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Sayad leads Dawgs past Livingston
Livingston had no defensive answer for Ceres High varsity boys basketball standout Brett Sayad. The 6-foot-6 senior tallied a career-high 30 points in two-and-a-half quarters of play, including four treys, as the Bulldogs beat the Wolves 70-30 in non-conference action on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"I was just playing," Sayad said when asked to talk about his offensive outburst. "I had no clue I had 25 in the first half."

Ceres High (1-1) notched its first win of the season by beating shorthanded Livingston (0-1), which had to compete without the services of two starters. Harnarinder Johal and Ariel Hernandez missed the bus. Johal, the Wolves' 6-5 center, had 19 points in a win over Atwater the previous night.

Sophomore Justin Canatsy tallied a career-high 11 points for the Bulldogs. Marcus Hilgen, Martino Bertolotti and Lance Hunter contributed eight, seven and six points, respectively. Thomas Vanderlaan and Tony Bradford chipped in four points each.

"I thought we played well as a team," Ceres coach Jason Martin said. "We did a good job of passing the ball around. We're just trying to improve every game."

Added Sayad: "We could have played better. We could have executed our offense more. But that will come with experience."

Brett scored in a variety of ways in helping the Bulldogs build a 53-21 lead through the first 20 minutes of play.

"He can do it all," Martin said. "He's going to score between 20-30 every night. He can create havoc."

Sayad had 12 points in the first quarter on two 3-pointers, a pair of dunks and a layup. He collected his fourth and fifth dunks of the season in the span of 70 seconds.

Brett poured in 11 points, including a nifty reverse layup, as Ceres High outscored Livingston 21-8 in the second quarter for a 42-19 lead.

Sayad surpassed his previous career-high of 25, which came in a 62-48 win at Oakdale last February, by tallying seven points in the third quarter. He tipped in a teammate's miss, hit a 3 from straightaway and converted a layup.

Brett exited the game at the 4:08 mark. He received his share of razzing from his teammates for missing a dunk earlier in the quarter.

"I should of had that one," Sayad said.

Ceres High increased its lead to 40, 65-25, with Brett on the bench. Bertolotti, Hilgen and Vanderlaan had six, four and two points, respectively, during the Bulldogs' 12-4 run in the closing 3:27.

Ceres High's fourth-quarter lineup consisted of five first-year varsity players in Canatsy, Balpreet Sandhu, Scott Meyer, DeVaun McGregor and Rajdeep Singh.

"Everybody played tonight," Martin said. "That's not going to happen in league."