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Bulldogs dominate in basketball
CHS boys improve to 2-2 in Western Athletic Conference
Freshman Derrick ONeal and Ceres Highs varsity boys basketball team defeated Pacheco and Livingston in Western Athletic Conference last week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity boys basketball program evened its Western Athletic Conference record at 2-2 this past week after securing wins against Pacheco and Livingston.

"Total team effort," head coach T.J. Walker said.

The Bulldogs entertained their homecoming crowd Friday night with a football-like-score of 47-17 versus the Pacheco Panthers at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"We started off slow offensively but the defense was there all night," Walker said.

Ceres High improved to 9-12 the year.

Pacheco dropped to 4-9 and 0-3.

Junior post player Elijah Hughes totaled 16 points, 11 rebounds and one steal versus the Panthers.

"Elijah followed up a big night on Wednesday with another dominating performance against Pacheco," Walker said. "If he continues this play consistently, we're definitely a better team."

Junior Christian Murry tallied 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Sophomore Dalton Durossette collected 10 points, one rebound and three steals.

Inder Sandhu had seven points and five rebounds.

Freshman Derrick O'Neal had three points, four assists, three steals and one rebound.

Ceres High snapped a six-game losing streak with a 79-60 road victory over Livingston on Jan. 17.

Hughes led the way with 25 points, seven rebounds, three steals and one assist.

"Elijah was a beast down low," Walker said. "Best game for him of the year both offensively and defensively."

Durossette contributed 17 points, 12 rebounds and three assists.

"Dalton continues to be our best all-round player nightly," Walker said. "He picked up two early fouls but filled the stat sheet."

Inder Sandhu had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Freshman Derrick O'Neal had eight points, five assists, one rebound and one steal.

Murray had six points, four rebounds and two assists.

Brock Moore had four points, one rebound and one assist.

Brock DeWit had three points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Ceres High outscored Livingston 41-24 in the opening half.

Ceres High will play host to crosstown-rival Central Valley (6-14, 0-3) today and at Los Banos (12-8, 2-2) on Friday.

Both games will begin at 7:15 p.m.