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JV boys move into first-place tie in MMC
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The Ceres High JV boys basketball team picked up its most important win of the season Wednesday evening in Modesto.

The Bulldogs made seven 3-pointers and 15 of 17 free throws en route to a 78-64 victory over undefeated Davis.

Ceres moved into a first-place tie a top the Modesto Metro Conference standings with the Spartans at 10-1.

"We took it to them," said Ceres coach Jim Pernetti. "They didn't know what to do with us. They needed to double team four of our guys and they couldn't."

Four Bulldogs scored in double figures.

Steven Downs tallied a game-high 25 points.

Andrew Chipponeri, Brett Sayad and DaArron Grays added 18, 17 and 12 points, respectively.

Three Spartans scored in double figures. Eric Waterford had 14 points. Geoff Harrison and David Contreras both scored 10 points.

When Davis played Ceres earlier this season, the Spartans built a nine-point lead in the first quarter and held on for a 10-point victory.

The Bulldogs took control in the first half during the second meeting. Ceres led by 15, 37-22, at halftime.

"Once we got the lead early, you could see the panic in their face," Pernetti said.

"We were a different team. We played like men."

Ceres outscored Davis 23-13 in the second quarter. Downs had 14 points, including three 3-pointers. Sayad and Grays scored five and four points, respectively.

The Bulldogs increased their lead to 20, 57-37, in the third quarter. Chipponeri had eight points, including two 3-pointers. Grays and Adarsh Brar both scored four points. Sayad and Downs added two points.

Dawgs win by 14

Ceres defeated Modesto High 68-54 Friday night in Modesto.

Three Bulldogs scored in double figures. Grays finished with a team-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers. Downs and Sayad added 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Ceres led 36-18 at halftime.

The Bulldogs scored 15 points in the first quarter. Downs had nine points. Chipponeri and Green both had three points.

Ceres scored 21 points in the second quarter. Grays had nine points. Brar added six points. Chipponeri, Sayad and Downs all scored two points.

The Panthers outscored the Bulldogs 36-32 in the second half.

Ceres shot 50 percent (11-for-22) from the foul line for the game.

Modesto shot 42 percent (13-for-31) from the charity stripe.

The Bulldogs play twice this week. They play host to the Johansen Vikings today and at Beyer High School on Friday. Both games start at 5:45 p.m. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier