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Crosstown basketball showdown staged
CV boys defeat Bulldogs 62-46 in non-conference play
Gage Mastropierro
Gage Mastropierro (10) and Central Valley’s boys basketball team battled Lebron Stallworth and Ceres High on Dec. 9. The host Hawks pulled away for a 62-46 victory. - photo by Photo courtesy of Anthony Gerads

Central Valley secured a split while playing host to crosstown-rival Ceres High in boys and girls basketball.

Central Valley’s boys team topped Ceres High 62-46 in non-conference play on Dec. 9.

“We like to say it’s just another game,” Hawks’ Coach Mike Rodriguez stated. “But it always feels good to get a win against your rival.”

Gage Mastropierro led the Hawks with 21 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

Jomari Ocasiones added 10 points, seven rebounds, five steals and two assists.

Jayson Casias had seven points, five rebounds and two steals.

Andre Flores had six points, four rebounds, one steal and one block.

Alex Prado had six points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Cameron Bradshaw had five points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Andrew Ruiz had three points and one steal.

Jake Olson had two points, three rebounds and two steals.

Manuel Ortega led the Bulldogs with 12 points.

Lebron Stallworth added 10 points.

Adrian Ontiveros had nine points.

Ricky Stanley had eight points.

AJ Brown had five points.

Tarrell Lee-Gill and Xzayvier Martinez both had two points.

Central Valley turned a 10-point deficit into a 27-24 lead in the first half.

The Hawks dictated the pace of the game following a sluggish start.

“I was a little worried early on,” Rodriguez said. “We couldn’t get anything going. We put a little run together right before the half. We got the tempo where we wanted it. We made it a track meet.”

Central Valley forced 33 turnovers during the contest.

“We kept applying pressure,” said Rodriguez. “We made the game chaotic.”

Ceres High also contributed to its own demise by shooting just 25 percent (5 of 20) from the free-throw line.

The Hawks shot 58 percent (14 of 24) from the charity stripe. 

CHS girls win 40-33

Ceres High’s girls team earned a hard-fought 40-33 win while battling Central Valley on Dec. 6.

“For me it’s just another game,” Bulldogs’ head coach Megan McGill said while talking about the crosstown rivalry. “For the girls, it feels more satisfying to win because it’s CV.”

Marissa Renteria led the Bulldogs with 23 points, 10 steals, nine rebounds and one assist.

“She’s an incredible athlete,” McGill said. “She’s really fun to watch.”

Jaleen Melendez totaled 10 points, four steals, two assists and one rebound.

Carmen Espinoza had two points and two steals.

Nehemiah Valenzuela had two points and one assist.

Emma Sexton had two points and one rebound.

Sovannary Carter had one points, three rebounds and one steal.

Aaliyah Nichols led the Hawks with 14 points.

Jennifer Mejia totaled five points.

Makayla Dennison collected four points.

Jannet Valencia and Julyanna Valencia both contributed three points.

Ashley Perez and Delia Vidal finished with two points apiece.

Ceres High led 26-16 at the break.

The Hawks outscored the Bulldogs 17-14 during the second half.

“The girls were really pumped up to play,” McGill said. “There’s always more energy when Ceres High plays Central Valley.”

Ricky Stanley Jayson Casias
Ceres High’s Ricky Stanley and Central Valley’s Jayson Casias scored eight and seven points, respectively, during their crosstown matchup. - photo by Photo courtesy of Anthony Gerads