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Hawks rally past Bulldogs
Sanchez buries go-ahead 3-pointer in 52-49 win
Central Valleys Mankern Chahal (10) and Ceres Highs Elijah Hughes battle for position during Fridays crosstown game. The Hawks defeated the Bulldogs 52-49 in league play. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's freshman boys basketball team trailed by as much as 10 points in the third quarter of Friday's Western Athletic Conference crosstown battle with Ceres High.

The Hawks rallied on the strength of their long-range shooting as they buried four treys in the final period.

Max Sanchez rattled in a 3-pointer from the left baseline with 3 seconds left to play to lift Central Valley to a thrilling 52-49 win over the visiting Bulldogs on Friday.

"He's one of the better shooters on the team," Hawks head coach Amrit Chahal said. "He's always practicing."

Central Valley improved to 3-2 WAC.

Ceres High dropped to 0-5 in the league standings.

Daniel Villasenor led the Hawks in scoring with 15 points.

Grant Neang added 12 points.

Sanchez, Jovelito Camerena and Mankern Chahal collected six, five and four points, respectively.

Edgardo Andrade and Oscar Molina netted three points each.
Devontre Holley and D'Angelo Vasquez both contributed two points.

The Hawks shot 29 percent (6 of 21) from 2-point range, 31 percent (11 of 36) from 3-point range and 70 percent (7 of 10) from the free-throw line.

Gary Condit led Ceres High in scoring with 13 points.

Elijah Hughes, Gavin Andres and Chris Murry totaled 12, seven and six points, respectively.

Brock Moore and Ethan Willform collected five points apiece.

Brock DeWitt added four points.

The Bulldogs shot 45 percent (21 of 47) from 2-point range, 20 percent (1 of 5) from 3-point range and 63 percent (5 of 8) from the foul line.

"It's a big win," Sanchez said. "It's means a lot."

Central Valley outscored Ceres High 14-7 in the fourth quarter.

Neang drained two treys and tallied eight points.

Villasenor and Sanchez both made one 3-pointer.

"I'm a confident shooter," said Sanchez, who shot 50 percent (2 of 4) from long-range. "The only time I'm nervous is when I'm on the bench thinking about it. When I'm on the court, I just play."

Condit's layup off a steal evened the score at 49-49 with 16 seconds left in regulation.

Coach Chahal thought an additional four minutes would be needed to determine the winner of the game.

"I was preparing for overtime," he said. "We were in a similar situation earlier in the season. This is what makes coaching really fun."

Caleb Cannella's potential game-tying shot from near midcourt fell short at the buzzer.

Ceres High led 32-24 at halftime.