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Hawks keep perfect record intact in WAC
Ralph Afortunado and Central Valley will play host to Patterson today and Ceres High on Friday. Both conference games will get underway at 7:30 p.m. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity boys basketball team has yet to play a Western Athletic Conference game at home this season.

The Hawks improved to 7-10 overall and 3-0 in the WAC standings after topping Pacheco and Los Banos this past week.

"It's a really big accomplishment to win our first three games," head coach Darryl Dickson said. "It's not easy to go on the road and win. The team stepped up."

Central Valley kept its perfect record in conference play intact with a 55-44 win at Pacheco Friday night.

"Overall, I'm happy," Dickson said. "We're where we should be. That's what's important."

Gurshan Chahal had 21 points, Karnveer Chahal scored 12 and Harinder Sidhu added 11 to lead the Hawks.

Oso Fregoso and David Serrano tallied six and four points, respectively.

James Benitez chipped in with one point.

Central Valley outscored Pacheco 31-17 in the first and third periods.

The Hawks outlasted the Tigers of Los Banos 61-52 on Wednesday.

"Their focus was excellent," Dickson said. "They executed for the most part."

Gurshan Chahal paced Central Valley with 13 points.

Sidhu and Serrano totaled 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Ralph Afortunado contributed seven points.

Fregoso and Karnveer Chahal both collected six points.

Benitez and Grant Neang finished with three points apiece.

Ahead 43-39, the Hawks outscored the Tigers 19-13 in the final period.

Central Valley played twice on the road in a three-day span last week.

"It was a grind," Dickson said. "You could see it in the kids. They were tired. They had class and we had to travel."

Central Valley will play host to Patterson (9-11, 2-1) today and crosstown-rival Ceres High (11-8, 3-0) on Friday. Both games will begin at 7:30 p.m.

"It's going to be a tough week," Dickson said. "We're playing the top two teams. We're good enough to compete with them. We got to play a perfect game to get past Ceres. They have so many options. It's going to be a chess match."