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Dupree, Muniz lead CHS basketball squad to second place
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Two undefeated teams squared off in the championship game of the Stonebarger Tournament at Liberty High School on Saturday.

Tennyson extended its winning streak to six straight with a 62-48 victory against the Ceres High varsity boys basketball team. The Bulldogs fell to 6-1 overall.

“They were good,” Ceres junior guard Ray Green said. “But we could have beat them. We just came out flat. We missed a lot of layups. We had a lot of turnovers.”

Bryant Hill led the Bulldogs with 15 points. Brett Sayad and Matt Schwark added eight and seven points, respectively.

Marc Traylor, the tournament's most valuable player, led the Pilots with 16 points. He averaged 20.6 points per game. All-tourney selections Andrew Davenport and Shaneel Narayan scored 15 and nine points, respectively, against the Bulldogs.

Ceres trailed by just one point, 23-22, at halftime.

The Lancers took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 21-11.

Tennyson shot four times as many free throws in the game. The Lancers converted 14 of 24 foul shots. The Bulldogs made 2 of 6.

Ceres (6-1) compiled a 2-1 record at the eight-team tournament. Kevin Dupree and Brad Muniz made the all-tourney team. Dupree, a 6-foot-5 forward-center, led the Bulldogs in scoring with 32 points (10.7 ppg). Muniz, a 5-foot-8 guard, was rewarded for his all-round game.

Ceres handled Samuel Hancock Christian of Stockton 59-41 in the semifinals on Friday.

Nine Bulldogs scored against the Eagles. Dupree tallied a team-high 17 points. Muniz, Steven Downs and Hill added nine, eight and six points, respectively. Sayad and Ross Tate had five points apiece.

Lamond Gray scored a game-high 18 points for Hancock. Joey Williams, Shawn Alexander and Troy Stallworth finished with eight, five and four points, respectively.

The Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 35-21 15 in the first half, including 21-11 in the second quarter.

Ceres allowed just six points in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs shot 50 percent (8-for-16) from the free-throw line. The Eagles shot 60 percent (15-for-25).

Ceres pounded Mt. Diablo of Concord 68-39 in the first round on Thursday.

Eleven Bulldogs scored against the Red Devils.

Downs had a team-high 10 points. Sayad and Dupree each scored nine points. Sayad and Green finished with eight and seven points, respectively. Hill and Andrew Chipponeri added six points apiece. Chipponeri made two 3-pointers. Sayad, Schwark and Tate all made one.

Tad Lefiti, Owo Ombio and Ronald Mares led Mt. Diablo with 14, 11 and nine points, respectively.

The Bulldogs outscored the Red Devils 32-10 in the first half, including 22-2 in the first quarter.

Ceres shot 73 percent (11-for-15) from the charity stripe. Mt. Diablo shot 40 percent (6-for-15). - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier