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CHS boys compile 1-1 record at Modesto JC

Staff reporter of the

Ceres (Calif.) Courier

Ceres High School's boys basketball team used multiple lineups during its opening week of Modesto Junior College Summer League Play.

Jimbo Pernetti, Caden Johnson, Abel Reyes, Abel Anaya, Angel Garcia, Jr. Garcia, Michael Ghimenti, Terry Brogdon, Dylan Canatsy and Jacob Edwards all contributed as the Bulldogs compiled a 1-1 record on June 7.

Harman Chung, Ceres High's top returning post player, did not compete. He's visiting family in India.

"We're in the beginning part of the summer," head coach Brian de la Porte said. "I don't care where we're at right now. It's what we could be. We're just trying to get better every day."

Ceres High won its Modesto JC opener, 28-26, versus Oakdale.

Johnson scored the go-ahead basket with 52 seconds left in regulation.

Ghimenti made the defensive play of the game when he drew a charge on Oakdale's DeWayne Finney with 14 seconds to play.

The Mustangs missed a potential, game-winning 3-pointer from the right wing.

Reyes led Ceres High in scoring with 10 points, including seven straight in the second half.

Johnson and Edwards added seven and six points, respectively.

Jr. Garcia had three points.

Ghimenti contributed two points.

The Bulldogs trailed 18-14 at intermission.

Ceres High lost 47-44 to East Union.

The Bulldogs' final shot attempt, a 3-pointer by Canatsy, was off the mark.

Johnson tallied a team-high nine points in defeat.

Pernetti totaled eight points.

Ghimenti and Jr. Garcia both scored seven points.

Canatsy collected five points.

Reyes and Brogdon finished with four points each.

Each contest lasted 40 minutes.

"We were a lot more competitive this week," said de la Porte, whose team lost to Bret Harte, Enochs, Riverbank, Ripon and Merced while compiling an 0-5 record at the Escalon tournament.

Ceres High graduated several key starters, including Binder Atwal and Jose Nava.

The Bulldogs will try to establish an identity this summer.

"It's going to be a wake-up call for a lot of the kids," de la Porte said. "I'm not concerned about wins and losses during the first two weeks. It's going to be a process. We need to improve every time we practice and play. Once the kids learn how to play defense together, you'll see results. We have a chance to be pretty good."

Bulldogs handle Huskies

The Bulldogs won their first game during Ceres High Girls Basketball Summer League Play.

Ceres posted a 42-24 victory over Hughson on Tuesday, June 5 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"They did a great job," Bulldogs head coach Vanessa Morris said.

Bryce Ford tallied a game-high 14 points for Ceres High, which built a 23-12 lead in the opening half.

Nicole Bates scored 13 points.

Dia Borden, Ryleigh Honberger and Kyndal Chapman contributed seven, five and two points, respectively.

Yvonne Verduzco had one point.

Bates, an incoming freshman, contributed at point guard.

"She's playing in the summer league," Morris said when asked if Nicole would be promoted to varsity during the 2012-13 regular season. "Nothing's set in stone."

Ceres High will be the host site for a total of 16 games, June 5-28, this summer. The Bulldogs will play eight games.

Ceres High and Hughson will face off four times. The Bulldogs will compete against Denair and Downey twice.

"Our goal is to always do better," Morris said.