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Hawks cagers win once
• Central Valley boys compile 1-2 record at Modesto City Tournament
Tony Gaut pounces on a loose ball during the Central Valley varsity boys basketball team’s 80-72 win over Enochs in the first round of the Modesto City Tournament last Thursday at Beyer High School. - photo by Dale Butler

Central Valley’s varsity boys basketball team compiled a 1-2 record this past week while competing at the Modesto City Tournament.

“We could have gone 3-0,” said Hawks’ coach Mike Rodriguez. “We had the lead late in all three games.”

Central Valley dropped to 2-3 on the year after losing 79-74 in overtime to Pitman on Saturday at Beyer High School.

“We only had seven points in the first quarter. We came out pretty flat. We were lacking energy.”
Coach Mike Rodriguez

“We only had seven points in the first quarter,” Rodriguez said. “We came out pretty flat. We were lacking energy.”

Grant Neang led the Hawks in scoring with 23 points.

Daniel Villasenor tallied 14 points

Max Sanchez collected 13 points.

Jaeden Merchant and Kadin Manor both contributed eight points.

Tony Gaut, Munraj Singh, Johnathan Vierra and Angel Zamarippa all had two points.

Lathrop held on for an 87-77 win over Central Valley on Friday.

“We gave up quite a few offensive rebounds and didn’t get many 50-50 balls,” Rodriguez said. 

Villasenor paced the Hawks with 18 points.

Manor totaled 14 points.

Sanchez and Merchant finished with 12 points apiece.

Singh had 10 points.

Neang and Gaut scored six and four points, respectively.

Central Valley edged Enochs 80-72 on Thursday.

“It was a solid game all the way around,” Rodriguez said. 

Villasenor buried five treys on his way to tallying a season-high 30 points.

“He had a huge game,” Rodriguez said. “He hit some big shots.”

Manor added 18 points.

Neang netted 16 points.

Gaut and Merchant scored seven and five points, respectively.

Donovan Gaut had two points.

“I saw some good things during the tournament,” Rodriguez said. “We played at a fast pace on offense. We averaged 75 points per game. We just have to do a better job on defense and at rebounding.”

Central Valley will host crosstown-rival Ceres High today at 7:15 p.m.

The Hawks will play in the Brentwood Tournament, Dec. 7-9.