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Turnovers prove costly
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Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team entered the 2010-11 season with high expectations.

"I thought we'd be fighting for first or second place with Ceres High," Hawks head coach Darryl Dickson said. "I really thought we had a playoff-caliber team. We don't play how we practice."

Central Valley lost its second straight game and dropped to 2-6 in the WAC standings following Friday night's 74-54 setback at Central Catholic.

The Hawks never recovered after being outscored 26-11 in the first quarter.

Central Valley had 25-plus turnovers against the Raiders (4-5).

"We lost pretty bad," Dickson said. "We didn't have a strong desire to win the game. We just appeared to be going through the motions. We were real tentative. They had more energy and wanted it more."

Jamal Wessinger scored 15 points for the Hawks.

David Griffin had 11 points.

Miguel Rodriguez, Camron Thornton, Cristian Gil and Sunny Moun added eight, six, four and three points, respectively.

Anthony Alamo led the Raiders (16-10, 4-5) with 22 points.

Ky Wilson and Mike Gardner both tallied 13 points.

Central Valley's final two league opponents are Los Banos and Ceres High.

The Hawks will play host to the Tigers today and Ceres High on Friday.

Both games will begin at 7:30 p.m.

"We want to finish the season on a positive note," Dickson said. "We don't want to have any regrets."

Frosh Hawks lose twice

Central Valley High School's freshman boys basketball team lost a pair of Western Athletic Conference games last week.

"I know they're better than that," head coach Trevor Mew said. "But they don't realize that. It's frustrating."

The Hawks suffered their third straight loss on Friday, 54-48 to host Central Catholic.

Ja'Quan Gardner scored a team-high 26 points and converted 14 of his 16 free throws in defeat for Central Valley, which dropped to 5-5 in the WAC standings.

Jordan Sek and Tranjeet Singh tallied nine and four points, respectively.

Mohak Atwal, Milton Uti and Anthony Bonales contributed three points each.

The Hawks led 20-19 at halftime.

Central Catholic outscored Central Valley 35-28 after intermission.

"Ja'Quan kept us in the game," Mew said. "He's one of the kids you don't have to worry about. He always shows up."

Pacheco pulled away for a 76-66 win against Central Valley on Wednesday in Los Banos.

The host Panthers enjoyed a 24-13 advantage in free-throw attempts.

Pacheco made 18 foul shots, while the Hawks converted seven.

"We couldn't get any calls," Mew said. "That's how it is at the freshman level. You can't control the referees."

Gardner poured in a career-high 33 points.

Sek collected 17 points.

Bonales added eight points.

Pacheco outscored Central Valley 50-38 in the second half.

The Hawks held a two-point lead at the break.