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Summer Action
Ceres High School's boys basketball team won two of three games during Modesto Junior College Summer League play on Thursday.

"I'm proud of the way we played," head coach Brian de la Porte said. "We're getting better."

The Bulldogs improved to 13-10 overall and 7-3 in the MJC standings.

Ceres High rallied for a 57-44 win over Enochs in Game 1.

"I wasn't surprised," point guard Mark Schwark said. "We beat them already without our best player (Justin Canatsy). We got into a rhythm more. We started playing better defense and shooting the ball better."

The Bulldogs had multiple contributors.

Canatsy collected a team-high 16 points, Lance Hunter had 14 and Schwark added nine.

Edgar Lopez and Beau Pimentel tallied eight points apiece.

John Dhillon scored two points.

Sparked by its man-to-man defense, Ceres High battled back from a 14-point deficit.

The Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 39-15 in the second half.

"That's the best basketball we've played all summer," de la Porte said. "We started pushing the ball, getting layups and playing better defense. We dominated."

Pimentel's 15-foot floater at the buzzer lifted Ceres High past Enochs in Modesto Junior College Summer League action several weeks earlier.

Coach de la Porte played his reserves during the opening eight-plus minutes of the Bulldogs' 36-33 loss to Downey in Game 2.

"I wanted to give them experience," he said.

Chris Hilgen, John Dhillon and Kendall Vertner tallied six, five and two points, respectively.

Canatsy led Ceres High with nine points.

Hunter had seven points.

Lopez chipped in with four points.

Ceres High held on for a 61-58 victory against Calaveras in Game 3.

The Bulldogs had three players score in double figures, including Canatsy (19 points), Lopez (18) and Pimentel (10).

Schwark, Hunter and George Borden added seven, three and two points, respectively.

Dhillon and Tyler Brenning both had one point.

"I was dead-tired the last game," Schwark said. "We haven't played in a week."

Ceres High has won seven of its last eight games.