Ceres High’s varsity boys basketball team compiled a 2-1 record while playing three games in a four-day span last week.
The Bulldogs evened their overall record at 8-8 with a 53-51 road win over Ripon Christian in non-league play on Saturday.
Ceres High had three players score in double figures, including sophomore Derrick O’Neal, freshman Verlis Smith and Brock DeWitt.
O’Neal totaled 13 points, four assists, one rebound and one steal.
Smith collected 11 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal.
DeWitt contributed 11 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal. He made three of seven 3-pointers.
Ceres High shot 42 percent (18 of 43) from the field, 40 percent (6 of 14) from 3-point range and 65 percent (11 of 17) from the free-throw line for the game.
Tied at 37-all, the Bulldogs outscored the Knights 16-14 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
Ceres High improved to 2-4 in the Western Athletic Conference after edging out host Johansen 46-44 Friday evening.
The Bulldogs moved into a tie for fifth place in the WAC standings with the Vikings.
Isaiah Alcorn led the way with nine points, one rebound, one assist and one steal. He made three of five treys.
Christian Murry had eight points, eight rebounds and six steals.
O’Neal had seven points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Ceres High shot 79 percent (11 of 14) from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs committed just 13 turnovers.
Ceres High challenged WAC-rival Los Banos in the opening half of last Wednesday’s 62-42 home loss at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs trailed by just eight points, 27-19, at intermission.
Fourth-place Los Banos (15-5, 3-3) outscored Ceres High 35-23 during the second half.
The Bulldogs contributed to their own downfall by committing 18 turnovers, shooting just 14 percent (2 of 14) from 3-point range and totaling just four assists.
Ceres High’s Elijah Hughes tallied 13 points and eight rebounds versus Los Banos.
Murry had eight points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Sophomore Gurbrinder Singh had five points, one rebound and one steal.
Ceres High will host first-place Mountain House (12-5, 6-0) today and third-place Lathrop (12-6, 4-2) on Friday at 7:15 p.m.