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Alhambra’s varsity and junior varsity basketball teams honor the Martinez Junior High eighth grade basketball team on their successful season. The Bullpups posted a 23-2 record on the way to a league championship and a win in the 2015 South Lake Tahoe Optimist Tournament. (JASON BAUTISTA / Courtesy)
Alhambra’s varsity and junior varsity basketball teams honor the Martinez Junior High eighth grade basketball team on their successful season. The Bullpups posted a 23-2 record on the way to a league championship and a win in the 2015 South Lake Tahoe Optimist Tournament. (JASON BAUTISTA / Courtesy)

On Tuesday night the Alhambra girls varsity basketball team did something that could only happen in a small town like Martinez.

During their 45-31 victory over the Las Lomas Knights, they honored a group of eight grade girls who will soon enough be incoming Bulldogs in the class of 2020 who also have achieved great things on the basketball court.

The Martinez Junior High’ School eight grade girls basketball team finished their season with a dominating 23-2 record.

The Bullpups took first place in the 2015 South Lake Tahoe Optimist Tournament last year, and also won their league tournament this year by beating rival Stanley Middle School in Lafayette for the championship.

Coached by Mark Duarte, who also volunteers on the junior varsity girls team, as an assistant, the entire Martinez Jr High team was present at half-court after the game and were joined by their future Alhambra Bulldogs teammates.

The Lady Bulldogs made the evening that much more memorable by notching their second win of the Diablo Foothill Athletic League campaign by beating the Las Lomas Knights for the second time this season.

Senior guard Ali Najera lead the Bulldog girls with 18 points, while fellow senior guard Cara DiMercurio had five steals and 10 rebounds on the night. Junior Alanis Lara dished out a cool five assists in the win for coach Jason Bautista.

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