The Banquete Bulldogs varsity boys basketball team's season got off to a good start Friday night as they defeated the Premont Cowboys, 72-39.

"For a first game, I think it was pretty good," Banquete head coach Kevin Kelley said.

The first quarter had both teams evenly matched with the Bulldogs holding a narrow 13-12 lead at the end of the quarter, but Banquete opened the second quarter with a 15-3 scoring run. By halftime, the Bulldogs held the lead 38-23.

"I've worked with these kids and they've worked a long time together," Kelley said. "They've played summer ball together, so they know each other very well. They know each other's tendencies and where they're going to be."

Banquete suffered a bit of a scoring drought in the third quarter, managing to get only four points in the first five minutes.

However, the Bulldogs went on a 9-2 scoring run in the last 90 seconds of the third quarter. The Cowboys were held to only nine points, giving Banquete a 51-32 lead.

In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs outscored Premont 21-5 to win the game by a margin of 33 points.

Kelley said that he was pleased with the win, but the third quarter drought is something his team needs to work on.

"We weren't scoring any points and we have a tendency to do that," Kelley said. "I don't understand. We score 70 for the game but we go through four-, five- or eight-point quarters and I don't understand why.

"I think a lot of it, (we weren't doing enough) pressing. It seems when we get out of our press, we lose intensity. And then you've got to hand it to (Premont) too. They came out at halftime and they had a good adjustment."

Junior Richard Gonzalez, who won "Newcomer of the Year" last year in district, led the Bulldogs in scoring with 22 points.

"He's good," Kelley said. "He's really good."

Justin Garza was Banquete's next highest scorer with 16 points. A.J. Chapa finished with nine points, including two three-point shots.

Banquete's next home game will be against the Kingsville Academy Lions Tuesday night.

Tip-off will be at 6:30 p.m.