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Hoops newcomer Thornton a difference maker for Central Valley's boys
Jordan Thornton's basketball career with Central Valley's boys program was short and productive.

The senior forward suited up for the Hawks for just one season.

"I wish I would have played all four years," Thornton said minutes after scoring a game-high 21 points in Central Valley's 62-60 win over crosstown-rival Ceres High on Feb. 8.

Jordan played a major role while propelling the Hawks to their most impressive victory of the season.

Central Valley won the rivalry game thanks to Thornton's timely play on both offense and defense.

Jordan tallied 11 points as the Hawks erased a double-digit deficit in the second half.

Thornton scored nine points in the fourth quarter. He had four steals during Central Valley's momentum-swaying 10-2 run in the final 1:45. Jordan's layup put the Hawks ahead by one, 58-57, with 33 seconds to play. Central Valley never trailed the rest of the way.

"He was all over the place," Hawk teammate Jaron Dickson said. "He did his job. I'm proud of him."

"Coach (Darryl Dickson) knows I'm capable of doing this every game," Thornton added. "He has confidence in me."

Thornton posed for a picture with more than 15 family members and friends after the game.

Jordan helped the Hawks end a seven-game losing streak versus the Bulldogs.

Thornton earned all-tournament honors while leading Central Valley to a runner-up finish at its home event in December.

"I surprised myself," Jordan said.

"He did a terrific job for us," Darryl added. "I'm happy for him."

Thornton played organized basketball at the high-school level for the first time this season.

Darryl recruited Jordan out of his P.E. class.

"We asked him to come out based on what we saw," Darryl said. "He was everywhere."

Added Thornton: "I have heart for the game."

The Hawks placed fourth in the WAC standings with a 6-6 record.