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New-look CV falls twice
Ceres Highs junior-varsity girls third in Hughson
Savannah Zielke had four points, nine rebounds and one assist during Ceres Highs 38-27 win over host Hughson on Friday. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's new-look varsity boys basketball team dropped a pair of games this past week.

The Hawks are moving forward with a revamped lineup as all five of their starters were lost to graduation.

"We made some young errors," Central Valley head coach Darryl Dickson said.

Central Valley turned a double-digit deficit into a one-point lead before losing 70-63 to Sonora on Dec. 1 in Ceres.

"We lost the game at the beginning," Dickson said. "We matched their level of intensity in the second half. It's a testament to our resolve."

Hawk Harinder Sidhu buried eight treys on his way to scoring a game-high 28 points.

David Gluhkovskiy and Gurshan Chahal had 12 and six points, respectively.

Erik Mejia and Jaspreet Singh each tallied four points.

Ralph Afortunado, Nathan Perine and Simron Singh all contributed three points.

Central Valley trailed 34-22 at the break.

The Hawks outscored the Wildcats 41-36 in the second half. Sidhu totaled 25 points, including seven treys.

"He (Harinder) got hot at the right time," Dickson said. "He helped us come back."

Visiting Pitman topped Central Valley 60-39 during their CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Game showdown on Nov. 30.

Gluhkovskiy led the Hawks with 14 points.

Sidhu had six points.

Afortunado and Chahal both collected five points.

Perine and Simron Singh totaled three points each.

Karnveer Chahal scored two points.

Jaspreet Singh added one point.

The Pride outscored the Hawks 31-19 in the opening half.

Central Valley trailed 52-34 heading into the final period.

The Hawks, 1-1 as of Sunday, will participate in the Stonberger Tournament, Dec. 10-11, at Brentwood's Liberty High School.

Ceres High School's junior-varsity girls basketball team collected one win and two losses while finishing in third place at the Hughson tournament last week.

"The girls didn't play as well as they could have," Bulldogs head coach Aimee Gunzenhauser said. "They came out very slow and made a lot of mistakes in the first half of all three games. They then turned around, and came back from halftime like a new team, and played very well. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to get the wins for this tournament."

Ceres High dropped its tournament finale, 35-25, to Gregori on Saturday.

Angelina Ursua had a team-high 13 points.

Harmen Bahia added nine points.

Hannah Kimbro chipped in with three points.

Ceres High defeated Hughson's junior-varsity/freshman combined team 38-27 on Friday.

Ursua tallied 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Camryn Silva had seven points, five rebounds and two assists.

Bahia had five points and six rebounds.

Shelby Veuve had four points and 12 rebounds.

Andrea Duran and Savannah Zielke both had four points, nine rebounds and one assist.

Ceres High lost 43-33 to Hughson's JV squad on Thursday.

Ursua finished with 12 points.

Kimbro, Veuve, Silva and Bahia had eight, five, four and three points, respectively.

Zielke had one point.

Ceres High will stage its home tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

"I have very high expectations for the team and we are working hard at practice to get better every day," Gunzenhauser said. "I see so much potential in this group of girls and can't wait for them to own it. Everything will come together with time and dedication."