Late run ends historic season for Eagles
GOLIAD—With eight lead changes in the second half, Pleasanton and Corpus Christi West Oso traded punches down the stretch in the teams’ Region IV-4A quarterfinal. In the end, it was the fifth-ranked Bears who delivered the knockout blow.
After freshman post Dalton Hobbs gave the Eagles a one-point edge in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, West Oso countered with a 14-0 run to close the game and earn a 55-42 win Feb. 28 at Goliad High School.
“I’ll be honest with you, we had them there until the fourth quarter,” Pleasanton coach Ricardo Marquez said. “They hit a couple of key shots, and we didn’t. But our foundation’s been set right now. We’re going to try to build upon that for next year. The kids did an excellent job out there. Hats off to them. They left it all on the court, and that’s all I ask from them.”
Bears guard Larry Hamilton had six of his game-best 18 points during the stretch, finding holes in a Pleasanton zone defense that had held up most of the night. The Eagles also went cold in the final period, shooting 2 of 10 and turning over the ball seven times. West Oso held Pleasanton scoreless over the last six minutes of the game.
The Eagles erased a 12-point deficit in the second quarter to tie the game at halftime. Pleasanton senior Jarik Garcia scored all of his 10 points during the period, including a pair of 3-pointers. Hobbs, who had a team-high 14 points, capped an 8-0 run with a drive to the basket eight seconds before the break.
The loss ended the deepest playoff run for the Pleasanton boys basketball team since the Eagles went to the regional semifinals in 1991.
“They did exceed expectations. They did a good job,” Marquez said. “I thought from the beginning of the season that we’re a real good team, and we showed it...I love every single one of them.”