PLEASANTON—The Pleasanton boys basketball team closed the regular season one game before the rest of its District 30-4A foes. The Eagles made sure to finish in a good position.
Pleasanton moved into second place with a 49-43 win over Beeville at home Friday, improving to 5-3 in district with the postseason looming next week.
“It was a big win for us,” Pleasanton coach Ricardo Marquez said. “The guys came in and played hard…They did a good job going all out. They left it all on the court, and that’s all we can ask for.”
The Trojans tied the game at 38 with the first points of the fourth quarter at the 5:15 mark. The Eagles responded with consecutive 3-pointers, the second coming from senior guard Carlos Cervantes, who finished with 12 points.
“This win was great,” Cervantes said. “…Everyone out here worked really hard, and everyone really wanted this game. Throughout the ups and downs, we ended up pulling it off.”
Beeville twice got within three points, but each time Pleasanton answered. Cervantes had a layup, and classmate John Garcia knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:39 remaining as the two captains celebrated Senior Night in style.
“Those two have been leaders all season long,” Marquez said. “They know when to turn it up and when they need to hit big shots. They did a good job of that tonight.”
“Senior Night, last game here in Pleasanton, Texas,” Cervantes said. “This crowd came out to support us, and we had the mentality that we wanted to win. And we wanted to show the seniors are here to play. We want to go big or go home. We’re ready for any other challenge that comes our way.”
Dalton Hobbs, who had a game-best 17 points, scored 13 in the first half as the Eagles led by as many as 10. Thomas Dang scored 12 points on four 3s to lead Beeville.
Dang’s last bucket gave the Trojans their only lead of the second half at 34-33 midway through the third period.
The Trojans (4-3) wrapped up their slate Tuesday at Poteet. Marquez said there was no discussion of a possible tiebreaking procedure as of Friday night.
Pleasanton will have its bi-district playoff game Monday or Tuesday against an opponent from District 29-4A, which includes Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, Devine, Lytle and Pearsall.
The Eagles had a breakout season last year, making it to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 1991.
“I think we’re stronger than ever this year,” Cervantes said. “This year a lot of guys came up with an attitude where they want to win. We want to keep this routine going…Our goal is to go farther than we did last year. This year, all our dedication is paying off.”