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Frosh-soph Bulldogs win in thrilling fashion
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The Ceres and Turlock high school frosh-soph boys basketball teams battled for 32 minutes on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Binder Atwal buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Ceres High stunned Turlock, 40-39, on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Bulldog Arena.

"It was very exciting," head coach Jim Pernetti said.

Atwal and Lucas Tevaseu both scored 12 points for Ceres High, which played shorthanded due to injury and illness. Nick Welsh had seven points. Michael Vasquez and Jr. Moniz chipped in with five points apiece.

Ceres High won despite converting just 10 of 20 free throws. Turlock also struggled from the foul line (8 of 15).

"We weren't having a great game either but we pulled it out," coach Pernetti said.

Atwal's game-winning shot from the left baseline came after Turlock called a timeout. Vasquez delivered the pass from underneath Ceres High's basket. Binder missed a key free throw late in the fourth quarter of his team's 49-48 loss to Grace Davis at the Modesto City Classic earlier this month.

"He redeemed himself," said Ceres High teammate Jimbo Pernetti, who did not play against Turlock because of a calf injury. Pernetti participated in the postgame celebration.

With the win, Ceres High improved to 5-3 overall.