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Ceres High's sophomore boys basketball team remained perfect on the year after pounding Patterson, 58-24, on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"We're not at our peak yet," Bulldogs head coach Jim Pernetti said. "We still have so much to learn."

Edgar Lopez buried three treys on his way to tallying a game-high 13 points for Ceres High, which improved to 9-0 in the preseason. Beau Pimentel and John Dhillon both scored nine points. Ruminder Dhillon, Dustin Baisdon, Tyler Cummings and Mehtalo Vertner had seven, six, five and four points, respectively. Tyler Brenning and Jeremy Ford chipped in two points each. George Borden contributed one point.

Lopez scored all 13 of his points in the opening half as the Bulldogs raced to a 40-17 lead. John Dhillon, Pimentel and Baisdon added eight, seven and six points, respectively. Dustin knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.

"We played tough-nosed defense," Pernetti said. "That's something I've demanded forever."

Lopez's behind-the-back pass to Ruminder Dhillon for a layup drew oohs and aahs from the crowd and put Ceres High ahead 51-20 with 21 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Pernetti said it would be a disappointment if his team didn't contend for the Valley Oak League title this year. The conference season begins on Wednesday with a home game against East Union.

"I have a great group of kids," he stated. "They all listen. They like each other. They play great together."