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Lions no match for Hawks
Central Valley High School's new-look varsity boys basketball team opened its 2009-10 campaign with a 69-56 victory over Big Valley Christian in a 40-minute scrimmage on Friday in Ceres.

"Not a bad start to the season," head coach Darryl Dickson said. "We came out and did a lot of things well. But we could have done better."

The Hawks received solid contributions from all 14 of their players.

David Griffin, a 6-foot-2 post player, scored a team-high 13 points.

Tyree Jones, a standout running back on Central Valley's varsity football team during the fall, tallied 10 points.

Brian Blunt, Greg Mathews and Salinder Singh finished with nine points apiece.

Gary Ney and Hector Jacobo chipped in six points each.

Ryan Sandner and Sonny Moun added four and three points, respectively.

"They're picking up what we're asking them to do," Dickson said. "They're not being lazy."

The Hawks broke open the five-quarter contest in the first half.

Central Valley outscored Big Valley Christian 16-9 in the first period.

Jones collected eight straight points as the Hawks extended their lead from 25-11 to 33-12 with less than two minutes remaining in the second period.

"They executed what we wanted them to run," Dickson said.

Central Valley competed without three starters from a season ago, including 2009 graduates Trevor Mew and Chris Beleele and sophomore point guard Keymonte Wooten.