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Ceres High winless at 38th Godinez Tournament
CHS struggles at Turlock event
Ceres Highs Nick Burt grabs a rebound versus Turlock in the first round of the 38th Godinez Tournament. - photo by CANDY PADILLA/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball team experienced a reversal of fortune-in a bad way.

The Bulldogs compiled an 0-3 record on their way to a last-place finish at the 38th Annual Godinez Tournament, staged Dec. 11-13, at Turlock High.

Ceres High (3-4) won all three of its games while capturing the Big Valley Christian tourney crown the previous week.

"There was better competition here," Bulldogs center Ramon Coral said. "But it doesn't matter who you're playing. You have to play to your potential. It (losing) is going to make us work harder at practice. We need to make sure everybody is on the same page."

Pitman rallied for a 65-44 win over Ceres High in the seventh-place game of the Godinez event on Dec. 13.
Nick Burt finished with a team-high 10 points for the Bulldogs.

Coral, Joshneil Sandhu, Ismael Ontiveros and Xavier Mendoza tallied eight, seven, six and four points, respectively.
Stiles and Haaydn Martinez scored three points each.
Puneet Sahi contributed two points.

Brad Bussard had one point.

Ceres High led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter.

The Pride outscored the Bulldogs 56-29 during the final three periods.

"We didn't box out," Coral said. "They got so many offensive rebounds."
McNair edged Ceres High 57-55 on Dec. 12.

"We competed," Coral said. "We should have beaten them. If I would have made my free throws, we would have won the game."

Sandhu poured in a team-high 21 points for the Bulldogs.

Coral and Stiles chipped in with 12 points apiece.

Sahi and Burt added seven and three points, respectively.

Eventual-champion Turlock topped Ceres High 66-37 in first-round action Dec. 11.

Ceres High fell behind 22-8 in the opening quarter and never recovered.

Coral collected a team-high nine points.

Stiles totaled eight points.

Sandhu, Burt, Martinez and Sani all contributed five points.

"We're all mad and disappointed," Coral said. "We got to bounce back and play better."