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Hawks top Linden, Bret Harte at Ceres Holiday Classic
Kadin Manor helped lead Central Valley’s varsity boys basketball team to a 2-0 record at the Dec. 14-15 Ceres Holiday Classic. - photo by Dale Butler

Central Valley’s varsity boys basketball team broke out of a shooting slump in a big way.

The Hawks buried 26 3-pointers on their way to compiling a 2-0 record at the Dec. 14-15 Ceres Holiday Classic at Ceres High.

 “We got our offense going again,” coach Mike Rodriguez said. “Once one or two guys hit a couple 3s, everybody else’s confidence goes up, and it ends up being contagious.”

Central Valley improved to 5-7 on the year with an 88-69 win over Linden on Saturday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

“We hit a few shots early in the game and it got the kids’ confidence up,” Rodriguez said. “We typically shoot well at Ceres.”

Max Sanchez drained seven treys on his way to tallying a game-high 30 points.

Munraj Singh totaled 17 points. He made five treys.

Tony Gaut collected 11 points.

Grant Neang and Angel Zamarippa both netted 10 points.

Kadin Manor had five points.

Jonathan Vierra had four points.

Andy Souksavath had one point.

Central Valley ended a five-game losing streak with a 79-57 victory against Bret Harte on Friday.

“We really tried to speed the game up by trapping on defense everywhere."
Coach Mike Rodriguez

“We really tried to speed the game up by trapping on defense everywhere,” Rodriguez said.

Sanchez poured in 25 points. He knocked down seven 3-pointers.

Neang netted 13 points.

Zamarippa tallied 12 points.

Gaut had eight points.

Jaeden Merchant had seven points.

Daniel Villasenor had six points.

Manor and Andruw Valencia both had three points.

Derek Bolivar had two points.

Central Valley made 13 3-pointers during each of its games at the Ceres Holiday Classic.

“The kids are comfortable playing there (Ceres High),” Rodriguez said. 

The Hawks will play in the Lincoln Tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Stockton.

“Obviously, the goal is to go 3-0,” Rodriguez said. “We’d like to get at least two wins. It will be good for the kids’ confidence going into league.”