Ceres High's varsity boys basketball team lost to Patterson and Los Banos during the opening week of Western Athletic Conference play.
The youth-laden Bulldogs dropped to 7-11 overall and 0-2 in the WAC standings.
Senior Inder Sandhu believes that it's only a matter of time before Ceres High gets rewarded for its hard work and commitment.
"We're right there," he said. "We just need to execute better, work more as a team and have trust in each other."
Reigning WAC-champion Patterson topped visiting Ceres High 67-40 Friday night.
Sophomore Dalton Durossette led the Bullldogs with 12 points and five rebounds.
Junior Elijah Hughes added 10 points and four rebounds.
Both teams tallied nine points in the first quarter.
Patterson outscored Ceres High 58-31 the remainder of the game.
"They like to push the ball," Sandhu said. "We had trouble getting back on defense."
Host Ceres High lost 53-46 to Los Banos Wednesday night at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.
"They didn't surprise us," said Sandhu, who totaled six points and one block in defeat. "I knew they were going to be good. We still expected to win. That's the mentality we have every game. They just executed better."
Durossette totaled 15 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Hughes contributed 12 points and six rebounds.
Freshman Derrick O'Neal collected four points, three assists and one steal.
Junior Christian Murry had three points, two rebounds and one steal.
Junior Brock DeWitt had three points, one rebound and one assist.
Sophomore Joshua Pernetti had two points and two rebounds.
Sandhu and Ceres High are looking forward to facing Patterson and Los Banos again.
"It was a learning experience," he said. "I'm sure we'll do much better the next time we play those teams. We know their style of play."
Ceres High will travel to Livingston on Wednesday and host Pacheco on Friday.
Both games will begin at 7:15 p.m.
"The expectation is the same," Sandhu said. "We're going to play hard and try to get wins. Our goal is to make playoffs."