The hot hands of senior Santiago Arguijo and freshman RJ Marquez helped the no. 16-ranked Pleasanton Eagles down county rival Jourdanton 85-67 on Tuesday night in Pleasanton.
Arguijo and Marquez each nailed five threepointers in the win with Arguijo posting the teamhigh 27 points and Marquez trailing close behind with 24 points.
“It’s a good win,” head coach Richard Marquez said. “Jourdanton’s a very good team. They’re very well-coached. Hats off to coach [Truman] Reagan, he does a real good job there. They’ve got athletes. They push the ball very well, they shoot the ball very well. It was a good little match. But our guys looked like they wanted it.”
Arguijo finished with six three-point field goals and Marquez had five to his name. Arguijo’s first three-pointer came at the buzzer in the first quarter. It helped him find his confidence.
“It was very big,” Arguijo said. “It got my confidence up, my whole team’s confidence up, and it just went from there.”
That barrage behind the arc came on a night where the two teams combined for 20 three-pointers.
It’s what both teams want to do.
“That’s the type of play we’re trying to incorporate,” coach Marquez said. “Jourdanton does the same thing and they do a very good job of it, too. We’re just try to get some threes, get some runs — as many runs as we can. We just try to push ourselves.”
The Indians made the Eagles work for the win though. After falling behind 33-20 after the first quarter, Jourdanton opened up the second frame on a 13-2 run spearheaded by threes from Jacob Reyna, Jarel Lilly and Gabriel Paz.
Jourdanton would eventually take a 43-42 lead at halftime on the back end of a 6-2 run to close out the first half.
“When you’re playing a good team, both teams are throwing punches,” Reagan said. “We felt like we took their best punch early. We kinda settled down and went on a run of our own. We showed people that we can run and gun to, that we can play good basketball. It’s exciting to see that.”
Following that second quarter, coach Marquez made sure his team didn’t worry and focused on their gameplan. Eventually the patience paid off and the Eagles, leading 63-58 entering the fourth, put together an 18-4 run that saw the Indians held scoreless for four minutes.
Pleasanton didn’t look back from there.
“This game is a game of runs,” coach Marquez said. “Good teams, that’s what they have. You’re gonna have a run. They’re gonna have a run. That’s what good teams do. Like I said, hats off to Jourdanton. They did a great job of that.”
Hanging with a team like Pleasanton was encouraging to Reagan.
“We played 13 guys and 13 guys contributed tonight, in some way, shape or form,” he said. “We got better from Tuesday [against Luling]. I think Pleasanton is obviously a formidable opponent and we went toe-to-toe with them until the very end. We just kinda ran out of gas. A little more practice and a little more preparation, and we’re gonna be ok.”
Jarel Lilly produced the team-high mark for the Indians with 21 points, including three threepointers. Reyna finished with 17 points.
Pleasanton (9-1) will travel to the Hondo tournament later this week. Jourdanton (1-1) will compete in the Tilden Classic at Mc- Mullen County High School this Thursday through Saturday.