Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball squad has dropped four straight games since opening the Western Athletic Conference season with wins over Patterson, Los Banos, Pacheco and Livingston.
"I thought we'd come back stronger after losing to Ceres High," Hawks long-range specialist Harinder Sidhu said. "It didn't happen. I don't know what's happening to our team."
The Hawks fell to fourth place in the WAC standings (12-11, 4-4) after losing twice to El Capitan (8-0) and once to Patterson (6-2) last week.
"We weren't scared of them," Sidhu said. "We just didn't play well. I give them a lot of credit. They beat us fair and square. We need to focus on our next four games. I believe we'll win out and make the playoffs."
First-place El Capitan kept its perfect record in WAC play intact with a 61-49 victory over Central Valley Friday evening in Ceres.
The Hawks dug themselves a hole by allowing 14 straight points to start the game.
Central Valley battled back and cut the deficit to six, 37-31, during the third quarter.
El Capitan reestablished its dominance with a 13-3 run in the final period.
Sidhu led the Hawks in scoring with 17 points. He buried five treys.
David Glukhovskiy, Jaspreet Singh, Gurshan Chahal, Ralph Afortunado and Oso Fregoso added 13, eight, five, three and two points, respectively.
David Serrano had one point.
"El Capitan has the best team in league," Sidhu said. "They're undefeated. If we would have started off stronger, we would have had a chance."
Second-place Patterson exacted revenge by beating visiting Central Valley 68-37 on Wednesday.
The Hawks won the first meeting, 53-50.
Glukhovskiy scored a team-high 13 points during the rematch.
Sidhu and Erik Mejia chipped in with nine and four points, respectively.
Singh, Wilbert Soriano and Reuben Rodriguez all contributed three points.
Afortunado collected two points.
The Hawks led 17-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Patterson outscored Central Valley 56-20 the rest of the game.
Central Valley lost 65-37 at El Capitan on Jan. 25.
Sidhu paced the Hawks with 13 points.
Glukhovskiy and Singh both tallied five points.
Chahal totaled three points.
Fregoso, Jacob Guerrero, Josh Sidhu and Simeron Singh all scored two points.
Mejia, Rodriguez and Nathan Perine finished with one point each.
Central Valley trailed 42-16 at halftime. The Gauchos outscored the Hawks 22-7 in the first period.
Central Valley will play host to Pacheco this Friday. The homecoming contest will get underway at 7:30 p.m.
The Hawks' final three opponents are Los Banos, Ceres High and Livingston.
"I'm really surprised we're in this position," said Harinder Sidhu, whose team sat in first place in the WAC standings following its 59-56 win at Livingston. "We need to focus more, score and rebound better. We just need to pick it up. Everyone on the team has heart. I really believe we're going to come back stronger."