Jaron Dickson doesn't lack confidence.
"I'm calm in game-time situations," he said. "I want the ball. I trust myself to make it."
Dickson broke two school records during the Central Valley High School varsity boys basketball team's 84-81 season-opening win against host Tracy on Friday.
Jaron poured in 43 points.
He made nine 3-pointers.
"It's the best high-school game I've seen him play to date," said Darryl Dickson, Jaron's father and head coach. As his dad, it was awesome to see. He was in the zone. The scary part for us is he's only a junior."
"I didn't do it by myself," Jaron said. "My teammates definitely helped me. I got to give credit to them. My dad also had great play calling."
Ryan Donnelly added 12 points while being slowed by foul trouble. He made all 10 of his free throws.
Milton Uti, Kendel Johnson and Juan Manriquez had seven, six and four points, respectively.
Parker Griffin and Alexis Villa both contributed three points.
"It's a very good start to the season," Darryl said. "I'm real proud of the guys."
Jaron shot 75 percent (9-for-12) from 3-point range against Tracy.
He made 4 of 6 shots from the field.
Dickson converted just 8 of his 15 foul shots.
"The entire team was happy for Jaron," Darryl said. "They were jumping up and down. Jaron's always been a fighter. He loves competition."
Central Valley roared back from a 14-point halftime deficit.
Jaron hit back-to-back 3-pointers and a pair of free throws late in the contest.
Dickson's second foul shot gave the Hawks a five-point lead.
He buried three treys on his way to tallying 16 points in the first quarter.
"I had to step my game up because our star player got into foul trouble," Jaron said. "I felt like I couldn't miss. I wouldn't have been satisfied if we lost. All I care about is the win."