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Manteca storms past Ceres High
Ceres High's varsity boys basketball team challenged first-place Manteca in the first quarter of their Valley Oak League game last week.

The Buffaloes dominated the rest of the way in posting a 58-34 win over the upset-minded Bulldogs Wednesday night at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Marcus Hilgen scored 14 points to lead Ceres High, which dropped to 7-16 overall and 2-9 in the VOL.

Nick Scheible netted 12 of his game-high 26 points in the third quarter to lead Manteca (22-3, 11-1). Kiwi Gardner and Dominque Barnes both scored eight points.

"They have a really good team," Bulldogs head coach Brian de la Porte said. "It would have been nice to keep it close as possible. They hit some shots and we didn't. That was the difference."

Tied at 11-all, the Manteca outscored Ceres High 35-12 during the second and third quarters. The Buffaloes limited the Bulldogs to just two points in the second period.

"We had good looks," de la Porte said. "We just couldn't convert on anything. If you can't score, you're not going to win."

Ceres High will close out the regular season with contests against host Weston Ranch (Wednesday) and visiting Central Valley (Friday). Both games begin at 7:15 p.m.

CHS sophomore boys extend win streak

Ceres High's sophomore boys basketball team improved to 12-2 in Valley Oak League play after collecting wins over Sonora, Lathrop and Manteca.

The Bulldogs posted a 56-39 victory over host Sonora on Monday, Feb. 16. The game was supposed to be held last Friday but was rescheduled due to a snow storm.

Beau Pimentel scored a team-high 12 points for Ceres High, which stormed to a 36-23 lead in the opening half. Edgar Lopez had 11 points. Tyler Cummings and John Dhillon finished with nine points each.

Ceres High coasted past Lathrop, 52-28, on Saturday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Ruminder Dhillon led the way with nine points.

Cummings and Chris Hilgen collected eight and seven points, respectively.

The Bulldogs outscored the Spartans 38-11 in the first half.

Ceres defeated visiting Manteca 64-51 on Wednesday.

Cummings tallied a game-high 22 points. He scored eight points in both the first and third quarters.

Ruminder Dhillon, John Dhillon and Tyler Brenning added nine, eight and seven points, respectively.