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2012-01-11 / Sports

Eagles grounded


ERIC SMITH
SPORTS EDITOR


Pleasanton Eagle Alvaro Teran fights for the ball as a Sam Houston Hurricane flexes to keep control of the ball. The Eagles suffered lop-sided losses to the Hurricanes and the Cuero Gobblers. 
ERIC SMITH | PLEASANTON EXPRESS Pleasanton Eagle Alvaro Teran fights for the ball as a Sam Houston Hurricane flexes to keep control of the ball. The Eagles suffered lop-sided losses to the Hurricanes and the Cuero Gobblers. ERIC SMITH | PLEASANTON EXPRESS The Pleasanton Eagles stumbled through their week of action, as they dropped two 28-3A games which extended a recent losing streak to four games. With plenty of 28-3A games ahead, the Eagles are hoping to get back on track in a fight for the playoffs in 2012. The Eagles fall to 8-14 overall and 1-2 in district play.

Sam Houston- The state ranked Sam Houston Hurricanes were in town last Tuesday, Jan. 3rd for a big 28- 3A showdown. The only thing that turned out to be “big” was the offensive production by the Canes. Sam showed no mercy on the reigning 28-3A champs Pleasanton, as they dominated them in every aspect of the game.

The first quarter was as close as it got, as the Eagles found success early on. Alvaro Teran led P-town in the quarter, scoring six out of their first sixteen. The problem came on the other end of the court, as Sam Houston used second and third chance points to their advantage. The Canes led the Eagles, 24-16 after one quarter.


Pleasanton Eagle Miguel Garcia drives down court against the Hurricanes. 
ERIC SMITH | PLEASANTON EXPRESS Pleasanton Eagle Miguel Garcia drives down court against the Hurricanes. ERIC SMITH | PLEASANTON EXPRESS In the second and third quarters, Sam Houston executed their game plan with traps and full court defensive pressure, which resulted in a P-town melt down. In the second quarter, the Canes outscored the Eagles 16-6, which allowed them to hold a lopsided 40-22 lead at the half.

In the second half, things didn’t get any better as Sam Houston kept the Eagles grounded, outscoring them 29-7 in the third quarter and 16-10 in the fourth. This resulted in an ugly 85-39 victory by the Canes, proving they were the team to beat in the district and headed for a district title unless someone can figure out how to deal with their quickness, defensive pressure and hot shooting.

Scoring- Luke Walters 8, Miguel Garcia 7, Phillip Dillard 6, Teran 6, Jacob Jandt 5, Jason Mills 2, Justin Leal 2, Rudy Calderon 2.

Cuero- The Eagles ran into a true “trap game” on the road in Cuero last Friday night. Last season, the Eagles didn’t have much trouble with the Gobblers, Coach Toot had his squad ready to roll coming off a 2nd place tourney finish at Rice Consolidated.

It was a defensive battle in Cuero early on, as the Eagles struggled with the lengthy Gobblers. Cuero was able to outscore the Eagles 10-7 in the first quarter before both teams put together 9-point second quarters. This allowed the Gobblers to hold a slight 19-16 advantage after one half of action.



The problem came in the second half, as the Gobblers outscored the visiting squad 14-8 in the third quarter and 25-19 in the final quarter of action. At the end of the night, it was the Gobblers who defeated the Eagles, 57-43 putting a wrench into the Eagles path toward the playoffs.

Scoring- Garcia 15, Teran 10, Mills 9, Walters 4, Billy Coronado 2, and Calderon 2.

Upcoming Games- On Friday, Jan. 13th the Eagles will be open. On Tuesday, Jan. 17th the Eagles will have a crucial road game in LaVernia against the Bears who are undefeated thus far in the young district race. The Varsity Eagles will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. with the freshmen and Jv starting at 6:15 and 5:00 p.m.

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