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Dawgs win one of three
Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball team collected one win and two losses during the first week of the Valley Oak League season.

"To be honest, we've been playing good defense for six games now," head coach Brian de la Porte said. "We're just not shooting the ball well."

The Bulldogs dropped to 7-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play following Friday night's 47-36 loss at Sonora.

Katero Lebeau led Ceres High with 10 points.

John Dhillon had nine points.

Justin Canatsy and Mark Schwark scored six points each.

Tyler Cummings totaled four points.

Lance Hunter added one point.

Ahead 17-14, the Bulldogs were outscored 33-19 over the final 24 minutes.

"We just went cold after the first quarter," de la Porte said. "We still had a chance."

Ceres High struggled in the first quarter of its 67-56 loss at Sierra on Wednesday.

"We got off to a bad start and it cost us," de la Porte said. "They made us work for everything."

Hunter (20), Canatsy (14) and Dhillon (11) shouldered the scoring load with a combined 45 points.

The Bulldogs faced a 17-9 deficit heading into the second quarter.

Ceres High defeated East Union, 75-64, in a VOL opener on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"I thought we did a good job against them," Brian said.

The Bulldogs had multiple contributors on offense, including Canatsy (18), Hunter (17), Lebeau (15). Cummings (11), Dhillon (eight), Schwark (three) and Vineel Kumar (three).

Ceres High limited Jordan Kron, East Union's top scorer, to just six points.

The Lancers made the contest interesting by outscoring the Bulldogs 47-37 after intermission.

Ceres High had built a 38-17 lead in the first half.

"We got a little sloppy but still won the game," de la Porte said. "The kids held their composure."

The Bulldogs host Weston Ranch today and Lathrop on Friday. Both games tip off at 7:15 p.m.