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Dawgs end 3-game skid with 54-39 victory over winless Livingston
Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak this past week.

The visiting Bulldogs beat winless Livingston 54-39 Friday night and moved into a three-way tie for fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference standings with Central Valley and Pacheco.

"Our kids really settled down in the second half," Ceres High head coach Brian de la Porte said. "We played pretty good defense. Anytime you give up less than 40 points in a game, that's an accomplishment."

The Bulldogs improved to 4-16 on the year and 2-3 in league play.

The Wolves dropped to 3-16 and 0-6.

Binder Atwal led the Bulldogs in scoring with a game-high 16 points.

Harman Chung and Jimbo Pernetti added 10 and nine points, respectively.

Caden Johnson and Abel Reyes both tallied seven points.

Jr. Garcia had one point.

Sean Brunelle paced Livingston with a team-high 13 points.

Harkamal Singh added nine points.

Ahead by just one point, Ceres High outscored Livingston 34-20 after intermission.

The Wolves led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter. Johnson's desperation, half-court shot at the buzzer cut the deficit to three.

The Bulldogs lost 57-44 to Patterson Wednesday night in Ceres.

Ceres High will face crosstown-rival Central Valley on the road today at 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs have won the last four meetings.

"It's a big game for both teams," de la Porte said. "I think we're evenly matched. They're young just like us. It's going to be a battle. It's going to come down to whoever takes care of the ball better and hits timely shots."