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JV Hawks finish first
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Sean Mcleod, Trevor Mew, Yama Noorzai and Tony Marques led the Central Valley High JV boys basketball team to a first-place finish at the Gustine Tournament last week.

“Everyone did a great job,” Hawks coach Darryl Dickson said.

Mcleod, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound center, averaged double figures in both scoring and rebounding en route to earning the tournament's most valuable player award.

“Sean was the key,” Dickson said. “If we don't have him, we don't win. He opened up the floor for the rest of the guys. He was unstoppable inside. They were double and triple teaming him.”

Mew, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound small forward, made the all-tourney team. He totaled 61 points.

“He did an awesome job for a freshman,” Dickson said.

“He's mentally tough and mature.”

Central Valley (5-0) compiled a 3-0 record at the eight-team tourney.

“There's still a lot of room for improvement,” Dickson said.

The Hawks defeated Orestimba 58-51 for the championship Saturday night.

Mew had a team-high 26 points, including four 3-pointers, against the Warriors. Mcleod scored 19 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots. Marques added 10 points.

The Hawks led 29-19 at intermission. They overcame a seven-point deficit.

“They came back at us pretty good at the end but we held them off,” Dickson said.

McCleod scored eight straight points to put Central Valley ahead by 18 early in the fourth quarter.

Then Orestimba rallied. The Warriors got within six points.

Noorzai and Mew sealed the win with two free throws and a layup, respectively, during the final two minutes of play.

The Hawks cruised to a 78-56 victory against the Livingston Wolves on Friday. Mew, Mcleod, Noorzai and Marques reached double figures in scoring. They scored 21, 20, 14 and 10 points, respectively.

“That game was pretty easy,” Dickson said.

The Hawks routed Patterson Tigers 53-38 on Thursday.

Mcleod tallied a team-high 19 points. Mew and Noorzai added 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Central Valley High will play host to Livingston on Dec. 13 at 5:45 p.m. The Hawks start league play in January.

“If they stay healthy and make grades, they could do really well,” Dickson said. - By DALE BUTLER /Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier