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CHS secures split
Varsity Bulldogs pound visiting Livingston, suffer loss at Central Catholic
Ceres High junior Puneet Sahi creates space before unleashing a 3-pointer against Livingston. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball team beat one of its two league opponents last week.

The fourth-place Bulldogs improved to 4-5 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

"Playoffs is unlikely unless Patterson loses out," Ceres High head coach Julio Marquez said. "We can still finish the season with a winning record. That's what we're shooting for."

The Bulldogs posted a 69-36 win over Livingston on Wednesday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"It was fun to watch," Marquez said.

Austin Stiles tallied a career-high 14 points for Ceres High.

Nick Burt (12) and Joshneil Sandhu (11) also scored in double figures.

Harman Chung and Angel Garcia both had six points.

Junior Garcia and Puneet Sahi chipped in with five and three points, respectively.

The Bulldogs raced to a 35-11 lead in the opening half.

"We threw a couple different looks at them, defensively," Marquez said.

First-place Central Catholic survived, 73-62, while playing host to Ceres High on Friday.

"That's the best game we've played all year," Marquez said. "Every quarter was really competitive except for the third. They knocked their shots down."

Abel Reyes totaled a team-high 21 points for the Bulldogs.
Chung added 20 points.

Sandhu netted six points.

Stiles and Junior Garcia contributed five points each.

Ceres High trailed 33-30 at halftime.

The Raiders outscored the Bulldogs 26-16 in the third quarter.

Ceres High will play at Pacheco today and Livingston on Friday. Both games will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ceres High's junior-varsity boys basketball team dropped to 1-8 in WAC play after suffering back-to-back losses last week.

The Bulldogs fell behind early and never recovered in losing 84-20 to first-place Central Catholic on Friday in Modesto.

"We got blown out," Ceres High head coach Abel Maestas said. "They have a really good team."

Harman Bansal and Jacob Martinez both scored four points to lead the Bulldogs.

Martin Reyes and Louie Thomas had three points each.

Ceres High faced a 55-10 deficit at the break.

The Raiders outscored the Bulldogs 29-10 during the final 16 minutes.

Livingston defeated Ceres High 67-59 on Wednesday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"It was a close game," Maestas said. "We got tired at the end."

Jonathan Garcia netted a team-high 17 points for the Bulldogs, who trailed 31-27 at halftime.

Reyes and Bansal chipped in with 13 points apiece.

Ceres High (2-21) snapped an 18-game losing streak with a 59-23 win over Pacheco on Jan. 31.