Eagles set for defining district game with La Vernia

Pleasanton’s Kade Loeffler hits a fadeaway shot against Brooks Academy. TOM FIRME | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton’s Kade Loeffler hits a fadeaway shot against Brooks Academy. TOM FIRME | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Pleasanton’s boys basketball team has continued its tear through the schedule and is gearing up for the biggest home game of the district.

The Eagles (20-3), which are ranked 21st in the Texas Basketball Coaches Association poll, won two of four games in the Boerne ISD Holiday Tournament. On Dec. 27, the Eagles beat San Antonio Christian 44-35. Kameron Parks scored 14 points. Kade Loeffler added 10 points. Later that day, the Eagles lost 75-37 to Boerne Champion. Dalton Hobbs scored 13 points. On Dec. 28, Pleasanton lost 74-70 to Floresville. Pleasanton trailed 26-10 at the end of the first quarter, but rallied, cutting the deficit to 43-35 by halftime and 69-68 late in the fourth quarter.

“I was very proud. The guys never gave up,” Pleasanton head coach Ricardo Marquez said.

Santiago Arguijo led the team with 31 points.

Later that day, Pleasanton beat St. Anthony Catholic 88-54. The Eagles led 38-22 at halftime. Arguijo had 25 points. Hobbs had 13 points. Marquez said the tournament put his team against a variety of quality teams, including teams with many taller players like Boerne Champion and Floresville.

Pleasanton defeated Brooks Academy 89-67 on Jan. 4. The Eagles scored the first 10 points of the game en route to a 29-9 lead by the end of the first quarter. Brooks Academy came within 34-18 in the second quarter, but a layup by Gabe Robles spurred a 16-2 run that allowed the Eagles to enter halftime ahead 50-24.

“We did great. We’re still working hard. Brooks is a good team,” Marquez said.

Pleasanton beat Gonzales 97-37 on Jan. 8. The Eagles led 25-9 after the first quarter and 44-22 at halftime. Hobbs scored 25 points. Arguijo had 23 points.

On Jan. 11, Pleasanton will play what will likely be its toughest game of the district stretch against La Vernia (14-10). Marquez described the Bears as a taller team.

“They’re very good. We’ve got to outhustle them and play good defense. Defense is going to be the key in the game,” he said.

Pleasanton averages 69.5 points per game and allows 49.3 per game. La Vernia scores 59.5 points per game while allowing 52.9 per game.

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