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Central Valley High School's freshman boys basketball team is no longer winless in Western Athletic Conference play.

The Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 51-43 victory over the Pacheco Panthers on Friday in Ceres.

"The kids have been working really hard," Central Valley head coach Jon Merchant said. "They've grown tremendously."

The Hawks improved to 1-3 in the WAC standings.

"I've been tough on them," Merchant said. "I have expectations. We'd like to win out."

Karnveer Chahal tallied a season-high 15 points for Central Valley.

David Serrano and Estevan Barragan both contributed seven points.

Hanson Hy and Antonio Ramirez finished with six points apiece.

Israel Anaya added three points.

Alonzo Bustos, Taj Dosanjh and Phillip Jackson chipped in with two points each.

Marcellino Vindiola had one point.

"We got a lot of kids involved," Merchant said.

Chahal, a small forward, transferred from Ceres High.

"We're happy to have him," Merchant said. "He picks up on everything so quickly. He has a high basketball IQ."

Point guard Miguel Jimenez, Central Valley's starting point guard, did not play.

Hy filled in for Jimenez, who had another commitment (church camp).

The Hawks outscored the Panthers 27-19 in the opening half.

Chahal totaled 14 points, including 10 in the second quarter.

Central Valley led 44-32 at the end of the third quarter.

"We played good defense," Merchant said. "It was a fun game. We got a lot of kids involved."

Central Valley will play at crosstown-rival Ceres High on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

"I'm focused on what we're doing and how we can get better," Merchant said.