The Ceres High freshman boys basketball team's win-loss record didn't indicate how competitive the Bulldogs were at their home tournament.
Ceres High lost two of three games, including a pair of contests by just a total of two points.
"We were four points away from being in the championship game," head coach Jim Pernetti said.
The Bulldogs defeated the Delhi Hawks 41-24 for seventh place on Dec. 1 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.
Eight different players scored for Ceres High.
Inderraj Dhillon totaled a team-high 10 points.
Adrian Barajas, Kalino Brown, Samuel Garcia and Andrew Kommavong finished with six points each.
Safwaan Alfareh and Jesus Cruz both netted two points.
"We played everyone," Pernetti said.
Ceres High lost 29-28 to Los Banos on Nov. 30.
Inderraj Dhillon led the Bulldogs in scoring with 11 points.
Barajas, Garcia and Alfareh collected six, four and three points, respectively.
Brown and Kommavong both contributed two points.
Escalon edged out Ceres High 39-38 on Nov. 29.
Garcia paced the Bulldogs with 11 points.
Samuel made seven of 10 free throws.
Kommavong, Dhillon, Barajas, Brown and Cruz tallied eight, seven, six, four and two points, respectively.
The Bulldogs trailed 16-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Ceres High outscored Escalon 30-23 the rest of the game.
"I'm happy with the group I have," Pernetti said. "I'm not panicking about anything. The kids want to work hard. We'll be fine when we get to league."