Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team compiled a 3-2 record while battling non-conference opponents in recent weeks.
The Hawks improved to 6-3 overall after beating Bear Creek 58-50 on Friday in Ceres.
"It was our best game of the year," Central Valley head coach Darryl Dickson said. "We outrebounded them and they have three kids who are 6-6."
Hawk Gurshan Chahal scored a team-high 22 points against the Bruins.
Harinder Sidhu drained four treys and totaled 16 points.
David Glukhovskiy, Jaspreet Singh and Oso Fregoso tallied eight, six and five points, respectively.
Erik Mejia had one point.
Central Valley led 34-22 at the break.
The Bruins outscored the Hawks 28-24 in the second half.
"It was close until the end," Dickson said. "We actually played a really good game."
Central Valley battled back from a 17-point deficit before losing 72-56 to host Tracy on Dec. 14.
"Turnovers cost us," Dickson said. "We made some mistakes."
The Hawks had three players score in double figures.
Glukhovskiy, Chahal and Sidhu collected 18, 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Sophomore David Serrano totaled four points.
Mejia, Nathan Perine and Simron Singh finished with three points each.
Jaspreet Singh contributed two points.
Central Valley took a 51-50 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs outscored the Hawks 22-7 the rest of the game.
"They made some clutch shots," Dickson said. "We shut down defensively."
Central Valley finished in fifth place at the Dec. 10-12 Stoneberger Tournament at Brentwood's Liberty High School.
The Hawks won two of three games on their way to claiming the consolation championship.
Central Valley dropped its tournament opener 65-43 to San Leandro on Dec. 10.
Central Valley topped Tennyson 66-46 on Dec. 11.
Central Valley bested Kennedy 62-57 on Dec. 12.
"I really felt we had an opportunity to be in the championship side of the bracket," Dickson said. "But we lost to San Leandro. Overall, we did okay. Our lack of experience showed. We've been starting four juniors and one sophomore."