PLEASANTON—Pleasanton boys basketball coach Ricardo Marquez spoke to his team for about 20 minutes in the locker room following Wednesday’s game against Somerset.
That’s the kind of talking to that comes after a disappointing loss.
The Eagles came out flat, and the Bulldogs used a 19-0 stretch in the first half to establish a big lead en route to a 61-43 win at the Pleasanton ISD Sports Complex. The game was rescheduled from Tuesday night after winter weather created unsafe traveling conditions.
“I just told them, ‘Last game, next game,’” Marquez said. “We can’t worry about the last game. We didn’t come to play Eagle Basketball. And it was one of those games. Everybody has one. We’ve just got to get it out of our system.”
Pleasanton (21-6, 1-1 District 30-4A) scored 11 points in the first half in snapping its eight-game winning streak. Somerset built a 17-point lead at the break, holding the Eagles scoreless for more than seven minutes during the deciding run.
Carlos Cervantes pulled Pleasanton within 7-6 late in the opening frame before the Bulldogs rattled off the next 19 points. Somerset post Zadock Dinkelmann, who finished with a game-high 14 points, knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 26-6 advantage three minutes before halftime.
The 6-foot-5 Dinkelmann and fellow senior Jacob Harvey—who is listed at 6-10—played a part in the Eagles’ slow start, disrupting shots in the paint with their noticeable height advantage.
“They had some good blocks in there, and so did we,” Marquez said. “We had some good blocks down on this side; Dalton [Hobbs] had some good blocks for us on those guys too. We just need to do a better job of pulling up and taking a good jump shot, just adjusting some things that we can adjust.”
Hobbs had all of his team-best nine points in the second half. Santiago Arguijo, Ralph Guerrero and Cole Wiechring each scored six for the Eagles, who take on Cuero on the road Friday night.
“The second half, we played the way we normally play,” Marquez said. “I don’t know if it was the weather—we can make any excuse in the world. But we just didn’t come to play. Bottom line, we need to do a better job next time.”