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Bulldogs finish second again
CHS boys win two of three games at home tourney
Ismael Ontiveros (pictured left) and Ceres High battled Wyatt Ames and Calaveras at the Phil de la Porte Holiday Tournament on Thursday in Ceres. The Redskins pulled away for a 65-51 win over the host Bulldogs. Ceres High and Calaveras placed second and first, respectively. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity boys basketball team placed second in tournament play for the second week in a row.

The Bulldogs won two of three games at the Phil de la Porte Holiday Tournament in Ceres.

"We had a good showing," head coach Julio Marquez said. "Hopefully, we get better."

Ceres High took control early and held on for a 59-51 victory against Delhi on Saturday.

The Hawks are coached by former Bulldogs leader Brian de la Porte. Marquez and de la Porte have been friends since high school. Julio assisted Brian for four seasons at Ceres High.

"I've seen Brian's team play a few times," Marquez said. "This is one of the better games they've played. They're always competitive. They're not going to quit. We're a bigger school. Our personnel is different. They don't have the size that we do."

Bulldog post player Cristian Garcia collected a team-high 17 points.

Haaydn Martinez and Nick Jones chipped in with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Inder Sandhu and Gurraj Purewal both had six points.

Ismael Ontiveros added four points.

"We made sure Garcia got a lot of touches," Marquez said. "A lot of teams don't have guys that can compete with his size in the paint. That gave our shooters more space and opportunities."

Ceres High led 18-10 at the end of the first quarter.

The Bulldogs outscored the Hawks 13-8 in the fourth quarter.

"I learned a lot when I coached under him (de la Porte)," Marquez said. "We pretty much run the same offenses and defenses. It's always nice to win when our teams play. We want both of us to be successful."

Ceres High dominated from beginning to end in posting an 82-34 win over Able Charter of Stockton on Friday.

Jake Nevarez paced the Bulldogs with 16 points.

Martinez, Sandhu, Jones and Austin Schmidt tallied 12, 11, 10 and nine points, respectively.

Ontiveros scored six points
Purewal netted five points.

Blane Abeyta and Vincent Guerrero finished with four points each.

Adrian Magdaleno had three points.

Garcia added two points.

Ceres High built a commanding 26-3 lead in the first quarter.

"The second-string guys got a lot of minutes," Marquez said.

Ceres High lost 65-51 to Calaveras on Thursday.

"It was a good game," Marquez said. "We just didn't execute down the stretch."

Martinez buried five treys on his way to tallying a team-high 18 points.

Garcia, Jones and Ontiveros all scored eight points.

The Bulldogs shot 28 percent (7 of 25) from 3-point range for the game.

Calaveras outscored Ceres High 26-14 in the final period.

"We just didn't shoot the ball well," Marquez said. "Our defense wasn't great. We got tired and had some careless turnovers."

Martinez earned all-tournament honors for the second consecutive week.

Haaydn averaged 14 points per game.

"He's really improved his game," Marquez said. "Not only his scoring but his defense."

Jones was also an all-tourney selection.

"He understands what his role on the team is," Marquez said. "He does all the dirty work."

Ceres High (5-5) will face host Delhi on Thursday at 6 p.m.