Pleasanton’s boys basketball team extended its unbeaten start to the season to 9-0 and swept through the first couple of rounds of the Hondo tournament before the championship game slipped away from the Eagles in the last few minutes.
“The guys set their goals in the very beginning. They’re doing a very good job. They’ve got chemistry,” Pleasanton head coach Ricardo Marquez said.
The Eagles (10-1) won their two pool play games on Nov. 29. First, they defeated Burbank 60-53. Pleasanton trailed 31-30 at halftime before taking a 42-38 lead by the end of the third quarter. Santiago Arguijo scored 24 points. Dalton Hobbs had 14 points and Kade Loeffler had 10 points. Against Blanco that evening, the Eagles jumped to a big advantage early en route to a 70-45 win. The Eagles led 23-9 after the first quarter and 41-25 at halftime. Arguijo scored 17 points. Hobbs had 11 points.
To start action in the gold bracket on Nov. 30, Pleasanton knocked off the host Owls 53-41. After trailing 29-25 at halftime, the Eagles gained a 40- 37 lead by the end of the third quarter and outscored Hondo 13-4 in the fourth. Hobbs led the way with 20 points. Arguijo added 15 points.
In the semifinals that afternoon, the Eagles overcame a slow start to defeat San Antonio Christian 62-28. The Eagles trailed 13-10 after the first quarter before locking down defensively the rest of the game. They led 23-16 at halftime and held the Lions to six points in both the third and fourth quarters. Hobbs tallied 15 points. Arguijo had 13 points and Ralph Guerrero had 11 points.
In the tournament final on Dec. 1, Pleasanton led 24-16 after the first quarter and 43-41 at halftime. The game remained tight throughout most of the second half. Pleasanton trailed 62-59 at the end of the third quarter before gaining a 71-70 edge at the 4:15 mark of the fourth. In the last few minutes, a couple of Pleasanton players fouled out and Southside managed to reach the free throw line frequently, using that to finish on a 15-1 run to hand the Eagles their first loss 85-72.
“We had foul trouble that took us out of our game plan, but the boys played hard. They fought to the very end. That was a good Southside team,” Marquez said.
Hobbs, Loeffler and Arguijo each scored 14 points. Kameron Parks had 12 points. Claven Maxwell added 10 points.
Pleasanton beat San Antonio Fox Tech 70-30 on Dec. 4. Parks scored 17 points. Isaiya Rocha added 16 points. The Eagles will host Natalia on Dec. 11 at 6:15 p.m.