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Bulldogs hurt by slow start
CHS opens season with 63-50 setback
Ceres Highs Joshneil Sandhu scored a team-high 14 points versus visiting Enochs on Friday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball team opened the 2014-15 season with a 63-50 loss to Enochs in non-conference play Friday evening at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"We were too emotional the first three quarters," Bulldogs senior guard Joshneil Sandhu said. "We didn't have our heads in the game. We picked it up in the fourth quarter."

Sandhu totaled a team-high 14 points.

He shot 19 percent (3 of 16) from the field and 22 percent (2 of 9) from 3-point range.

Joshneil shot 75 percent (6 of 8) from the free-throw line.

"I just couldn't find my shot," Joshneil said.

Bulldog sophomore Haaydn Martinez tallied eight points.

Austin Stiles and Brad Bussard chipped in with seven and five points, respectively.

Nick Burt, Puneet Sahi and Ramon Coral all scored four points.

Juan Anderson and sophomore Ismael Ontiveros both contributed two points.

CJ Jimmy led the Eagles with a game-high 26 points.

Matthew Page added 25 points.

The two teams were whistled for a combined 59 fouls, including 32 by Ceres High.

The Bulldogs fell behind by as much as 20 points in the second half.

Ceres High cut the deficit to nine twice in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs trailed 22-12 at halftime.

Ahead 54-45, Enochs used a 5-0 run to extend its lead to 14. Aurwinder Sangha scored inside and Page buried a 3-pointer.

Ceres High had four players foul out during the course of the game, including Sandhu, Stiles, Anderson and Burt.

Each team picked up two technical fouls.

"The whistle was being blown a lot," Coral said.