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Wednesday, February 9, 2000

Rodriguez' big night can't save Eagles

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 9, 2000 -- The San Elizario Eagles had trouble stopping Pecos' Hector Rodriguez for the second time this season. But they had much better success again defending the other Eagles players, and that translated into a 57-39 victory Tuesday night at the Pecos High School gym.

Rodriguez had 15 points last month at San Elizario, but the rest of the Eagles managed only 11 in a 62-26 loss. This time, Rodriguez put in a game-high 22 points, and got a little scoring help from Adrian Rayos, who finished with 12 points. But guard Alex Garcia was the only other Eagle to score on the night, as Pecos had trouble both with the visiting Eagles' size and quickness throughout the game.

"We got rattled and they took advantage. That's what a good team will do," said coach Tino Acosta, pointing to the key stretch of the game in the third period.

Two lay-ups by Rayos and a pair of foul shots by Rodriguez had cut an 11-point San Elizario lead down to five, at 31-25, when the Eagles got the ball off a turnover. But with a chance to narrow the margin even more, David Chavez' pass to Garcia was stolen by James Hernandez, who ended up scoring on a bank shot in the lane, and then closed out the quarter with three more baskets, part of a 14-point run that stretched San Elizario's lead to 45-25 early in the final quarter.

"They outran us a few times. When we had to get out of our defense to scramble and trap they took advantage of that," Acosta said.

The game started off well enough for Pecos. Jacob Weidner found Rayos and Rodriguez underneath for lay-ups to give Pecos a quick 4-0 lead, but the turnover problems began to hurt the Eagles after that. Hernandez and Frank Jimenez both scored off steals to help the visitors rally for a 12-10 lead by the end of the period, and the Eagles then had trouble inbounding the ball twice to start the second period, helping San Eli widen the gap to six points.

The bright spot on the night for Pecos was the free throw shooting, which has been a problem throughout the season. The Eagles shot 92 percent from the line, going 12-for-13, while San Elizario went to the line just five times Tuesday, hitting two shots.

Pecos did win Tuesday's junior varsity game, 63-45, while San Elizario took the freshman contest, 48-43. Richard Rodriguez led the JV with 23 points, and Joey Ortega topped the ninth graders with 16.

Rivas 0 0-0 0; Hernandez 6 0-0 12; Perez 7 0-0 15; Salcido 1 0-0 2; Garcia 2 0-0 4; Martinez 1 0-0 2; Reyes 3 0-3 6; Jimenez 3 0-0 6; Jacobo 4 2-2 10. Totals 27 2-5 57.

PECOS (39)
Weidner 0 0-0 0; Cervantes 0 0-0 0; Rayos 4 4-4 12; A. Garcia 2 0-0 5; Chavez 0 0-0 0; Tarin 0 0-0 0; Rodriguez 7 8-9 22; S. Garcia 0 0-0 0; Terrazas 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 12-13 39.

San Elizario     12   14   15   16 - 57
Pecos                 10     7     8    14 - 39
Three-point goals: San Elizario 1 (Perez), Pecos 1 (A. Garcia). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: San Elizario 13, Pecos 8.

Eagles close rough year, look to 2000-2001

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 9, 2000 -- Pecos Eagles' coach Brian Williams has more players coming back by far than any other District 2-4A basketball team next year. But what kind of attitude they bring with them is Williams' main concern, after Tuesday's season-ending loss to San Elizario.

The Eagles closed out a 1-21 season with a 43-31 homecourt loss to San Elizario, in a game where the visiting Eagles went on a 20-2 run after Pecos scored the first four points of the game. Pecos never got closer than eight points the rest of the way, and were down by double-digits the entire second half, after a 25-foot jumper by Reba Madrid at the halftime buzzer gave San Eli a 25-14 lead.

"I told them `excuses are over.' You all are going to be seniors next year and you have to decide to step up and take responsibility," Williams said, adding, "Next year, to be more successful, they're going to have to get stronger in their upper bodies, and we're going to have to get quicker."

San Elizario was able to run past the Eagles' press most of the night, and while the Eagles didn't give up many second-chance baskets, they couldn't hold onto balls several times, either off rebounds or potential steals.

"We couldn't close the trap on our press," Williams said. "It seemed like we were running in slow motion, even when we went into man (defense)."

Philonicus Fobbs and Maricela Arenivas had the opening baskets, but after that San Elizario's guards took over. Rachel Diaz and Claudia Diaz had six straight points to help the visiting Eagles go up 10-4 at the end of the quarter, and the two plus Madrid and Ana Morales ended up scoring 24 of San Elizario's 41 points.

After taking a 4-0 lead, Pecos didn't score again for nearly eight minutes, when Christina Arenivas hit two free throws with 5:50 left in the half. Their next basket didn't come until 3:36 left in the half, when Alexa Marquez hit a foul line jumper after the Eagles had fallen behind 20-6.

