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Summer squad compiles 7-3 record
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The Ceres High boys summer basketball team had a grueling schedule this past week. The Bulldogs traveled to Modesto, Stockton and Turlock. They compiled a 7-3 record.

"I'm evaluating," said Ceres High assistant coach Glenn Driskell.

"Joe Gallo played great this week. Some of the other players didn't but I'm not going to mention their names."

Ceres went 1-1 at Modesto Junior College on Thursday.

The Bulldogs lost their second game by a score of 51-42 to Pitman High School.

Kevin Dupree scored a team-high 11 points for Ceres, which trailed 26-24 at halftime. Ray Green and Andrew Chipponeri had nine and six points, respectively. DaAron Grays and Steven Downs each added five points.

The Pride outscored the Bulldogs 25-18 after intermission. Sam Madden scored 15 points for Pitman. He accounted for the first 12 points of the second half. His fourth 3-pointer put the Pride ahead by 14, 38-24, at the 15:11 mark.

"I'm not mad," said Ceres assistant coach Brian de la Porte. "That was our 10th game in four days. They're going to make mistakes. They're tired."

Added Driskell: "We were missing two of our starters (Matt Schwark and Brett Sayad)." Bryant Hill was also absent.

The Bulldogs won their first game by a score of 50-49 over Weston Ranch.

Grays had a game-high 16 points, including 13 in the second half, for Ceres. The junior guard buried three 3-pointers. Dupree, Downs and Gallo had 10, eight and five points, respectively.

Davon Jones led Weston Ranch with 15 points. He missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer. Teammate Brandon Silver added 12 points.

Ceres won two of three games at Delta College in Stockton on Wednesday. The Bulldogs lost their opener to Stagg. They rebounded with victories over West and Lodi.

"We should have beat Stagg," Dupree said. "They were good. But they weren't that good."

The Bulldogs went 4-1 at Cal State Stanislaus, June 20-21.

"We did a lot better playing as a team and running our offense," said Ceres head coach Jason Martin.

Added Dupree: "I was happy with how we did. We played together."

The Bulldogs beat Turlock Christian and Denair once, and Atwater twice. They lost their final game, 66-65, to Turlock.

Hill banked in a 3-pointer as time expired. He should have been awarded a free-throw attempt because he was fouled on the play. But the referees swallowed their whistles.

"It was an ugly game," said Martin, whose team trailed 37-29 at the break and fell behind by double-digits several times in the second half. "It's amazing we were in it considering how bad we played." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier