Central Valley’s varsity boys basketball team showed a tremendous amount of grit versus Buhach Colony on Senior Night last Wednesday.
Down 21-7, the Hawks outscored the Thunder the rest of the game en route to rallying for a 68-57 victory on Feb. 12 in Ceres.
“It feels good winning this one,” Central Valley senior Kadin Manor. “You want to end the season on a good note.”
“We should have played this way the whole year. It was a really good effort. We needed this win; better we got it on Senior Night.”Angel Zamarripa
“We should have played this way the whole year,” Hawks’ junior Angel Zamarripa said. “It was a really good effort. We needed this win; better we got it on Senior Night.”
Manor and Zamarripa scored a combined 46 points against Buhach Colony.
Zamarripa tallied a game-high 25 points.
Manor collected 21 points.
“When those two guys are hitting shots, we’re tough to beat,” coach Mike Rodriguez said.
Central Valley sophomore Jordan Lombardo added 12 points.
Senior Rajeev Saini, junior Amari Taylor and Sophomore Yoshi Kumar all contributed three points.
Sophomore Sunny Khabra had one point.
The Hawks shot 83 percent (19 of 23) from the free-throw line.
“We played our hearts out,” Manor said.
Central Valley never lost confidence despite falling behind by 14 points in the first quarter.
The Hawks cut the deficit to four heading into halftime.
“The momentum changed,” Zamarripa said. “You could feel it.”
“We got in their heads and they started talking a little smack,” Manor added.
Manor and fellow upperclassmen Saini, Andy Souksavath, Jacob Ingraham, Juan Brambila and Andruw Valencia competed at home for the final time this past week.
“It’s super sad I’m not going to play here anymore,” Manor said. “I’m going to miss everybody. We lost games but had a great bond.”
Central Valley compiled a 6-22 overall record and finished in last place in the Central California Conference standings (2-10) this season.
“We played hard,” Manor said. “We tried to compete. We’re just young. They should do something special next year.”
“We could have done a lot better,” Zamarripa added. “I still liked our team.”