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CHS boys 4th in WAC
Dawgs challenge first-place Raiders
Abel Reyes scored seven points during his final game with Ceres Highs varsity boys basketball team. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Harman Chung and Abel Reyes posed for a picture following the Ceres High School varsity boys basketball squad's 65-40 Western Athletic Conference loss to first-place Central Catholic on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Teammates for the past three seasons, Chung and Reyes competed together for the final time.

Chung, Reyes and fellow Bulldog seniors Jimmy Bates, Terry Brogdon, Dylan Canatsy, Angel Garcia and Junior Garcia garnered special recognition before the game.

"It's over," Chung said. "It's sad. It's the last time we'll put on a Ceres High jersey."

Ceres High compiled a 13-13 overall record and finished fourth in conference play (5-7).

Central Catholic improved to 22-5 on the year and captured the league title (12-0).

The top three teams in the WAC advanced to the playoffs, including the Raiders, Central Valley Hawks (9-3) and Patterson Tigers (8-4).

"I'm upset," Chung said. "We should have done better this year. I should have worked harder during the offseason."

Angel Garcia scored a team-high 11 points in defeat.

Chung totaled 10 points.

Reyes, Junior Garcia and Puneet Sahi contributed seven, four and three points, respectively.

Brogdon and Nick Burt chipped in with two points apiece.

Bates had one point.

Central Catholic's Jonathan Boddie led all scorers with 19 points. Joe Hamilton added 15 points.

Competitive early, Ceres High led 16-13 at the end of the first quarter.

The Raiders outscored the Bulldogs 40-13 in the middle periods.

Ceres High faced a 53-29 deficit heading into the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs challenged the Raiders in the opening half. "I wasn't surprised," Chung said. "I know what my team can do. I thought it was going to be a close game. We were pumped. It didn't work out. They started hitting shots."