Eagles avenge loss to La Vernia with blowout

LA VERNIA—The Pleasanton boys basketball team avenged an earlier loss to La Vernia on Friday, and the Eagles did so in a big way.

Pleasanton blew past the Bears 60-43 on the road, leading a majority of the contest by double digits.

“We’re improving daily,” Pleasanton coach Ricardo Marquez said. “The guys come out and they work hard every day. They’re there at practice; we haven’t had anyone miss. They want it. That’s one thing I can’t teach.

“They knew La Vernia got us already, so we had a little bit of payback, you could say.”

The Eagles led by as many as 25 points after stretching an eight-point halftime lead.

La Vernia never led in the contest, and the closest it got after the opening quarter was a 26-22 hole just before halftime.

Pleasanton managed only eight points in the second quarter after racing out to a 22-10 lead at the end of the first period.

“Sometimes we get real hot, and sometimes we don’t,” Marquez said. “I told the guys that basketball is a game of runs, but we’ve got to be able to play defense in order to match their run.”

However, the Eagles offense came back to life after the break to take a 53-34 advantage into the final quarter.

“We’re getting to the point where we need to be,” Marquez said. “We’re jelling all together and having that chemistry, so we’ll be all right.”

Sophomore post Dalton Hobbs led Pleasanton with 17 points, and classmate Santiago Arguijo followed with 16, including four made 3-pointers.

The Eagles faced Lytle on Tuesday as the non-district slate winds down.

Pleasanton has only two games remaining before the start of District 30-4A play. The Eagles will take on Pearsall on the road Friday before playing at Bandera on Jan. 9.

Pleasanton will open district Jan. 12 on the road at Poteet.

“We’ve always got to improve on defense,” Marquez said. “We’ve got to be able to shut down teams and not let them go in there and do their stuff.”

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