Ceres High School's youth-laden varsity boys basketball team gained valuable experience at the 41st Annual Godinez Tournament this past week in Turlock.
Competing with a starting lineup featuring one senior, two juniors, one sophomore and one freshman, the Bulldogs won one of three games en route to finishing in seventh place.
"We could have done better," senior shooting guard/small forward Inder Sandhu said. "But we're young. We're still learning how to play together."
Ceres High closed out the tournament by winning its finale 45-41 versus the Grace Davis Spartans in front of a sparse crowd Saturday afternoon.
"It was a scrappy game," head coach T.J. Walker said. "Two teams were fighting for a win."
Sandhu scored a team-high 12 points.
Junior Elijah Hughes scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Sophomore Dalton Durossette, freshman Derrick O'Neal, junior Christian Murry and sophomore Joshua Pernetti tallied six, five, four and two points, respectively.
The Bulldogs battled back from a double-digit deficit on their way to beating the Spartans.
"It started with our defense," Sandhu said. "We got stops and we scored on the offensive end."
Ceres High lost 54-49 to Ripon on Friday.
"They got stops and made shots," Walker said. "That was the difference."
Durossette paced the Bulldogs with 21 points.
O'Neal added 10 points.
Sandhu and Murry both collected seven points.
Hughes and junior D'Angelo Vasquez contributed two points.
The Indians avenged a 10-point loss suffered at the Stagg Tournament the previous week.
"They had a chip on their shoulder," Walker said.
Golden Valley dominated from beginning to end in defeating Ceres High 64-37 on Thursday.
Sandhu tallied a team-high 10 points for the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Joshua Pernetti added nine points.
Murry, Durossette, Hughes and O'Neal scored seven, six, three and two points, respectively.
"We would have had a better showing if we took care of the ball," Walker said. "We have issues with teams that like to press us. That's something we have to get better at."
Ceres High (3-3) will host the Ceres Holiday Classic this week at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs will face Pioneer on Friday (8 p.m.) and Gregori on Saturday (6:30 p.m.). "We're expecting to win and improve," Sandhu said. "It will be fun."