CERES -- Ceres High rode a red-hot start to a 12-point halftime lead over the Valley Oak League's top team Wednesday, but the percentages -- and UC Santa Barbara-bound James Nunnally -- eventually caught up with the Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-5-inch Nunnally had 18 of his 32 points in the second half, as Weston Ranch overtook Ceres in the final three minutes for an 82-76 win -- keeping the Cougars (17-6, 9-0) perfect in league.
Ceres' 6-7 Brett Sayad scored 25, including 20 in the second half, in a showdown between the league's top two forwards.
"The people who watched this definitely enjoyed, because there were a few times that Brett and Nunnally would answer each other's shots with one of their own," Ceres coach Jason Martin said.
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Sayad picked up two fouls in the first three minutes, and spent most of the first half on the bench. But Ceres went 6-for-7 from 3-point range to take a 46-36 halftime lead. Lance Hunter (17 points) and sophomore Marcus Hilgen (16 points) had two treys each in the half.
Weston Ranch finally caught up with the Bulldogs (12-10, 5-4) with three minutes remaining, thanks in part to their free-throw shooting. Nunnally was 11-for-11 and the Cougars were 25-for-36.
"We don't like to give up that many points," Martin said, "but it was probably one of the most enjoyable high school games we've had in a while."