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Ceres High shares VOL championship
Ceres High's sophomore boys basketball team did what it was supposed to do against city-rival Central Valley last week.

The Bulldogs closed out the Valley Oak League season with a 64-35 pasting of the visiting Hawks in front of a large crowd on Friday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"It feels good because they're our rivals," Ceres High forward Tyler Cummings said. "We wanted to kill them by more."

Eleven different players scored for the Bulldogs, who finished in a tie for first place with Oakdale in the VOL standings this year at 14-2 record.

Cummings had a game-high 13 points. Beau Pimentel, John Dhillon, Edgar Lopez and Ruminder Dhillon tallied 12, 10, six and five points, respectively. Jeremy Cagle and Chris Hilgen contributed four points apiece. Dustin Baisdon and Kendall Vertner both collected three points. Tyler Brenning and Jeremy Ford added two points each.

"We had such a good season," Cummings said.

Hector Jacobo led the Hawks (6-10 VOL) with 10 points. Tyree Jones and Nate Villegas had six points apiece. David Griffin and Christian Gil scored five and four points, respectively. Jamal Wessinger and Jose Barragon contributed two points each.

"It's heartbreaking that we lost by that much," Jones said. "I thought it was going to be a lot closer. They just played more intelligent and aggressive. We could have gave more."

Ceres High outscored Central Valley 32-15 in the opening half. Pimentel accounted for 12 of the Bulldogs' 17 first-quarter points.

"We were all pumped up," Cummings said. "He (Beau) got us going."

Central Valley's Ryan Sandner took an inadvertent elbow to the mouth from Pimentel in the first half and didn't return to the game. Sandner sustained two broken bones in his face and had to have surgery the same day according to Hawks head coach Mike Holliday.

Holliday got ejected midway through the fourth quarter after picking up back-to-back technical fouls.

Ceres High head coach Jim Pernetti emptied his bench after intermission.

"I had a lot of fun watching them play," Cummings said. "When they score, it's exciting."