Ceres High's frosh-soph boys basketball team earned bragging rights with a 58-35 road win over crosstown-rival Central Valley on Jan. 20.
"The rivalry is great," Bulldogs head coach Lance Hunter said. "The energy and emotion are always high. It's a good experience for the boys. They get to play in front of a larger crowd."
Ceres High improved to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Central Valley dropped to 2-3 in the WAC standings.
"I have a lot of faith in all of my players," Hunter said. "They have a ton of potential."
Elijah Hughes tallied a game-high 17 points for the Bulldogs.
Christian Murry and former Hawk Oscar Lopez collected 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Brock DeWitt and Ethan Willform both contributed seven points.
Brock Moore added three points.
Eddie Andrade buried four treys and tallied a team-high 16 points for the Hawks.
Jovel Camarena and Mark Ramirez collected five and four points, respectively.
Keven Figueroa and Murraj Singh both contributed three points.
Mankern Chahal and Adrian Gomez each added two points.
The Hawks challenged the Bulldogs in the opening half.
Andrade made three treys and totaled 11 points as Central Valley outscored Ceres High 15-13 in the first quarter.
"They got off to a hot start," said Hunter, whose team held a slim 21-20 lead at halftime. "Our energy was good. Our defense was doing fine. We weren't scoring on the offensive end. We just missed a lot of easy shots. We weren't aggressive getting to the rim."
The Bulldogs outscored the Hawks 37-15 during the second half.
"We finished the game strong," Hunter said.
Murry had 10 points as Ceres High seized control with a 19-5 run in the third quarter.
"He was attacking the rim aggressively," Hunter said. "He was on a mission. Luckily for us, it came at the right time."