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Varsity Hawks collect two league wins
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Central Valley High School's varsity boys basketball team has compiled a 2-1 record in league play since losing to crosstown-rival Ceres High on Jan. 23.

"We're going to try to do our best to win the rest of our games," sophomore guard Jaron Dickson said.

The Hawks beat host Livingston 66-50 on Wednesday and improved to 4-5 in the Western Athletic Conference.

Kendel Johnson and Ryan Donnelly led Central Valley in scoring with 10 points apiece.

Dickson, Jordan Thornton, Ja'Quan Gardner and Manuel Garcia all scored eight points.

Parker Griffin, Diego Sanchez, Tranjit Singh and Abraham Navarro collected five, four, three and two points, respectively.

The Hawks turned a close game into a rout in the fourth quarter. Tied at 40-all, Central Valley outscored Livingston 26-10 during the final eight minutes. Johnson and Thornton tallied six points each.

"We picked up the pace of the game," coach Dickson said.

Central Valley nearly knocked off first-place Patterson on Jan. 26.

The Hawks outscored the Tigers 15-9 in the final period before falling short.

Patterson survived, 62-60.

Jaron Dickson tallied a team-high 16 points.

Donnelly added 11 points.

Sanchez, Thornton, Griffin and Amrit Chahal all contributed five points.

Johnson, Gardner and Garcia chipped in with three points each.

Jordan Sek had two points.

The Hawks and Tigers battled to a 31-31 tie in the opening half.

Patterson outscored Central Valley 16-12 in the third quarter.

Central Valley delighted its Winterfest Homecoming fans with a 61-53 win over Los Banos on Jan. 25.

"It's always good to win in front of your friends and family," Jaron Dickson said. "The crowd helped us a lot. We gave 100-percent effort."

Johnson scored a career-high 20 points for the Hawks, who built a commanding 20-point lead in the opening half.

Donnelly had 13 points.

Kendel attended Beyer High School last season.

"He's been a big lift for us all year with his rebounding and defense," coach Dickson said. "I'm just happy he's a part of our program."

Central Valley will travel to Los Banos today to face Pacheco and play host to crosstown-rival Ceres High on Friday. Both games will get underway at 7:30 p.m.

"We've gotten better," Jaron Dickson said. "I'd be surprised if we didn't make the playoffs next season. We have enough talent."

Added Darryl Dickson: "We've been very competitive against the top teams."