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Ceres High Schools varsity boys basketball team takes third at Oakdale tourney
Angel Garcia and Ceres High defeated Grace Davis 62-57 in the first round of the Oakdale tournament. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball team enjoyed a successful outing at another tournament.

The Bulldogs won two of three games on their way to a top-three finish in Oakdale last week.

Ceres High placed second at home and fifth in Turlock earlier this season.

"It's always good to win hardware," head coach Julio Marquez said. "Defensively, we're solid. We're pretty physical."

The Bulldogs managed to beat the host Mustangs 45-43 in the third-place game on Saturday despite competing shorthanded.

Point guard Abel Reyes did not play. He forgot his uniform.

"He brought his white one instead of his red," Marquez said.

Harman Chung led the Bulldogs with 20 points.

Jimmy Bates added a season-high 10 points.

Joshneil Sandhu and Junior Garcia scored five and four points, respectively.

Dylan Canatsy and Juan Anderson both scored three points.

Ceres High trailed 27-24 at the break.

Chung accounted for 10 of the Bulldogs' 12 third-quarter points.

"We want to get him the ball," Marquez said. "Our offense runs through him. He's really strong around the glass."

Down by one point, Ceres High outscored Oakdale 9-6 in the final period.

"We turned up our defense in the second half," Marquez said.

Ceres High tallied just 14 points in the first half of its 56-40 loss to Ripon Christian in the second-round of the tournament on Friday.

The Bulldogs faced a 23-14 deficit at intermission.

"Offensively, we didn't do anything right," said Marquez, who was ejected from the game for questioning a couple of calls. "I was trying to protect the kids."

Chung collected a team-high 19 points.

Bates and Sandhu totaled seven and six points, respectively.

Garcia and Canatsy contributed three points each.

Ceres High rallied for a 62-57 win over Grace Davis in the opening round on Thursday.

The Bulldogs outscored the Spartans 21-12 in the fourth quarter.

Chung (17), Sandhu (10) and Garcia (10) all scored in double figures.

Canatsy contributed nine points.

Reyes and Angel Garcia chipped in with five points apiece.

Terry Brogdon had four points.

"The kids really stepped up in the second half," Marquez said.

Ceres High (9-5) will play host to Los Banos in a Western Athletic Conference opener this Friday at 7:30 p.m.