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Dawgs finish fourth at Davis-Yolo tourney
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Downey stormed back from a 10-point, halftime deficit and defeated the Ceres High varsity boys basketball team 39-34 in the third-place game of the Davis-Yolo Tournament on Saturday.

"We were playing not to lose instead of to win," said Ceres coach Jason Martin.

Zeph Tyson had a game-high 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and Donny Mekeel scored 12 points for the Knights, who improved to 7-2 overall.

Zack Wiedenbeck and Charlie Cunha scored 11 and nine points, respectively, for Ceres (3-6).

"Our chemistry is getting a lot better every game," Martin said.

The Bulldogs led 26-16 at intermission, 32-25 at the end of the third quarter.

"We played a great first half," Martin said.

Downey outscored Ceres 14-2 in the fourth quarter.

"We have to learn how to finish off teams and play 32 minutes of basketball," Martin said.

The Bulldogs won one of three games at the eight-team tournament. Wiedenbeck made the all-tourney team.

Del Oro defeated Ceres 54-37 in the semifinals Friday night.

Wiedenbeck, Cunha and Matt Schwark had 11, eight and four points, respectively, for the Bulldogs.

Alex Lewis scored a game-high 16 points, and Brandon Ford, Matt Cassell and Luke Vaughn had six points apiece for Del Oro.

Del Oro took control by outscoring Ceres 20-6 in the second quarter. The Bulldogs led 11-4 at the end of the first quarter.

Del Oro outscored Ceres 30-20 in the second half.

The Bulldogs shot 60 percent (12-for-20) from the free-throw line for the game. Del Oro shot 70 percent (14-for-20).

Schwark, Wiedenbeck and Cunha scored 11, 10 and nine points, respectively, in leading the Bulldogs to a 46-42 win over host Davis in the opening round of the tourney on Thursday.

Ceres led 25-24 at the break, and outscored Davis 21-18 in the second half, including 15-11 in the fourth quarter.

Sonora edges Ceres

Cunha and Rafael Valencia each had 14 points during the Bulldogs' 56-54 loss to the Wildcats in non-league play at Ceres High School on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Dustin Scholl scored a game-high 17 points, including the game-winning basket, and teammate Ryan Robertson added 10 points for Sonora.

Ceres led 25-21 at intermission.

The Wildcats outscored the Bulldogs 35-29 in the second half. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier