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Friday, February 4, 2000

Eagles look for wins over Lions

PECOS, Feb. 4, 2000 -- Coming off their first win of the season on Tuesday, the Pecos Eagle girls basketball team will try to make it two in a row tonight against a team they barely lost to at home last month, when they face the Clint Lions at 7 p.m. tonight a Clint, in their final road game of the 1999-2000 season.

Pecos' boys meanwhile, will again look for their first win of the year after a four-point loss at home to Fabens, when they face Clint, a team they also lost to at home by four points, in an 8:30 p.m. start.

The girls, who had lost by three points and in five overtimes to Fabens twice this season, won for the first time in 20 games this season and the first time overall in 27 games when they downed the Wildcats on Tuesday by a 56-40 score. Pecos led by as many as 17 points in the third period, then had to withstand a third period rally by Fabens, and overcome some of their own mistakes in the final period to clinch the victory.

"We haven't been in that position in a long time with that big a lead," said Eagles' coach Brian Williams. "For us trying to get a lead and maintain it may be tougher than trying to catch up."

The Eagles won despite getting only three points from leading scorer Maricela Arenivas. "She only shot the ball six times, but that's probably the way it should be," Williams said. "If she's going to be a point guard she needs to distribute the ball to everybody and get them the shots."

Arenivas had 22 points last month against Clint, when an officials mistake in allowing a live ball situation on what should have been a dead ball missed foul shot, helped Clint score the tie-breaking basket with 1:22 to play, and the Lions went on to win 49-45. Polly Wagner had 15 points to lead Clint, which started a five-game win streak that carried them into first place that night.

Clint's boys are in a little tougher situation, as they're trying to fight off El Paso Mountain View for the third and final District 2-4A playoff berth. They're 4-2 in district so far. Last month in Pecos, the Eagles led the Lions by a point with three minutes to play when Clint scored nine of the next 11 points to assure them of a 52-48 win.

Guard Carlos Nunez had 15 points and post Michael Ortega added 14 for Clint, while Adrian Rayos had 20 points to lead the Eagles.

Rayos led a last-minute comeback on Tuesday, after an 8-1 run by Fabens turned a 49-all tie into a 57-50 lead with 1:34 left. Three Rayos baskets narrowed the gap to 58-56 with 20.2 seconds left, but two Manny Solis foul shots then sealed the victory for the Wildcats.

"We played Clint well the first time. Our main goal is when we step off the bus Friday when we get home is to be able to say we played Clint hard twice," said coach Tino Acosta, whose team will play three of their final four games on the road.

Play opens tonight with the freshmen games at 5:30 p.m. CST. There will be only one JV game, for the boys at 7 p.m.

WWF says football league will be legit

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2000 (AP) - Peyton Manning. Marshall Faulk. Stone Cold Steve Austin?

Yes, says World Wrestling Federation mastermind Vince McMahon, who unveiled plans Thursday for his latest (and most unlikely) creation - the XFL, a new pro football league set to open in February 2001.

No scripts. No sideshows.

No, really.

Expect the usual WWF marketing blitz to accompany the league's launching. But don't expect the same outrageous, rehearsed antics that have propelled McMahon's WWF to the top of the cable television ratings.

"The WWF is 100 percent entertainment," McMahon said. "But the XFL is 100 percent sports." So the outcomes will not be scripted?

"Nooo," said McMahon, his eyes rolling skyward in the WWF's midtown Manhattan restaurant. "Nooo."

The league will run from February-April, commencing right after the Super Bowl. Though they won't compete head to head, McMahon still lobbed several verbal grenades at the old guard of the NFL.

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