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Dawgs win 7 of 11 at MJC
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The Ceres High boys basketball team finished participating in the Modesto Junior College Summer League on Thursday. The Bulldogs (7-4) won their final two contests. They defeated Calaveras and Denair.

"We did a lot better than we did last year," said Ceres junior Ross Tate. "But we're not even close to where we need to be. We have to work on everything."

Said Ceres coach Jason Martin: "They learned how to play together. And what I want out of them. They're trying to get better at defense."

The Bulldogs overcame a slow start and cruised past Calaveras, 47-35, in Game 2.

"We should beat a team like that," Tate said.

Added Martin: "We should have scored more inside."

Brett Sayad had 12 points for Ceres. Tate and Kevin Dupree added nine and six points, respectively.

The Bulldogs led 23-18 at the break. Sayad's dunk capped a 9-0 run and put Ceres ahead 15-6 with nine minutes remaining in the first half.

The Bulldogs outscored the Redskins 24-17 in the second half. Sayad, Tate and Bryant Hill each had five points.

Ceres allowed just seven points in the first half during its 70-18 victory over Denair in Game 1.

"It's hard to stay focused when you're in a game like that," said Tate, whose team maintained a 29-point lead at halftime.

Added Martin: "I'd rather play good teams. That's what makes you better."

Dupree tallied a team-high 12 points for the Bulldogs. Sayad and Hill each had 10 points. DaAron Grays and Brad Muniz both scored eight points. Tate and Steven Downs added seven points apiece. Chipponeri and Gallo totaled six and two points, respectively.

The Bulldogs outscored the Coyotes 34-11 in the second half.

"They were like sharks," Martin said. "They smelled blood." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier