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Pitman, Turlock defeat Bulldogs
Ceres High's boys basketball program opened Modesto Junior College summer league play with back-to-back losses on Tuesday, June 16.

"We're going to get better," Bulldogs head coach Brian de la Porte said. "I'm not worried."

Ceres High used all 11 of its players, including Justin Canatsy, Lance Hunter, Mark Schwark, Vineel Kumar, Beau Pimentel, John Dhillon, Ruminder Dhillon, Edgar Lopez, Tyler Brenning, George Borden and Chris Hilgen.

Canatsy, Hunter, Schwark and Kumar suited up for Ceres High's varsity boys basketball team during the 2008-09 school year. The Bulldogs finished 8-18 overall and 3-11 in the Valley Oak League standings (tied for last place with East Union and Oakdale).

Pimentel, Lopez, Brenning, Borden, Hilgen, John Dhillon and Ruminder Dhillon led the sophomore boys basketball team to a share of the VOL title.

"I'm trying to evaluate the kids right now," de la Porte said.

Ceres High suffered a 43-41 loss to the Pitman Pride during Game 2.

"We made some mistakes," de la Porte said. "Everything we did wrong is correctible."

Canatsy led the Bulldogs with 11 points. Schwark, Hunter and Ruminder Dhillon contributed 10, seven and five points, respectively. Pimentel, Hilgen, Borden and Brenning all scored two points.

Ceres High trailed 32-20 at intermission.

Justin's layup off a steal with less than a minute to play capped a 21-9 run and evened the score at 41-all.

"We started playing better defense at the end," de la Porte said. "We controlled the last 10 minutes."

Mark's potential, game-winning 3-pointer from the right wing fell short as time expired.

"We didn't have a timeout," de la Porte said. "We couldn't set up a play."

Ceres High struggled mightily during its 69-46 loss to versatile guard Travis Souza and Central California Conference powerhouse Turlock in Game 1.

"Everybody got to play today," de la Porte said. "That's what we're here for."

The Bulldogs dropped to 5-5 this summer. Ceres High won all three of its games at the Pitman tournament and compiled a 2-3 record in Escalon.