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Bulldogs improve in basketball
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Ceres High School's varsity girls basketball team finished fifth overall with a 1-2 at the Woodland tournament.

The Bulldogs lost all three of their games at the Kelly O'Shea Classic the previous week.

"As a group, we thought they did better," coach Phil de la Porte said. "They played to their potential."

Ceres High sophomore standout Bryce Ford averaged 19.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She was named to the all-tournament team.

"Bryce has an opportunity to be a very good player and her teammates are helping her," de la Porte said.

Ceres High hammered Pioneer 48-17 in the fifth-place game on Saturday.

Ford poured in 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Lili Jaimes and Jessica Ellsworth added 10 and nine points, respectively.

The Bulldogs outscored the Patriots 22-3 in the opening half.

"It doesn't matter who we play," de la Porte said. "We expect certain things from our players every single game. We're evaluating them."

Ceres High lost 52-25 to Will C. Wood on Friday.

Ford collected 19 points and eight rebounds.

The Bulldogs trailed by 13 points at halftime.

Woodland edged Ceres High 43-38 on Thursday.

Ford tallied 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

Ellsworth totaled five points and seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs outscored the Wolves 19-7 in the fourth quarter.

The Ceres Lions Club Tournament will be staged, Dec. 16-18, at Ceres High.

The Bulldogs will Atwater on Thursday (7:30 p.m.), Bret Harte on Friday (7:30 p.m.) and Manteca on Saturday (2:30 p.m.).

Varsity boys recap

Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball team routed Johansen 64-36 at the Modesto City Tournament on Dec. 3.

The Bulldogs didn't underestimate the Vikings during last week's rematch.

Ceres High took control with a 17-4 run in the first quarter and rolled to a 69-51 victory Wednesday night in Modesto.

"The best part is the kids were focused," Bulldogs head coach Brian de la Porte said. "We played really well. We didn't have a letdown."

John Dhillon had a game-high 21 points for Ceres High, which improved to 3-2 in non-conference play.

Edgar Lopez scored 16 points.

Tre Haynes, Binder Atwal, Chris Hilgen, Hadon Lopez and Mehtab Sekhon added 11, eight, six, three and two points, respectively.

The Bulldogs outscored the Vikings 39-10 in the opening half.

Ahead by more than 30 points, Ceres High emptied its bench midway through the third quarter. Lopez, Sekhon, George Borden, Kendall Vertner, Jeremy Cagle, Josh Sasamoto and Jose Nava all received valuable playing time.

The Bulldogs executed their game plan to perfection.

"We want to be a great team," de la Porte said. "We still got some areas we need to improve on."