Thanks to four consecutive wins after their two district losses, the Pleasanton Eagles rallied to claim second place in District 27-4A.
On Tuesday, Pleasanton beat Cuero 71-58 behind a stout second half defense. The Eagles used that momentum to beat district champion La Vernia 68-59 on Friday.
The Eagles are peaking at the right time and that has their confidence sky-high ahead of the playoffs.
“To get on a real roll like that it’s good, especially during this time of the year,” said Head Coach Ricardo Marquez. “We picked a great time to peak.”
The Eagles’ defense hit their stride in the fourth quarter by holding Cuero to 15 points. In the second half, the Eagles scored 37 points.
“They are going out there and they are playing ball and that’s the way we want to play,” Marquez said.
Ryan Moore had four blocks in the first quarter and three more in the second half to go with 12 points.
“It’s really important to be dominant on defense. If you keep them from scoring there’s no way they can win,” Moore said.
Moore praised the hard work the team put in at practice transferring to games.
RJ Marquez had 19 points to lead the team. Lopez had 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, securing the win for Pleasanton.
“Right now, we’re playing really great, so we’re hopefully going to carry that to the La Vernia game,” Lopez said.
In Friday’s win, the Eagles had four players surpass double figures in scoring. Layne Dowdy led the way with 18 points followed by Marquez with 17.
Pleasanton used a big second quarter to gain control of the game, outscoring the Bears 22-15 to take a 41-32 lead into halftime.
The season started shaky for the Eagles, but with the past four wins, the team is ready to make a run and possibly go further than last year’s team did, Lopez stated.
There are only two seniors on the team and the rest of the team is underclassmen. The team is getting experience that will help in the future.
“We are young and we have to work on rebounding, but we will be ready,” Lopez said following the Cuero game.
Pleasanton will face Fredericksburg in the bi-district round of playoffs.