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GV boys debut with 'circus act'

TURLOCK -- A look of disappointment was clear on the face of Keith Hunter as he put on a wool cap to combat the cold outside the Golden Valley locker room.

After watching Pitman dismantle his team in the Central California Conference opener for both teams on Friday night, the GV coach felt he should have been wearing a top hat.

The final score of 70-60 doesn't come close to describing how bad Pitman made Hunter's boys look.

The game was decided shortly after the opening whistle as Pitman raced out to a 17-5 lead five minutes into the game.

"We looked confused," Hunter said. "I thought we were prepared. I thought we were ready.

"We were confused. It was embarrassing. I have to take full responsibility.

"It was like watching a circus and I was the ring leader."

Golden Valley (7-9) struggled to guard anybody.

Pitman center Adam Lewallen scored 14 of his 18 points in the first quarter.

Sam Madden hit three of his six 3-pointers in the opening quarter as Pitman jumped out to a 27-11 lead.

"We were all over the place," GV point guard Liautaud Prophete said. "We didn't know what to do. We didn't execute."

Pitman (11-4) showed why it enters CCC play as one of the favorites to win the conference.

Most of the key players have returned from last year's team that reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semifinals.

It all showed against GV.

Pitman quickly put to rest any second-half comeback hopes for Golden Valley when it closed the third quarter with a 16-3 run to extend its lead to an almost ridiculous 61-33.

Pitman dominated Golden Valley with its star Austin Keaton only scoring two points.

"They played well and we played bad," Hunter said. "That's a bad combination.

"We did a lot of things that were pretty funny. We had guys in the wrong spots.

"We looked like we hadn't practiced in two weeks and that's all we've done.

"We got blown out in the first quarter and that's disappointing. We came out of the locker room and got drilled again in the third quarter."

The only bright spot for GV was in the fourth quarter, when it outscored Pitman's bench players 27-9.

Golden Valley closed the game with a 23-3 run to make the final score look respectable.

Prophete led GV with 21 points and John Sykes added 19.

"I can't wait to get back on the court next week," Prophete said. "We'll be ready."

Hunter can only hope the circus won't travel to Los Banos on Wednesday.

Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at sjansen@mercedsun-star.com.

Central California Conference

PITMAN 70

GOLDEN VALLEY 60

at Pitman

Golden Valley 11 14 8 27 -- 60

Pitman 27 14 20 9 -- 70

GOLDEN VALLEY -- Damarya Moody 8, Liautaud Prophete 21, Dante Scott 6, John Sykes 19, James Stockton 4, Alex Rodriguez 2. Totals 25 3-6 60.

PITMAN -- Ryan Clay 2, Mattson Andre 9, Austin Keaton 2, Juan Flores 13, Sam Madden 20, Matt Lavendar 6, Adam Lewallen 18. Totals 28 3-3 70.

3-pointers: Golden Valley 7 (Prophete 5, Moody 2); Pitman 11 (Madden 6, Flores 3, Andre 1, Lewallen 1) Total Fouls: Golden Valley 9, Pitman 14; Fouled out: None.

Records: Golden Valley 0-1 CCC, 7-9 overall; Pitman 1-0, 11-4.

JV -- Pitman won 64-55.

Frosh -- GV won.

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