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Durossette leads Dawgs past Hawks
Ceres High frosh boys tie for first place in conference standings
Ceres Highs Josh Pernetti tallied 15 points versus crosstown-rival Central Valley. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Dalton Durossette did a little bit of everything during the Ceres High freshman boys basketball team's final regular-season game.

Durossette dished out assists, grabbed rebounds, blocked shots and scored at will as the Bulldogs throttled the crosstown-rival Hawks of Central Valley, 55-17, on Feb. 10 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"We played hard and got another win," Dalton said.

Ceres High shared the Western Athletic Conference title with Los Banos this winter.

The Bulldogs and Tigers compiled identical 9-1 records.

Central Valley (4-6) tied for third.

"Coming into the season, I didn't think we'd be great," Durossette said. "But the coaches pushed us every practice. We improved every day."

Durossette had a game-high 19 points for Ceres High.

Josh Pernetti made three treys on his way to tallying 15 points.

Jacob Rodriguez (one trey) and Dominic Magdaleno (two treys) chipped in with seven and six points, respectively.

Isaiah Alcorn and Robert Mahan both tallied four points.

Just three players scored for Central Valley.

Jesus Damian had a team-high 10 points.

Kadin Manor and Andruw Valencia tallied four and three points, respectively.

The Bulldogs dominated from the opening tip.

Ceres High outscored Central Valley 12-2 in the first quarter en route to building a comfortable 30-5 lead in the opening half.

The Bulldogs led 48-15 at the end of the third quarter.

Ceres High managed to limit the Hawks to just two points in the final period despite emptying its bench.

"I could have done better today," said Durossette, who poured in a career-high 46 points against Livingston earlier this season. "I tried to get everybody involved as much as I could."

The Bulldogs didn't take any extra satisfaction in beating the Hawks.

"We treat them like any other team," Durossette said.