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D.C. United wins twice in Las Vegas
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The D.C. United 16-and-under AAU boys basketball team concluded its summer schedule on July 25.

The Ceres-based traveling squad won two of five games at the 2nd Annual Nike Main Event in Las Vegas. The tournament featured 72 teams from 24 different states.

"I can't complain," said Ceres coach Brian de la Porte. "The kids played awesome for three days."

D.C. United compiled a 1-1 record in the Silver Championship Bracket on July 25.

D.C. United beat the Colorado Warriors by 15 points in the morning. D.C. United lost by 12 points to the Texas Top Prospects Black in the evening. Texas claimed the title with a 6-0 record.

D.C. United went 1-2 in pool play.

D.C. United defeated the Portland Elite Legends 64-57 on July 24. D.C. United lost 65-64 to the Rhode Island Breakers on July 23 and 67-60 to the South Texas Stallions on July 22.

"There was no bad teams in the tournament," de la Porte said. "Sixty of them were good."

D.C. United featured seven players from Ceres High, including Ross Tate, Kevin Dupree, DaAron Grays, Brett Sayad, Steven Downs, Ray Green and Andrew Chipponeri, and two players from Grace Davis, including Eric Waterford and Leroy Velasquez.

Tate, Dupree, Grays, Sayad, Downs, Green and Chipponeri will suit up for the Ceres High varsity boys basketball team in 2005-06.

"We have a lot of work to do," de la Porte said. "We need to get bigger, stronger and faster." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier