By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Bulldogs avenge losses to Pitman, Escalon
Beau Pimentel always tries to turn in a maximum effort each time he steps on the court.

On Tuesday, July 7, the 6-foot-3, 183-pound post player helped Ceres High School's boys basketball team avenge losses to Pitman and Escalon at the Modesto Junior College Summer League.

"It was great to get them back," Beau said. "We played with more intensity."

The Bulldogs (9-3) won by an average of 21 points per game despite competing without standout guard Justin Canatsy.

Ceres High rolled to a 62-38 victory against Escalon in Game 2.

The Cougars won the previous meeting by 10 points at their home tournament.

"We played better defense today," Pimentel said.

The Bulldogs held the Cougars scoreless for the opening 9:15 of the second half.

Pimentel paced Ceres High with a team-high 14 points.

Edgar Lopez added 10 points.

Mark Schwark (nine points), Lance Hunter (eight points and five blocks), Tyler Cummings (eight points), John Dhillon (five points), Vineel Kumar (five points) and Kendall Vertner (three points) contributed as well.

The Bulldogs improved to 3-2 against Pitman this summer following last week's 59-41 win.

"We were communicating and hustling out there," Beau said. "We wanted it more."

Pimentel led the way with 16 points.

Hunter, Schwark and Dhillon collected 11, eight and seven points, respectively.

Cummings and Lopez had six points apiece.

Vertner and Kumar added three and two points each.

Ceres High will be competing in the wide-open Valley Oak League during the 2009-10 school year.

Manteca returns one of the Stanislaus District's top players in point guard Kiwi Gardner.

"We all want to do good," Pimentel said.