Pleasanton’s R.J. Marquez surpassed 1,000 career points during the Eagle’s 83-48 victory over Beeville Jones to start the season.
Coming into the game ranked No. 21 in the TABC (Texas Association of Basketball Coaches) Poll, expectations were high for Eagle hoops. Though they were unable to score on their first few possessions, Pleasanton eventually got into a rhythm offensively to take a commanding 16-4 lead after the first quarter.
The Eagles spent most of the first half playing full-court defense. As a team, Pleasanton forced 25 turnovers and was able to convert them into points. They extended their lead as they went into the half up 36-20.
“We wanted to make defense our number one,” Head Coach Richard Marquez said. “That’s what we preach to them. We try to get up on them right away and see what we could do but they (Beeville) did a good job of controlling the tempo so we changed up some other stuff. The kids just did a good job.”
Looking to build off their momentum, the Eagles kept their foot on the gas during the second half. They outscored Beeville 22-12 in the third quarter to set themselves up nicely for the final minutes as they got off to a winning start of the 2021-2022 season. JD Guerra led the way for Pleasanton with 17 points. R.J. Marquez followed with 15 points to go with a team-high 11 steals. The point guard only needed five points to surpass 1,000 for his career. Layne Dowdy also contributed with 12 points and eight rebounds in the victory.
Pleasanton’s game Tuesday night was cancelled due to a lack of transportation for the visiting team. The Eagles will return to action on Thursday when they take part in the tournament at Southwest High School.