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CV boys upset Patterson in varsity boys basketball
Bulldogs delight Homecoming fans with big win
David Glukhovskiy scored a game-high 21 points in Central Valleys 53-50 upset of Patterson in WAC play on Wednesday. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's revamped varsity boys basketball program upset Patterson during the opening week of Western Athletic Conference play.

Harinder Sidhu's four-point play-trey and free throw-with less than 30 seconds to play propelled the Hawks past the Tigers 53-50 Wednesday night in Ceres.

"It feels really great," Central Valley standout guard David Glukhovskiy said. "I'm pretty sure Patterson thought they were going to smoke us. Most of their players are 6-5. They looked unbeatable. We surprised them."
The Hawks improved to 9-7 overall and 1-0 in the WAC.

The Tigers dropped to 9-6 and 0-1.

Central Valley graduated all five of its starters from last year's 12-0 conference-championship squad.

"It's a big win for us," Hawks head coach Darryl Dickson said. "Patterson was picked to win the WAC this year. They're way more athletic than us. We won the game because we controlled the tempo of the game. We slowed it down."

Glukhovskiy led all scorers with 21 points. He also made a game-high four 3-pointers.

Gurshan Chahal buried three treys and totaled 11 points.

Sidhu added three treys and 10 points.

Oso Fregoso had five points.

Jaspreet Singh, Simeron Singh and Reuben Rodriguez finished with two points each.

Down 50-49, Sidhu drew a foul while hitting a contested 3-pointer. Harinder's free throw gave the Hawks a three-point lead.

"Everyone was going crazy," Glukhovskiy said. "I'm not surprised. I always have confidence in him. He's one of the best shooters in the WAC."

Central Valley led 26-21 at the break.

The Hawks outscored the Tigers 17-11 in the second quarter. Glukhovskiy hit three 3-pointers and matched Patterson's offensive output for the period.

"David kept the momentum going for us," Dickson said. "We were up at halftime as a result of him hitting those shots."

Central Valley will play at Los Banos today and Pacheco on Friday.

Both games will get underway at 7:30 p.m.

Dawgs bounce back
Two days removed from opening Western Athletic Conference play with a blowout loss, Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball team responded in dominant fashion against Los Banos.

The Bulldogs topped the Tigers 74-50 Friday night at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"It was a must-win game for us," Ceres High third-year standout Austin Stiles said. "We couldn't afford to start league 0-2 especially because we want to go to playoffs. We were really focused and hungry because it was our Homecoming."

The Bulldogs improved to 4-11 overall and 1-1 in the WAC standings.

The Tigers dropped to 5-7 and 0-2.

"We bounced back from the El Capitan game," Ceres High head coach Julio Marquez said.

The Bulldogs had four players score in double figures against the Tigers, including Stiles (12), Haaydn Martinez (25), Cristian Garcia (16) and Ismael Ontiveros (16).

Trevor Nash tallied four points.

Blane Abeyta added one point.

The Bulldogs took control by outscoring the Tigers 46-20 in the first half.

Unstoppable in the opening period, Martinez drained four treys and totaled 16 points.

"I'm not surprised," Marquez said. "I know he's capable of doing that on any night."

Host Ceres High lost 68-44 to El Capitan on Wednesday.

Stiles led the Bulldogs with 16 points, three assists and one steal.

Garcia tallied 10 points, five rebounds and one assist.

Ontiveros scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Martinez had eight points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Jordan McGrath added two points.

The Gauchos outscored the Bulldogs 27-7 in the second period on its way to building a 43-16 lead in the opening half.

El Capitan pressed Ceres High the entire game.

"That's what killed us," Stiles said. "Next time we see them, we'll be more prepared."

Ceres High will play at Patterson today at 7:30 p.m.