Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball squad seized the momentum in the first half and coasted to a surprisingly-easy 75-48 win over Tracy on Dec. 17 in Ceres.
"We executed our game plan, flawlessly," Hawks standout guard Jaron Dickson said. "We played together as a team. That's the best we've played all season."
Central Valley improved to 6-2 on the year.
The Bulldogs dropped to 3-3 overall.
Dickson scored a game-high 23 points versus Tracy.
Daevon Brown added 17 points.
Parker Griffin totaled nine points.
Devon Bolivar and Moses Ghiorso netted six points each.
Alexis Villa chipped in with four points.
Nimrat Chahal and Inayat Sahota finished with three points apiece.
Simron Singh and Nathaniel Perine both collected two points.
"Us three (Dickson, Brown and Griffin) are the main options, offensively," Jaron said. "The other teams know that as well. But it's not just us. All of our players contribute to our team."
The Hawks outscored the Bulldogs 24-8 in the opening period on their way to building a commanding 51-24 lead in the first half.
Brown had 10 points in the first quarter.
Dickson tallied nine points in the second quarter.
"This game was marked on our calendar," said Dickson, who tallied a school-record 43 points and nine treys in an 84-81 victory against Tracy in overtime last season. "They're a Division-I school. Any time you beat a Division-I school, it helps your rankings for playoffs. We were ready for the challenge. I thought it was going to be a tougher game. They're not a bad team."
The Hawks will compete in the Whitney Tournament this week.
Central Valley will face 6-3 Nevada Union in the opening round on Saturday.
The Hawks will begin Western Athletic Conference play on Jan. 2 versus first-year El Capitan of Merced.
"I think we should win league," Dickson said. "But we have to be ready to play every night. Our main focus this year is defense. We know we can score."