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CV frosh get best of CHS again
Hawk Keven Figueroa puts up a shot over Bulldog Gavin Andres during Thursdays freshman boys hoops game. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's freshman boys basketball team outlasted host Ceres High 39-35 on Thursday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

The Hawks beat the Bulldogs twice in Western Athletic Conference play this season.

Central Valley erased a double-digit deficit on its way to posting a 52-49 win over Central Valley on Jan. 22.

"It's very special when we get a win against Ceres High," Central Valley standout Daniel Villasenor said. "We're rivals."

The Hawks improved to 18-7 overall and 8-3 in the WAC standings.

The Bulldogs dropped to 10-10 and 3-8.

"It feels great to know we're the better team in basketball this year," Villasenor said. "Hopefully, we can continue that."

Villasenor hit four 3-pointers and totaled a game-high 22 points against Ceres High last week.

Grant Neang, Edgardo Andrade and Mankern Chahal collected eight, six and three points, respectively.

The Hawks shot 24 percent (8 of 33) from the field, 33 percent from 3-point range (7 of 21) and 29 percent (2 of 7) from the free-throw line for the game.

Elijah Hughes scored 10 points to lead Ceres High.

Gavin Andres, Brock DeWitt and Caleb Cannella had eight, six and five points, respectively.

Gary Condit mustered just four points against Central Valley's physical defense. He had 24 points in a 71-67 overtime victory against Patterson on Feb. 10.

The Bulldogs shot 27 percent (9 of 33) from the field, 20 percent (3 of 15) from 3-point range and 38 percent (8 of 21) from the free-throw line.

Ceres High lost to Central Valley despite allowing just a total of eight points in the first and fourth quarters. The Bulldogs opened the game on a 7-0 run.

The Hawks tallied 31 points in the middle periods.

"We started picking it up on defense and hitting our shots on offense," Villasenor said.

Andrade, Villasenor and Chahal accounted for Central Valley's five fourth-quarter points.

Andrade buried a wide-open 3-pointer from the right baseline.

Villasenor and Chahal both made one foul shot.

Neither team scored during the final 3:08.

"It was a good, competitive game," Villasenor said. "Both teams played hard. Both teams wanted to win so badly."