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Hawks lose in overtime
Xavier Valencia
Xavier Valencia and Central Valley’s varsity boys basketball team battled Patterson last week. - photo by Dale Butler

Central Valley’s varsity boys basketball team remained winless in Central California Conference play after losing to Patterson last week.

The Tigers edged the Hawks 57-56 in overtime on Jan. 15 in Ceres.

“I can’t fault the effort,” Hawks’ head coach Mike Rodriguez said. “The guys played hard. The energy was there.”

Central Valley dropped to 4-16 overall and last place in the CCC (0-4).

Patterson moved to 5-14 on the season and fourth in the league standings (1-3).

Angel Zamarripa led the Hawks with a game-high 19 points.

Kadin Manor totaled 11 points.

Sunny Khabra added 10 points.

Yoshi Kumar, Jordan Lombardo and Xavier Valencia had nine, four and two points, respectively.

Cris Delgado led the Tigers with a team-high 16 points.

Yannick Andzuouana collected 10 points.

Logan McCleery tallied nine points.

“We had some turnovers when we had the lead,” Rodriguez said.  “We let them back into the game. We got to execute better down the stretch.”

McCleery’s clutch shot, a 3-pointer from the right wing, gave Patterson a 57-54 lead in overtime.

Manor’s potential, game-tying 3-pointer from the left wing fell short and into the hands of Zamarripa, who put back the miss as time expired.

Khabra forced OT when he buried a mid-range shot from the right baseline late in the fourth quarter. 

Central Valley had a chance to win the game in regulation but failed to get a shot off before the buzzer sounded.

“We were trying to get the ball into Sunny’s hands,” Rodriguez said.


Central Valley’s varsity girls basketball team has lost 28 straight games dating back to last season.

The Hawks dropped to 0-13 overall and 0-5 in the Central California Conference standings following their 33-19 setback versus the Buhach Colony Thunder on Jan. 16 in Ceres.

Central Valley head coach Jesse Padilla couldn’t be reached for comment.

Angel Zamarripa
Angel Zamarripa and Central Valley’s varsity boys basketball team lost 57-56 in overtime to Patterson on Jan. 15 in Ceres. - photo by Dale Butler