Eagles finish in third place at Southwest HS tourney

Following four straight victories, Pleasanton finished third in the Southwest tournament over the weekend.

Despite falling in their first matchup, the Eagles turned things up a notch and improved to 5-1 on the season.

Pleasanton fell to Elgin 64-54 to start out the tournament. Despite holding a halftime lead, the Eagles were unable to close out the game as they were outscored 34-21 in the second half. Additionally, they struggled at the free throw line, only knocking down 39 percent of their attempts (7/18).

Bouncing back from their first game, Pleasanton defeated Southwest Legacy 80-61 in their second matchup. Junior JD Guerra led the way with 24 points. The guard knocked down eight three-pointers along with four steals. Though Legacy finished with a better shooting percentage, the Eagles knocked down 15 threes as a team to pick up the victory.

Junior Layne Dowdy recorded 11 points and eight rebounds to help contribute in Pleasanton’s third game of the tournament against Edison. The Eagles forced 25 turnovers and won 61-45. Junior Jake Casias had a team-high 14 points.

Against KIPP Academy, the Eagles scored 33 points off turnovers and held them to under 30 percent shooting. After going up 26-9 at the end of the first quarter, Pleasanton kept the momentum rolling, winning 65-33. Marquez and Junior Robert Smith led the way with 12 points each. Dowdy also finished in double-digits with 10 points.

In their final game, Pleasanton defeated Southwest 71-59. Four players finished with double figures for the Eagles. Marquez led the team with 19 points, eight steals and six assists. Casias and senior Reagan Moore chipped in with 19 and 14, respectively.

Pleasanton took on Young Men’s Leadership Academy Tuesday. Results from the game will be available in next week’s issue.

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