didn’t set any goals for myself.”Kadin Manor
“It’s a good accomplishment,” Manor said. “I was a role player junior year. This year, I became a leader. I just wanted to be there for my teammates and get them more involved. I didn’t set any goals for myself.”
Manor averaged 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.0 assists per game.
He led Central Valley in scoring and 3-pointers made.
“He wasn’t afraid to take the big shot and make the big play,” Rodriguez said. “Someone will have to step up and fill that role next year.”
Kumar, a sophomore center, was an honorable-mention pick.
He averaged 5.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
He led the Hawks in rebounds and steals.
Kumar’s late-game heroics propelled Central Valley past host Merced, 59-57, on Jan. 27.
He broke a 57-57 tie by making two free throws with 2.1 seconds left in regulation.
Kumar totaled 13 points.
“Yoshi did a really good job this year,” Rodriguez said. “We fed off him because he’s a high-energy guy. He does all the dirty work.”
Youth-laden Central Valley placed last in the CCC standings.
The Hawks compiled a 2-10 record.