Pleasanton’s boys basketball team will open district play this Friday night when they travel to face the Navarro Panthers.
The Eagles should be well rested when they make the trek over to Navarro. It will be their first game in 10 days. Pleasanton was scheduled to play on the road at Brooks Academy this past Friday, but that game was canceled and the Eagles found themselves with an unplanned night off.
In what became their only game of the week, the Eagles welcomed the Fox Tech Buffaloes to the Pleasanton Sports Complex last Tuesday night. It was a thrilling contest in the first half before Pleasanton was able to pull away for an 81-61 win. A lot of that had to do with the Eagles getting 17 steals against Fox Tech and scoring 37 points off of 28 Buffalo turnovers.
Fox Tech opened the game ready to go and quickly went into the lead. The Buffaloes’ lead grew to as large as 10-3 before Pleasanton began to battle back. The Eagles went on a 10-3 run of their own to tie the score at 13-13. The first quarter ended with both teams sitting on 22 points.
It was more of the same in the second quarter as both teams continued to go basket for basket. Pleasanton was able to take the lead in the second quarter and hold onto it. The Eagles carried a 47-43 lead into the halftime break.
After both teams shot well in the first half, the third quarter was more of a defensive battle. The two teams combined for just 19 points in the third quarter. Pleasanton was responsible for 12 of those 19 points which allowed the Eagles’ lead to stand at 59-52 when time ran out in the third quarter.
Pleasanton found the shots falling again in the fourth quarter. The Eagles were able to outscore the Buffaloes 22-9 in the final quarter to notch the 81-61 win. It was the Eagles’ second win in a row and their ninth win in the last 10 games.
RJ Marquez led the Eagles with 18 points and five assists. Juan Lopez scored 14 points. Jayce Krauskopf and Jake Casias each had 12 points. Casias also had four steals and Krauskopf had six rebounds. Jason Guerra scored 10 points as well as five assists, three steals and four rebounds.
Pleasanton closed out the non-district portion of the schedule with an 18-6 record. The Eagles open district at Navarro on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Eagles’ next home game will be Jan. 21 against Gonzales at 6:30 p.m.