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Ceres High completes preseason basketball
Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball team completed the non-conference portion of its schedule with a second-place finish at the 30th Ceres Holiday Tournament this past week.

"We had a good preseason," head coach Brian de la Porte said. "Now, we're going into league. I think we have a good team."

The Bulldogs open Valley Oak League play this week carrying a respectable 6-5 record.

Ceres High's five losses were by a combined 23 points.

The Bulldogs played most of the preseason without 6-foot-2, 185-pound post player Beau Pimentel. He suffered a knee injury at the Modesto City Classic in December and will be sidelined for at least another two weeks.

"It sucks not having him," de la Porte said. "But our other kids are doing a good job, so I can't complain too much. We have a winning record."

Ceres High won two of three games at its home tournament last week.

The Bulldogs struggled offensively during their 42-36 loss to defending champion Pitman in the title game on Wednesday.

"Defensively, we played well," de la Porte said. "We just couldn't hit any shots. We had good looks. That was the difference."

Justin Canatsy scored a team-high 15 points for the Bulldogs. Lance Hunter and Tyler Cummings tallied six and five points, respectively. Mark Schwark and Katero Lebeau each had four points. Vineel Kumar added two points.

Ceres High raced to a commanding 16-point lead in the first half and never looked back in its 72-58 romp of Patterson on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Canatsy, Cummings and John Dhillon contributed 16 points apiece. Kumar and Lebeau collected 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Bulldogs cruised to a 59-44 win over Beyer on Monday, Dec. 28.

Canatsy led the way with a game-high 22 points. Kumar, Cummings, Lebeau and Dhillon totaled 10, eight, seven and six points, respectively.

Justin earned all-tournament honors. The senior guard averaged 17.7 points per game.

"He's been playing really well this year," de la Porte said. "I'm not surprised. We have all gotten better."

Ceres High will play host to Sierra today and travel to Sonora on Friday. Both games are set to tip off at 7:15 p.m.