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Dawgs destroy early season competitors
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The Ceres High varsity boys basketball team won a total of nine games last year. The 2005 Bulldogs got off to a promising start by winning their first four games, including three at the Modesto Classic in dominant fashion at Modesto High School, this past week.

Ceres (4-0) won by an average of 21 points per game at the round-robin event. The Bulldogs played as a functioning, cohesive unit. Their size and speed, and full-court trap defense was troublesome.

“I knew we would be good,” Ceres senior guard Matt Schwark said. “I didn't think we'd come out killing teams.”

The Bulldogs defeated Golden Valley 62-47 on Saturday. The score would have been worse if Ceres High didn't shoot 24 percent (3-for-14) from the free-throw line.

Ross Tate scored a game-high 17 points for the Bulldogs, including seven in the third quarter. Schwark and Kevin Dupree each had 12 points. Brett Sayad, Ray Green and Bryant Hill added 10, seven and four points, respectively.

Reid Herchenbach and Eric Green each tallied 14 points for the Cougars.

Ceres led 25-19 at the break.

The Bulldogs outscored Golden Valley 37-28 in the second half, including 26-9 in the third quarter.

Ceres buried four 3-pointers in the game. Green made two. Tate and Schwark both made one.

On Friday, the Bulldogs outscored Atwater 41-17 in the first half and cruised to a 62-38 victory.

Tate had a game-high 13 points, including two 3-pointers. Schwark, Sayad, Hill and Stephen Downs scored 10, nine, eight and six points, respectively.

Sergio Ortega, Dirk Nelson and Eric Wunder led the Falcons with 12, nine and five points, respectively.

Ceres maintained a 58-25 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs shot 57 percent (4-for-7) from the foul line for the game. Atwater shot 67 percent (6-for-9) from the charity stripe.

Ceres topped Manteca 68-44 on Thursday.

Ten Bulldogs scored against the Buffaloes, including Dupree, Sayad, Schwark, Hill, Tate, Green, Andrew Chipponeri, Ricardo Castellanos, Adarsh Brar and Joe Gallo.

Dupree tallied a team-high 16 points. Sayad had 13 points. Schwark and Chipponeri both scored six points. Hill added five points. Green, Castellanos, Brar and Gallo all contributed two points.

Derek Kulberg scored a team-high 16 points for the Buffaloes. He buried four 3-pointers. Jeff Twidwell added 10 points.

The Bulldogs led 55-26 at the end of the third quarter. - By DALE BUTLER /Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier