By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
CV boys elevate their play
Varsity Hawks compile 3-0 record en route to first-place finish at Denair tourney
Parker Griffin scored 20 points in three games for the Hawks last week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School varsity boys basketball head coach Darryl Dickson wasn't being cocky when he proclaimed his team would capture the Denair tournament title.

Dickson made the guarantee in the locker room following Thursday's 63-51 victory over Linden in the opening round.

"I didn't like the way we played even though we won," he said. "I challenged them. I wanted to remind them what our goal was."

The Hawks throttled their next two opponents.

Central Valley defeated Le Grand 75-46 for the title on Saturday.

Tournament-MVP Ryan Donnelly tallied a team-high 13 points.

Juan Manriquez added 11 points.

Parker Griffin and Robert Preciado finish with nine points apiece.

Kendel Johnson and Alexis Villa both contributed eight points.

Edward Calderon, Milton Uti and all-tourney pick Jaron Dickson had six, five and four points, respectively.

Manuel Garcia totaled three points.

Ja'Quan Gardner and Andres Calderon collected two points each.

Central Valley outscored Le Grand 31-7 in the first quarter.

Ahead comfortably, Central Valley's starters watched from the bench during the second half.

"They wanted no part of us," coach Dickson said. "They knew they weren't going to win. You could see it. We didn't play down to the competition. We played hard and got off to a great start. Everyone was focused."

Central Valley topped Turlock Christian 88-63 in the semifinals on Friday.

Donnelly and Dickson combined for 38 points as the Hawks raced to a 61-33 lead in the opening half.

Jaron and Ryan totaled 24 and 23 points, respectively.

Griffin netted eight points.

Kendel Johnson and Manuel Garcia each tallied six points.

Diego Sanchez chipped in with five points.

Manriquez and Andres Calderon both scored four points.

Joshua Villegas had three points.

Gardner and Villa contributed two points each.

Uti added one point.

"Our intensity from the get-go was perfect," coach Dickson said.

Dickson had 22 points, Donnelly tallied 12 and Johnson scored eight during Thursday's win against Linden.

Manriquez added five points.

Edward Calderon collected four points.

Griffin, Garcia, Sanchez and Nimrat Chahal all scored three points.

The Hawks held a slim 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Central Valley outscored Linden 48-38 the rest of the way.

"We started off slow but picked it up," Darryl Dickson said.

Central Valley won all three of its games at Denair and improved to 7-2 on the year.

"I was real happy with our effort," coach Dickson said. "We played to our ability. We took a step forward. We're a good team. But we're not consistent."

The Hawks will participate in the Orestimba tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.