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JV Hawks, Bulldogs vying for conference crown
CV, CHS boys teams facing off this week
Andres Rojo and Central Valley will host Ceres High in freshman boys basketball this Friday at 4:30 p.m. - photo by DALE BUTLER/Courier photo

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity boys basketball team did the expected when it traveled to Los Banos last week to face Pacheco.

The Hawks dominated from beginning to end in posting a 81-37 win over the Panthers on Friday.

"I was very confident going into that game," Central Valley head coach Jordan Dickson said. "We had a really good week of practice."

Central Valley improved to 21-1 overall and remained in a first-place tie atop the Western Athletic Conference standings (8-1) with Patterson.

The Hawks have won eight games in a row, including seven in WAC play.

"I'm pretty happy with where we're at," Dickson said. "All the credit goes to the kids. They show up every day and work hard."

Harinder Sidhu and Jaspreet Singh paced Central Valley last week with 18 points apiece.

Wilbert Soriano, David Glukhovskiy, Oso Fregoso and Shan Chahal tallied 15, 10, eight and three points, respectively.

Jonathan Barragan, Nick Garcia and Erik Mejia all collected two points.

Central Valley will play host to Los Banos today and Ceres High on Friday.

The Hawks will travel to Livingston next Monday.

All three games will get underway at 6 p.m.

"We respect every team we play," Dickson said.

Central Valley's JV boys basketball squad posted a 22-5 overall record and captured the WAC crown (11-1) during the 2013-14 school year.

"I don't do anything special," Dickson said while talking about his coaching style. "I just always have high expectations for my players. I instill in them the importance of being accountable."

Dawgs 46, Tigers 26
Ceres High School's junior-varsity boys basketball team throttled host Los Banos 46-26 in Western Athletic Conference play Wednesday evening.

"Our defense was pretty strong," Bulldogs head coach Lance Hunter said. "We held them to five points through the first three quarters."

Marcellus Boykins collected a team-high eight points.

Austin Crain and Wyatt Ogden added seven points apiece.

Nick Jones and Chris Lubinsky both tallied six points.

Jeff Lemus and Jacob Langan had five and four points, respectively.

The Bulldogs led 39-5 heading into the final period.

Ceres High outscored Los Banos 16-0 in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs accounted for 13 of the game's first 16 points. Crain totaled six points. Ogden scored three points. Boykins and Jones contributed two points each.

Ceres High (14-4, 7-2) will battle first-place Patterson and Central Valley on Wednesday and Friday, respectively, at 6 p.m.

Patterson and Central Valley had identical records of 8-1 in conference play as of Tuesday. "My boys are looking forward to the challenge," Hunter said.

Ceres High School's freshman boys basketball team kept its Western Athletic Conference title aspirations alive this past week.

The Bulldogs battled back for a 47-43 win over host Los Banos on Wednesday.

Second-place Ceres High improved to 17-3 on the year and 7-1 in the WAC standings.

"We played a poor game but survived," Bulldogs head coach Tracy Bull said.

Ceres High center Cristian Garcia dominated with a 25-point effort.

Gurraj Purewal had eight points.

Inder Sandhu scored six points.

Donnavin Koeurn, Cristian Palafox and Monte Wallace all contributed two points.

Cristian Anderson dished out a team-high six assists.

Ceres High made 10 of 15 free throws during the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs erased a four-point deficit late in the game.

Ceres High outscored Los Banos 10-2 over the final three minutes. The Bulldogs tallied two steals in the last 40 seconds.

Ceres High will play at Patterson (8-0) today and Central Valley (3-6) on Friday. Both games will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Hawks 45, Panthers 21
Central Valley High School's freshman boys basketball team ended three-game slide with a 45-21 victory over Pacheco on Friday in Los Banos.

Karnveer Chahal scored a team-high 14 points for the Hawks, who improved to 3-6 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

Andres Rojo added seven points.

Antonio Ramirez collected six points.

Hanson Hy and Miguel Jimenez chipped in with five points apiece.

Israel Anaya, Estevan Barragan, Sean Nelson and Terron Sadler tallied two points each.