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Bulldogs entertain homecoming crowd
• CHS boys basketball team whips Davis 63-30 in conference play
Samar Singh
Samar Singh tallied a game-high 20 points in propelling Ceres High’s varsity boys basketball team past visiting Grace Davis, 63-30, on Jan. 11 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium. - photo by Photo courtesy of Steven Tomao

Ceres High’s varsity boys basketball team turned in an impressive outing during its Homecoming game last week.

The Bulldogs ended a seven-game losing streak dating back to Jan. 11 with a 63-30 victory over the Grace Davis Spartans Friday evening at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

“The boys played well all night long. I wish we could bottle up that energy every game.”
Coach T.J. Walker Jr.

“It (Homecoming) brought out the best in everybody,” head coach T.J. Walker Jr. said. “The boys played well all night long. I wish we could bottle up that energy every game.”

Sixth-place Ceres High improved to 8-16 overall and 2-8 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

Last-place Grace Davis dropped to 5-19 and 0-10.

The Bulldogs bounced back in a big way following their 85-40 home loss to first-place Beyer on Jan. 29.

“It was needed,” Walker said. “We hit a rough patch. We had a tough schedule in January.”

Ceres High’s Samar Singh scored a game-high 20 points against Grace Davis.

“I don’t’ even know how to explain it,” Walker said while talking about Singh’s upside. “He’s still learning. He hasn’t fully tapped into his abilities. He has so much more in him.”

The Smith brothers, Verlis and Daquan, both tallied nine points.

Verlis Smith also dunked for the first time in a game.

He thrilled Ceres High fans with a one-handed jam off a steal in the first period.

“The place erupted,” Walker said. “I wasn’t shocked. I see where he finishes on his layups. It was just a matter of time of him being more aggressive. We believe in him and what he can do.”

Singh tallied a team-high 15 points versus Beyer.

Andrew Kommavong added 12 points.

Ceres High will play at Pachecho today and Grace Davis on Friday.

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

The Bulldogs’ final two opponents are Mountain House (Feb. 11) and Los Banos (Feb. 13).

“We’re trying to finish the season off strong,” Walker said. 

Verlis Smith
Sophomore Verlis Smith elevates for his first-ever dunk during the Ceres High boys basketball team’s 63-30 blowout of visiting Grace Davis this past week.