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Dawgs win three games at Atwater tournament
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The Ceres High freshman boys basketball team compiled a 3-0 record at the Atwater High School Tournament.

The seven-team tourney was held at Buhach Colony High School.

"This is the best we've played this season," said Ceres coach Nick Marchy.

The Bulldogs (7-2) weren't rewarded. No trophies or plaques were handed out.

"I was hoping we would get something or they would have a placing but they didn't," Marchy said.

"The kids were disappointed."

Ceres played three games in two days.

The Bulldogs beat Merced 45-27 on Thursday.

Yama Noorzai tallied a team-high 16 points, including three 3-pointers in the first half, for Ceres. Sean McLeod and Tony Marquez had eight and five points, respectively. Edwin Hooten and Andre Walcott both scored four points.

Each team scored 18 points in the first half.

The Bulldogs outscored the Bears 27-9 in the second half, including 15-5 in the fourth quarter.

"Our defense stepped it up in the third and fourth quarters," Marchy said. "It's probably the best half of defense we have played all year."

Ceres shot just 30 percent (6-for-20) from the free-throw line. Merced shot 33 percent (2-for-6) from the foul line.

Ceres won twice on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs beat Buhach Colony 54-44 and Atwater 52-46.

Noorzai scored a career-high 25 points, including 11 in the first quarter, against the Thunder. He made five 3-pointers.

Hooten and McLeod had 11 and six points, respectively. Marquez, Gerald Garcia and Anthony Espinoza all had four points.

Ceres led 41-21 at halftime.

The Bulldogs shot 50 percent (8-for-16) from the free-throw line. Buhach Colony shot 43 percent (6-for-14).

McLeod and Marquez each had 10 points, Hooten scored eight and Walcott added six during the Bulldogs' win over the Falcons. Ceres led 27-15 at intermission. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier