Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, January 26, 2000
Inside, outside games get Lobos by Eagles
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Jan. 26, 2000 -- Last year, the El Paso Mountain View Lobos
came into Pecos, and despite a 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-7 front line, decided
to bomb away from 3-point range against the much shorter Pecos Eagles.
The result was a one-point Pecos victory.
This year, Mountain View came back with the same front line, and tried
to do the same thing against Pecos. The only difference was this time it
worked, but just barely.
Damian Lamas nailed two of his four 3-point shots in the third period
to help Mountain View break a 24-24 halftime tie, and the Lobos were then
able to use their size inside to hold off a late Pecos rally to win by
a 57-47 final score.
Lamas' shots forced Pecos to open up its defense, giving not only 6-5
post Javier Garcia and 6-7 Dustin Maloney room to operate inside, but also
opening the lane up for guard Gilbert Garcia, who had a series of key driving
lay-ups in the final 2½ minutes of play, after Pecos had cut a 43-30
lead to 47-42.
"That Garcia kid killed us," said coach Tino Acosta, whose team fell
to 0-18 on the season and 0-4 in District 2-4A play. His baskets widened
the lead back to double-digits, and while Mountain View gave Pecos some
chances on foul line misses in the last minute, the Eagles weren't able
to connect from outside after Alex Garcia's 3-pointer had cut the margin
to five points.
Lamas' first 3-pointer of the second half gave the Lobos a 29-24 lead
and his second turned a 31-28 lead into a 34-28 margin, which would balloon
to 41-28 on lay-ups by Maloney and Isaac Andazola.
"You get into a zone to take away height. They had height and we had
to get into a zone, which is a risky gamble," Acosta said. "You get into
rebound position, but then you give them the outside shot, and they made
some tough shots."
Saul Garcia, David Chavez and Hector Rodriguez had good first halves,
with Chavez and Garcia hitting several shots from outside, while Rodriguez
was able to work his way around the taller Mountain View players for inside
baskets. Chavez had all 12 of his points in the first half, helping to
turn an early 4-0 El Paso lead into a 7-4 Eagle advantage, then hitting
seven points in a 13-4 run to close out the second period, after Mountain
View had gone out to a 20-11 lead.
Lamas had a 3-pointer in that run, but the Lobos kept shooting from
outside and missing after that, which helped Pecos rally to tie the game
at the half on two Rodriguez free throws. But in the second half Rodriguez
and Saul Garcia saw less of the ball while Chavez was shut out, though
Adrian Rayos did take up some of the scoring slack during the Eagles' fourth
"We've been in a shooting slump the last two ballgames," said Acosta,
who didn't have Chavez available for last Friday's loss at San Elizario.
"But we're getting better. We just need to keep working and realize this
is going to be an ongoing process that takes time. They need to keep positive
attitudes and that's what they've been doing."
Rodriguez finished with 12 points and Rayos and Saul Garcia had 10 for
Pecos, while Lamas had 14, Javier Garcia 13, Maloney 12 and Gilbert Garcia
10 for Mountain View, which is 2-2 in district. Pecos did win Tuesday's
freshman and junior varsity games, by 48-46 and 75-49 scores. Tony Trujillo
had 16 to lead the ninth graders, while Jesus Salazar led four JVers in
double figures with 18 points.
The Eagles will stay in Pecos on Friday to host Canutillo, for their
last non-doubleheader match-up of the season. The Eagles will also be home
next Tuesday to face Fabens.
EP MOUNTAIN VIEW (57)
Lamas 5 0-0 14; Andazola 2 0-0 4; G. Garcia 4 2-4 10;
Lopez 1 0-0 2; Muniz 0 0-0 0; Mandy 1 0-0 2; Maloney 6 0-0 12; J. Garcia
4 5-8 13. Totals 23 7-12 57.
Weidner 0 0-0 0; Rayos 4 2-2 10; A. Garcia 1 0-0 3; Chavez
5 0-0 12; Tarin 0 0-0 0; Rodriguez 5 2-7 12; S. Garcia 4 1-2 10; Terrazas
0 0-2 0. Totals 19 5-13 47.
EP Mtn. View 15
9 19 14 - 57
11 13 8 15 - 47
Three-point goals: EP Mountain View 4 (Lamas 4),
Pecos 4 (Chavez 2, S. Garcia, A. Garcia). Fouled out: Pecos, Weidner.
Total fouls: EP Mountain View 10, Pecos 13.
“Confused” Eagles fall to Mountain View
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Jan. 26, 2000 -- After a sloppy but close first half of play,
the El Paso Mountain View Loboes stepped their game up a notch Tuesday
night at the Pecos High School gym.
The Eagles, unfortunately, took their game down a level at the same
time, and the result was a halftime tie turned into Pecos’ 18th straight
loss, by a 41-27 final score.
Head coach Brian Williams was at a loss after the game to figure out
why his team came out so flat and so confused to start the second half.
“They changed the defense on me,” a frustrated Williams said. “They
changed it, then they tried to say they were confused and didn’t know what
they were doing.”
The defensive confusion combined with a flat effort on offense led to
an 8-0 run by Mountain View that turned a 16-16 tie into a 24-16 El Paso
lead. Pecos didn’t score until Amy Salgado hit a 10-foot jumper with 1:25
left in the period. That got the Eagles back on track for a while, but
they were never able to get closer than five points the rest of the way,
after a 3-point jumper by Maricela Arenivas midway through the fourth quarter.
“We threw that one away, because we had a chance to win it,” said Williams,
referring especially to the first quarter, when Mountain View was the team
The Lobos missed shots from inside, outside and from the foul line in
the period. Pecos, meanwhile, hit three of their first six shots to jump
out to a 6-1 lead, but the Eagles had far fewer chances to shoot thanks
to an ongoing series of turnovers, many of them unforced.
“In our first six possessions we turned it over four times, then we
missed a lot of 1-and-1s,” Williams said. “I told them yesterday (Monday)
it’s the second time around, and all those teams know our weakness is ball
handling, so most teams are going to keep pressing us to make up throw
the ball away.”
Mountain View didn’t get their first field goal until Daria Gonzales
hit a lay-up with 1:10 left in the period. But Pecos couldn’t score again
after their early baskets, and the Loboes would go up 8-6 in the second
period on a pair of Monica Acala lay-ups.
The Eagles then had their best stretch of the game, a 6-0 streak that
featured baskets by Mireya Medrano, Philly Fobbs and Katrina Quiroz. But
then the turnovers returned, Mountain View went on a six-point run of their
own, and the half ended tied at 16 on a pair of foul shots by Arenivas.
Acala and guard Christina Aguilar had four points apiece in the 8-0
run to start the third period, while Acala, who led the Lobos with 12 points,
would get her final four off a pair of free throws and a lay-up with under
four minutes to go, turning a 31-25 lead into a 35-25 advantage.
Arenivas was the only Pecos player in double figures with 13 points,
but went 2-for-5 from the line, while Sandy Alva was also in double-figures
for Mountain View with 11 points. The Loboes evened their District 2-4A
record at 3-3, while Pecos fell to 0-6 going into Friday’s game at Canutillo.
Mountain View also won Tuesday’s junior varsity game, 80-19. Stephanie
Arreguy led Pecos with five points.
EP MOUNTAIN VIEW (41)
Reyes 0 0-0 0; Aguilar 3 0-0 6; Alvarez 0 0-2 0; Bryad
1 0-0 2; Martinez 0 0-0 0; Sanchez 1 0-0 2; Gonzales 2 1-2 5; Alva 3 5-6
11; Lopez 0 1-2 1; Acosta 3 6-6 12; Loera 0 2-2 2. Totals 13 15-20 41.
Rodriguez 0 0-0 0; Marquez 1 0-0 2; Molinar 0-2 0; Quiroz
2 0-0 4; M. Arenivas 5 2-5 13; Medrano 2 0-0 4; Salcido 1 0-0 2; Lara 0
0-0 0; Fobbs 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 2-7 27.
EP Mtn. View
3 13 11 14
6 10 2
9 -- 27
Three-point goals: Pecos 1 (Arenivas). Fouled
out: None. Total fouls: EP Mountain View 12, Pecos 15.
Super Bowl's media swamps Rams, Titans
By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA, Jan. 26, 2000 - Roland Williams had a tinge of disbelief in
"Everything seems different," the St. Louis Rams tight end said Tuesday.
"My hotel room seems different. The sheets on my bed seem different. Even
the water tastes different."
So, this is what it's like to play in your first Super Bowl.
"I can't believe it," Titans receiver Chris Sanders said, video camera
in hand as hundreds of reporters milled about at that annual phenomenon
known as media day. "Look at me. I can't stop smiling."
The Rams aren't really playing in their first Super Bowl, but they might
as well be. Their only previous appearance came in 1980, when they were
still in Los Angeles and St. Louis belonged to the football Cardinals.
The Titans are neophytes, playing in their first Super Bowl as Tennessee's
team or their previous incarnation as the Houston Oilers.
"I've never seen this much media," Sanders said. "I'm taping everything."
But, with memories of the Atlanta Falcons still fresh on their minds,
both the Rams and Titans declared a moratorium on anything that might be
construed as controversial.
No dog collars. No insults. No guaranteed victories.
"We want to be careful in what we say and what we do," Tennessee receiver
Derrick Mason said. "We don't want to say anything about the Rams that
might get them motivated."
Not even an appearance by Mr. Dog Collar himself, Falcons cornerback
Ray Buchanan, could produce the slightest of trash talk at the Georgia
A year ago, Buchanan first guaranteed a victory over the Denver Broncos,
then arrived for interviews wearing silver-studded neckwear as a way of
dramatizing his team's underdog role.
Instead of being motivated, the Falcons suffered a major meltdown, losing
"We're not going to do stuff like that," Williams said. "We're going
first class to get the job done. We respect our fine opponent, the Tennessee
Not the kind of talk you'd get from Deion Sanders or Jim McMahon. Then
again, this game just doesn't have the star power of past Super Bowls.
Many reporters kept glancing at the one-page rosters that were handed
out at the Georgia Dome, trying to figure out who they were talking to.
Youth hoops deadline Friday
PECOS, Jan. 26, 2000 -- Friday is the deadline to sign up for the Reeves
County Community Sports and Recreation Department's Pee Wee Basketball
The league is for boys and girls ages 5 through 10, with registration
forms available from RCCRD office at the old Pecos High School gym until
Friday. The office is open weekdays between 5 and 9 p.m.
The games will begin at the old gym after the high school basketball
seasons end in February. For further information on either league, call
the recreation department at 447-9776.
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