Focused on the task at hand, Central Valley High School's junior-varsity boys basketball team dismantled visiting Ceres High 68-22 last Friday.
"It's always exciting to beat Ceres High," Hawks head coach Jordan Dickson said. "The kids grew up together. That's what makes it special."
The Hawks (13-5, 4-1) remained in a first-place tie atop the Western Athletic Conference standings with Central Catholic.
The Bulldogs dropped to 1-19 and 0-6.
"It doesn't matter who we're playing," Dickson said. "We give that same championship effort every time we step on the court."
Nine different players scored for Central Valley, including Reuben Rodriguez (12), Ravinder Singh (nine), Simron Singh (nine), Moses Ghiorso (nine), Lorenz Johnson (eight), Nathan Perine (seven), Shan Chahal (six), David Glukhovskiy (five) and Dylan Robbins (three)
Martin Reyes tallied a team-high 10 points for Ceres High.
Xavier Mendoza netted six points.
Jacob Martinez and Cole Silva collected two points each.
Ulises Diaz and Harman Bansal finished with one point apiece.
The Hawks led 34-7 at halftime.
Central Valley outscored Ceres High 29-11 in the third quarter.
"I challenged them to win every quarter and that's what we did," Dickson said. "We want to send a message to every team that we play."