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CHS falls in double overtime to Enochs
Austin Stiles, Cristian Garcia lead Dawgs in scoring with 19 each
Sophomore Cristian Garcia tallied 19 points during his debut with Ceres Highs varsity boys basketball team. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball team committed more than 20 turnovers and allowed 10 offensive rebounds during its season-opening 80-73 loss to Enochs in double overtime on Saturday in Modesto.

"It was a back-and-forth game," Bulldogs head coach Julio Marquez said. "Even though we didn't play that great, we still had a chance to win at the end of regulation and the first overtime. We have to learn how to finish games. Our guys got tired."

Senior guard Austin Stiles and sophomore center Cristian Garcia both scored a team-high 19 points for Ceres High.

Stiles buried six of his eight foul shots.

Garcia made seven of nine shots from the field and five of eight free throws during his debut with the Bulldogs.

Junior Haaydn Martinez knocked down 4 of 10 treys while totaling 17 points.

Juniors Ismael Ontiveros, Jordan McGrath and Jacob Langan tallied nine, six and two points, respectively.

Junior Marcellus Boykins added one point.

Stiles, Martinez and Nick Jones, three of the Bulldogs' starters, fouled out.

Andrew Sarkis poured in a game-high 32 points for the Eagles.

Sarkis shot 79 percent (22-for-28) from the charity stripe.

Charles Jones and Austin Haverdink had 19 and nine points, respectively.

Enochs shot twice as many free throws than Ceres High.

The Eagles converted 33 of their 48 foul shots.

The Bulldogs drained 16 of their 24 free throws.

Ceres High drilled nine 3-pointers in defeat.

Ceres High and Enochs battled to a 56-56 tie in regulation.

The two teams combined to score eight points in the first overtime.

The Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 20-13 during the second overtime. Sarkis made 12 of 14 freebies.

Marquez picked up back-to-back technical fouls and was ejected from the game at the 1:07 mark of the second overtime. He thought Stiles drew a foul on a layup attempt.

"I got on the refs," he said. "I thought there were a couple hard fouls that weren't called against them. I was trying to protect my players."