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CHS boys take third at home tournament
Ceres High School's frosh-soph boys basketball team managed to win just one of three games at the Ceres Holiday Tournament last week.

The third-place Bulldogs lost 41-34 to Pitman on Wednesday.

"It was good to play that type of game even though we lost," head coach Jim Pernetti said. "We're going to see that same type of play in league against Oakdale and Sonora."

Ceres High had to play the final two minutes of the game with just four players. Jimbo Pernetti, Binder Atwal, Lucas Tevaseu, Jr. Moniz and A.J. Fontana all fouled out.

"That's never happened in the 24 years I've been coaching," said Pernetti, who picked up a technical foul for complaining. "It was a one-sided football game. They (officials) evened it out at the end."

Atwal scored a team-high 12 points for Ceres High. Nick Welsh, Pernetti and Fontana added eight, six and four points, respectively. Tevaseu and Michael Vasquez both had two points.

The Bulldogs trailed 27-26 at the end of the third quarter.

Pitman outscored Ceres High 14-8 in the final eight minutes.

"We just needed to play tougher and be stronger with the ball," Jimbo said.

The Bulldogs stormed to a 34-23 lead in the first half and coasted to a 58-45 victory over Patterson on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Pernetti (17), Atwal (15) and Tevaseu (11) all scored in double figures for Ceres High.

Moniz, Welsh and Fontana contributed eight, five and two points, respectively.

The Bulldogs rallied from a double-digit deficit before losing 43-39 to Beyer on Monday, Dec. 28.

Pernetti paced Ceres High with 12 points.

Welsh and Atwal tallied eight and seven points, respectively.

Tevaseu and Moniz chipped in with six points apiece.

Atwal and Pernetti made the all-tournament team.

The Bulldogs begin Valley Oak League play this week with games against East Union, Sierra and Sonora.

"I think we'll be pretty competitive in league as long as we continue to work hard at practice," Jimbo said. "We have a pretty strong team."

Hawks squander lead

Central Valley High School frosh-soph boys basketball head coach Ryan Edwards had a message for his players at halftime of their non-conference game against visiting Bret Harte.

"I warned them. I told them pressure is coming. Be prepared."

The Hawks turned the ball over 18 times on their way to blowing a 10-point lead in the second half of Tuesday, Dec. 22's 47-35 loss to the Bullfrogs.

"We just got stagnant," Edwards said. "Nobody wanted to move. We lost focus."

Central Valley's Edgar Urbieta tallied a team-high 12 points before exiting the game with an ankle injury early in the fourth quarter. Mark Santos, Ben Magana, Camron Thornton and Jonathon Martinez added nine, seven, five and two points, respectively.

Daniel Radford paced Bret Harte with 11 points. Jordan Gomez and Derrick Gomez contributed 10 and seven points, respectively.

Central Valley led 22-12 at the break.

The Bullfrogs outscored the Hawks 35-13 in the second half. Bret Harte made four 3-pointers.

"The fluidness of the first half was gone," Edwards said. "Nothing was working."

Central Valley finished 1-10 during the preseason.