Julio Marquez and Brian de la Porte have been good friends for more than a dozen years.
They played varsity boys basketball together for one season at Ceres High.
Both returned to their alma mater to coach the sport.
Marquez was an assistant on de la Porte's staff for four years. Julio was promoted to head coach for the 2013-14 season following Brian's departure to Western Athletic Conference-rival Patterson.
On Saturday, Marquez's and de la Porte's teams faced off in the consolation title game of Turlock's 37th Annual Frank Godinez Tournament.
Ceres High and Patterson battled for 32 minutes.
The Bulldogs prevailed, 54-53.
Ceres High and Patterson placed fifth and sixth, respectively, at the eight-team event.
"I don't see it as bragging rights," said Marquez, a gracious winner. "It's a measuring stick for both teams for league. I know Brian will make some adjustments the next time we play and so will we."
Bulldog post player Harman Chung scored a team-high 15 points against the Tigers.
Abel Reyes, Joshneil Sandhu, Dylan Canatsy and Juan Anderson chipped in with 13, 10, seven and five points, respectively.
Junior Garcia and Terry Brogdon contributed two points each.
"It was an intense game," Marquez said. "Our seniors did a really good job."
Ceres High led 48-35 at the end of the third quarter.
The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 18-6 in the final period.
"I knew Brian's team wasn't going to quit," Marquez said. "That's the type of coach he is. We're both competitive coaches."
Ceres High compiled a 2-1 record at the Godinez event.
Chung garnered all-tourney honors.
"You always enjoy winning hardware," Marquez said. "It was a good learning experience for our guys. They bounced back after that Turlock loss. We're still not where we need to be."
Harman had 14 points during Ceres High's 62-46 loss to eventual-champion Turlock in the first round on Thursday.
Sandhu, Reyes and Junior Garcia tallied eight, six and four points, respectively.
Canatsy and Brogdon both scored two points.
Ceres High trailed 20-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Turlock outscored Ceres High 42-39 the rest of the game.
Fueled by its second-half performance, Ceres High beat McNair 65-53 on Friday.
The Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 35-23 after intermission to earn the victory.
Chung (18), Canatsy (17) and Reyes (12) combined for 47 points.
Burt and Junior Garcia collected six and three points, respectively.
Sandhu and Angel Garcia tallied two points each.