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Freshmen Hawks are no match for Bulldogs
Three Ceres High players scored in double figures against the Hawks, including Elijah Niblett (pictured right). - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's freshman boys basketball team defeated crosstown-rival Central Valley 71-45 on Jan. 10 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs earned a Western Athletic Conference series sweep with a 57-41 win over the host Hawks on Friday.

"I'm very happy with the result," said Ceres High point guard Ismael Ontiveros, who was slowed by a left foot cramp late in the fourth quarter. "We didn't come into this game cocky. We just executed. We played like we did last time."

The Bulldogs improved to 16-3 overall and 6-0 in the WAC.

The Hawks dropped to 1-5 in conference play.

"I'm not surprised," Ontiveros said while talking about his team's success this year. "We've talked about going undefeated in league. But we take every opponent seriously."

Three Ceres High players scored in double figures, including Ontiveros (15), Elijah Niblett (14) and Nick Jones (14).

Haadyn Martinez, Kamio Borja and Blane Abeyta had nine, three and two points, respectively.

Harinder Sidhu made three treys on his way to totaling a team-high 11 points for Central Valley.

Jaspreet Singh and Seth Prak both tallied seven points.

Oso Fregoso collected four points.

Ralph Afortunado and Wilbert Soriano scored three points apiece.

Rodney Stahl chipped in with two points.

Jacob Guerrero contributed one point.

The Bulldogs outscored the Hawks 19-5 in the opening eight minutes and led 32-13 at intermission.

Central Valley got within 10 points several times in the final period.

"We're definitely getting better," Central Valley assistant coach Carlos Maldonado Jr. said. "Tonight, we had a bad first half. We just got to put four quarters together. Ceres High's deep. They have a good team."