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Serrano powers Central Valley past Ceres High
Ceres Highs Derrick ONeal (pictured left) and Elijah Hughes (34) had trouble slowing down Central Valleys David Serrano (35) in the fourth quarter of last Wednesdays crosstown game. Serrano scored 10 of his 14 points in the final period. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

David Serrano's fourth-quarter performance helped propel Central Valley's varsity boys basketball team past crosstown-rival Ceres High, 57-52, on the road Wednesday night at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

The 6-foot-3 275-pound post player scored 10 of his 14 points in the final period.

Serrano was saddled with foul trouble in the first half.

David was voted Western Athletic Conference Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman for the 2017 football campaign.

"He played like a senior's supposed to," Hawks head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "He led the team down the stretch. "

"My teammates rely on me for points down low in close games," Serrano said. "I knew if I played like I know I could play, they couldn't stop me."

The Bulldogs (9-14, 2-4) won their previous four meetings versus the Hawks (8-15, 2-4).

"We haven't had success against them the last two years," Serrano said. "To be able to come to their home and beat them was amazing. We knew it was going to be a close game."

"It's a tough loss," Ceres High senior Inder Sandhu said. "But we did play hard. I liked our effort. We just didn't execute like we usually do."

Max Sanchez tallied a team-high 18 points for the Hawks.

Grant Neang and Daniel Villasenor both added five points.

Tony Gaut and Munraj Singh finished with four points apiece.

Keven Figueroa and Phil Jackson contributed two points each.

Miguel Jimenez had one point.

Elijah Hughes tallied a team-high 18 points for the Bulldogs.

Sandhu added 17 points.

Christian Murry, Derrick O'Neal and Dalton Durossette contributed six, five and two points, respectively.

Central Valley outscored Ceres High 16-11 in the fourth quarter.

The Hawks made four of six foul shots in the final 30 seconds to secure the victory.

"The game didn't play out in our favor," Sandhu said. "We could have executed better on both ends."

The Hawks bested the Bulldogs on their home court.

Central Valley and Ceres High shot a combined 46 free throws.

The two teams committed 44 personal fouls.

A total of five technical fouls were assessed.

"It's always a fun game to play in," Sandhu said. "We always know there's going to be a huge crowd and we feed off the energy."

"You talk to your team all week about controlling emotions," Rodriguez said. "Some guys didn't."

"It's always going to be like that because it's the crosstown showdown," Serrano said.