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Dawgs struggle in second half in loss
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Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball team dropped to fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference following Friday night's 66-43 setback at Patterson.

The third-place Tigers (6-4) have a one-game lead over the Bulldogs (5-5) in the league standings. Ceres High won four of its previous five contests.

"We didn't play as well as we have been playing," Bulldogs head coach Brian de la Porte said.. "You got to give Patterson credit."

Binder Atwal led Ceres High with 15 points. Jimbo Pernetti, Harman Chung and Abel Reyes scored 10, nine and five points, respectively. Caden Johnson and Jose Nava had two points apiece.

The Bulldogs challenged Patterson for two-plus quarters.

Ceres High trailed by just one point, 29-28, with three minutes left in the third period. "It was pretty close up to that point," de la Porte said. "We turned the ball over and they got hot."

The Bulldogs close out the WAC season this week versus visiting Livingston today and Central Valley on Friday. Both games will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ceres High could finish in a tie for third place with the Tigers.

"If we win our last two games, we'll be 7-5 in league," de la Porte said. "We want to finish the season strong. The good part is we have two home games. We'll see what happens."

Central Valley will be Ceres High's Senior-Night opponent.

Atwal and Nava will try to lead the Bulldogs to their sixth straight win versus the Hawks.

"To beat them, you have to defend their shooters for a full 32 minutes," de la Porte said.


Ceres High's freshman boys basketball team faced a tough task when it traveled to Patterson on Friday.

The short-handed Bulldogs, playing without their second-leading scorer, lost 60-41 to the undefeated Tigers.

Ceres High's Joshneil Sandhu missed the game to avoid re-aggravating a finger/hand injury. "It wasn't a tough decision," Bulldogs head coach Tracy Bull said. "I know he wanted to play.

Post player Caleb McDade scored a team-high 22 points for the Ceres High, which dropped to 4-6 in WAC. Juan Anderson added seven points.

The Bulldogs will play host to Central Valley on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

The crosstown Hawks won the first meeting, 48-37. Central Valley put the game out of reach with a 13-4 run.