Ceres High School's freshman boys basketball team rolled past crosstown-rival Central Valley 48-38 on Jan. 23 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs also won the rematch in impressive fashion, 58-31, on Friday at Central Valley.
"Even though it's Central Valley, there was no big celebration after the game," Ceres High head coach Tracy Bull said. "The kids were more excited about getting cookies. We expected to beat them. Our talent level is significantly better."
First-place Patterson eliminated second-place Ceres High from the Western Athletic Conference title race with a 67-57 win on Wednesday. The Tigers made 7 of 21 3-pointers.
"We came up short again," Bull said. "There's always next year."
Ceres High improved to 18-4 overall and 8-2 in the WAC.
Central Valley dropped to 4-7 in conference play.
Bulldog center Cristian Garcia dominated the Hawks with a 24-point performance.
Gurraj Purewal, Adrian Magdaleno, Inder Sandhu, Austin Schmidt and Monte Wallace tallied 11, nine, seven, four and two points, respectively.
Tarandeep Singh had one point.
Garcia totaled 125 points during Ceres High's last five WAC games.
"He's probably the most advanced player we've had in four years," Bull said. "He's so physically big and strong. He's very proficient in the high post. He can play all five positions. That's pretty impressive. He's the real deal. I didn't see him in junior high. I just heard about him."
Ceres High post player Cristian Palafox post player was sidelined last week with a broken right ankle.
Karnveer Chahal scored a team-high 12 points for Central Valley.
Miguel Jimenez, David Serrano and Hanson Hy added seven, six and five points, respectively.
Ceres High led 29-15 at intermission.
The Bulldogs took control with a 15-3 run in the first quarter.
Ceres High outscored Central Valley 29-16 in second half.
The Hawks missed 23 of 25 3-pointers during the game. "I was more concerned about an emotional letdown," said Bull, whose team's WAC-title hopes were dashed two days earlier. "We had to win the Patterson game. We just didn't play as well as they did."