With no playoff spot on the line, Williams gave both his first and second team players just about equal time on the court, and it really didn't affect the game much, as both groups had problems scoring all night. The one burst Pecos has was with five minutes left in the game, when the Eagles cut a 15 point lead down to 10 in 32 seconds, off two baskets by Fobbs and a foul shot by Dee Dee Molinar. But Fobbs then missed a 1-and-1 with a chance to narrow the gap to eight, and Madrid hit a lay-up with 3 ½ minutes left to get the lead back to 12 points.

Madrid 4 1-2 10; R. Diaz 3 0-1 6; C. Diaz 2 0-0 4; Morales 2 0-0 4; Solis 1 1-2 3; Rocha 0 0-0 0; Martinez 4 1-4 9; Soto 2 0-0 4; Jimenez 0 3-8 3. Totals 18 6-17 43.

PECOS (31)
C. Arenivas 0 3-5 3; Rodriguez 0 0-0 0; Marquez 1 0-0 2; Molinar 0 4-6 4; Quiroz 0 0-0 0; Salcido 0 0-0 0; M. Arnivas 3 4-4 11; Medrano 0 0-0 0; Salgado 0 1-2 1; Lara 0-1 0; Fobbs 4 2-5 10. Totals 8 14-23 31.

San Elizario     10   15   7   11 - 43
Pecos                   4   10   8     9 - 31
Three-point goals: San Elizario 1 (Madrid), Pecos 1 (M. Arenivas). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: San Elizario 21, Pecos 18.

Bears end regular season with victories

PECOS, Feb. 9, 2000 -- The Balmorhea Bears and Dell City Cougars will have a one game playoff for the District 1-A basketball title next week, after Balmorhea won on the court and Dell City won by forfeit Tuesday in the teams' final regular season games.

Balmorhea's girls, meanwhile, assured themselves of the second place playoff spot, following their win at home over the Valentine Pirates.

Balmorhea's girls beat Valentine, 64-32, and the boys downed the Pirates by a 65-52 score, to close out regular season play. Meanwhile, Dell City won by forfeit over Sierra Blanca, tying them with the Bears for first with 5-1 marks. Coach Adolfo Garcia said last Friday, after Dell City beat Balmorhea to tie for first, a playoff game would likely be early next week in Van Horn.

Isaiah Rodriguez scored 19 points to lead the Bears on Tuesday, while Billy Lozano was also in double figures for the Bears with 12. Balmorhea held only a two point lead after each of the first three quarters, before outscoring Valentine down the stretch by a 21-10 margin to pull away.

Balmorhea's girls had an easier time. Led by Terri Hernandez' 24 points, they jumped out to a 16-2 lead after one period and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Rachel Carrasco and Cathy Garcia also were in double figures for the Bears with 12 and 11 points. Balmorhea improved to 3-3 in district play, and earned second place when Dell City completed an undefeated district season with a win Tuesday over Sierra Blanca. They'll face the winner of District 2-A title in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

Thomas' sudden death shocks family, friends

AP Sports Writer
MIAMI, Feb. 9, 2000 - Nearly 12 hours after Derrick Thomas died, his family and friends remained at Jackson Memorial Hospital, consoling one another and sharing their memories of the nine-time Pro Bowl linebacker.

They congregated on the third floor of the rehabilitation center, the place where Thomas was recovering from a paralyzing car crash last month.

Coaches, teammates and childhood buddies sat alongside Thomas' relatives, all of them still shocked by his sudden death Tuesday.

Thomas probably died from a massive blood clot, doctors said. He was 33.

"We're all in a situation at this juncture where I don't think any of us can appreciate the personal loss," former Kansas City Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer said.

Thomas was being transferred from his hospital bed to a wheelchair on his way to therapy Tuesday morning when he uttered something to his mother and his eyes rolled back, said Dr. Frank Eismont, a neurosurgeon at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The Chiefs linebacker, who held the NFL record of seven sacks in a game, went into cardio-respiratory arrest, he said.

Doctors have not determined an exact cause of death, and an autopsy might be performed today.

Blood clots are more common in people with paralysis, Eismont said, and Thomas was on medication to prevent clotting.

"His family is devastated. We all are," said Spencer Hammond, who played alongside Thomas at Alabama and spent much of Tuesday with Thomas' family. "It's very upsetting."

Thomas' death surprised everyone, mainly because of the progress he had made in just a short time since his injury.

"Derrick was an extraordinary person and was breaking all the records while he was here," Dr. Barth Green said.

Thomas was driving a car during a snowstorm on Jan. 23 as he and two friends headed to the Kansas City airport to fly to St. Louis for the NFC championship game.

He lost control of the car, and it overturned at least three times, police said.

Police said Thomas was speeding and weaving in traffic, but no charges were filed.

Thomas and passenger Michael Tellis, 49, were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from the car. Tellis was killed and Thomas' spine and neck were broken.

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