Central Valley High School's junior-varsity boys basketball head coach Jordan Dickson likes the makeup of his team.
"We have a very unique combination of size, speed and shooting," he said. "We're going to be dangerous. I believe we can contend for the WAC title."
The Hawks won the consolation title at the Ripon Tournament, staged Dec. 13-14.
Central Valley edged El Capitan 44-41 for fifth place on Dec. 14.
"I always think we're good enough to win these kinds of tournaments," Dickson said. "I'm disappointed with our overall finish. But I'm not disappointed with how we finished."
Simeron Singh and Ravinder Singh both tallied a team-high 11 points against El Capitan.
Lorenz Johnson collected 10 points.
Reuben Rodriguez and Moses Ghiorso contributed six points each.
"We did a great job of shutting down their best player," Dickson said. "We played great help defense."
Central Valley earned a hard-fought 61-59 victory against Hilmar on Dec. 13.
Johnson totaled 19 points.
Ghiorso and Nathan Perine chipped in with nine points apiece.
Rodriguez, Ravinder Singh and Brandon Hale scored seven, six and four points, respectively.
Dylan Robbins and David Glukhovskiy each had three points.
Compass Roberts added one point.
Central Valley lost 50-45 to Ripon in the opening round on Dec. 13.
Johnson had 19 points.
Ghiorso finished with 16 points.
Simeron Singh and Ravinder Singh scored six and four points, respectively.
"We messed around and didn't play as hard as we could," Dickson said.
Eleven different players scored during Central Valley's 82-24 blowout of Millennium on Dec. 11 in Ceres.
Glukhovskiy had 14 points, Gurshan Chahal tallied 13 and Perine added 11.
Johnson and Ravinder Singh both scored nine points.
Rodriguez, Hale, Roberts and Robbins had seven, six, five and four points, respectively.
Ghiorso and Simeron Singh scored two points each.
"Our starters did a good job of setting the tone early," Dickson said.
Central Valley lost 67-45 to visiting Atwater on Dec. 9.
The Hawks won five of their first seven games of the 2013-14 campaign.
"It's important for them to understand basketball mentality as opposed to the physical fundamentals of the game," said Dickson, who coached at the frosh level in 2012-13. "Last year, we worked on fundamentals. They've done a great job grasping my new defensive framework. With the exception of the Ripon game, they've done a fantastic job playing defense."