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Ceres High boys capture Monta Vista crown
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Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball team won the Monta Vista Invitational championship last week.

The Bulldogs compiled a 3-0 record and improved to 9-5 on the year.

John Dhillon took home the Most Valuable Player award. The senior point guard averaged 13.3 points per game.

Tre Haynes was named to the all-tourney team.

"We figured we had a good chance at winning this tournament," head coach Brian de la Porte said. "We're getting better. The kids get along pretty good. They enjoy each other's company. They joke around. When it's time to get serious, they do."

Ceres High pulled away for a 50-39 victory against Half Moon Bay in the title game on Thursday.

The Bulldogs converted 22 of 31 free throws.

"It was very physical," de la Porte said. "They tried to beat us up. We held our composure and grinded out a win."

Edgar Lopez scored a team-high 17 points.

Dhillon, Binder Atwal, Haynes and Chris Hilgen tallied 13, 10, six and four points, respectively.

The Bulldogs outscored the Cougars 25-13 in the middle periods.

"We played good defense," de la Porte said. "We held a team to under 40 points for the second game in a row. We're making teams work hard for shots."

Ceres High will begin Western Athletic Conference this Friday at Central Catholic. The contest will get underway at 7:30 p.m.

"The kids are excited," de la Porte said. "We have a chance to be a great team. We got a lot of basketball left. It's going to be a battle."