Ceres High’s varsity boys basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak and earned its first league win of the season with a 48-38 victory over Pacheco Friday evening at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs improved to 7-10 overall and 1-3 in the Western Athletic Conference standings. “This is just the beginning,” Ceres High junior post player Samar Singh said. “If we have good mindsets, keep playing together as a team and get rid of the small mistakes we make, we can be as good as any other team we play. The talent is there. We just have to believe in ourselves.”
Ceres High had a host of contributors during its win against Pacheco (6-6, 1-2).
Singh scored nine points, grabbed 11 rebounds and tallied three steals.
Andrew Kommavong had 11 points and one rebound.
Verlis Smith had nine points, three rebounds and three steals.
Mike Leon had five points, three steals and one rebound.
Josh Pernetti had four points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Malakhi Shimon had four points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Fernando Franco had three points and two steals.
Isaiah Alcorn had three points and one assist.
“We did the small things right. As long as everyone does their part, it will get us wins.”Samar Singh
Ceres High lost 49-40 to Johansen in WAC play on Jan. 8 in Modesto.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over 16 times against the Vikings (4-13, 2-2).
“We tried to play at their pace, which caused more turnovers,” Singh said.
Singh led Ceres High with 18 points, 11 rebounds and one steal.
Inderraj Dhillon added six points and one steal.
Smith had four points, three rebounds and one steal.
Franco had four points.
Shimon had three points, five steals, three rebounds and one assist.
“I really have high expectations for myself,” Singh said. “If you don’t have a good mindset, you’ll never get better.”