Ceres High School's freshman boys basketball team pulled away for a 59-30 win over Pacheco on Feb. 16 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.
The season-ending victory gave the Bulldogs sole possession of second place in the Western Athletic Conference standings.
Ceres High also had to settle for runner-up honors last year.
"We haven't been able to get over the jump," Bulldogs head coach Tracy Bull said. "That's a little depressing."
The Bulldogs (19-4, 9-2) finished behind Patterson (11-0) in the WAC. El Capitan (9-3) placed third.
"The most talented team in the league was Patterson," Bull said. "They were athletic. They were a tough matchup."
Ceres High's Cristian Garcia and Inder Sandhu both scored a team-high 19 points against Pacheco.
Daniel Medina, Donnavin Koeurn and Cristian Anderson contributed six, four and three points, respectively.
Gurraj Purewal, Adrian Magdaleno, Vincent Guerrero and Jesus Mejia all chipped in with two points apiece.
Cristian Garcia, Ceres High's center, averaged 20 points per game this year.
Garcia might get promoted to varsity next season.
"He's a hard worker," Bull said. "He's a gym rat."
Ceres High led by only six points, 25-19, at halftime.
The Bulldogs seized the momentum with a 22-3 run during the second half.
"I didn't say a word at halftime," Bull said. "Phil de la Porte (Ceres High assistant coach) challenged the kids. He gave them a stern lecture. We came out on fire in the third quarter. Everybody stepped up. It was our last game. We let the whole bench play in the fourth quarter."
Ceres High had its WAC title hopes dashed late in the season.
The Bulldogs outscored their final two opponents, 117-61.
"We played hard and entertained people," Bull said. "We could have done better. That's the disappointing part."