Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, November 15, 2000
Free throws by Loboes sink Eagles
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Nov. 15, 2000 -- There were a lot of foul shots in Tuesday night's
season opening basketball game for the Pecos Eagles, but very few of them
were taken by the Eagles.
Pecos managed to go to the line only six times Tuesday night,
while the visiting Monahans Loboes got their 40 times, and outscored
the Eagles from the free throw stripe, 27-2. Thanks to that, the Loboes
came away with an easy 62-37 win over the Eagles at the Pecos High
Both teams scored 35 points from the field, with Monahans
managed just one more field goal overall than Pecos. The difference was
the points scored at the foul line, with half of 40 trips there coming
from guards Ovid and Ramon Porras, Al Navarette and Jesse Rodriguez.
"We played hard, but we didn't play very smart," said Eagles'
coach Tino Acosta. "Until we start playing smarter it's not going to change."
Offensively, Pecos' posts didn't take the ball inside much, while
the Eagles' guards were plagued by turnovers, leading to many of
the Lobos' foul shots.
"We didn't do anything to earn free throws. We have to be
more aggressive," Acosta said of his posts, who also ran into
problems with fouls, both on defense and of pushing fouls away from the ball
Pecos went into the game a little shorthanded at the guard spot
due to the ongoing football season, and it showed in the series of
turnovers the Eagles committed, most coming in the second half, they led to
either fast break baskets or defensive mismatches, which resulted in
30 fouls being called on Pecos in the game.
Unlike last year, when Monahans broke out to a 17-2 lead after
one period, this came was close in the opening quarter. Pecos trailed
only 7-6 with less than two minutes left in the period after a Joey Ortega
lay-up when three foul shots by Ovid Porras and a Ramon Porras
lay-up lifted the Loboes to a 12-6 advantage by the end of the
period. That would eventually grow to 25-11 in the second period,
which ended with Monahans up by 12, at 27-15.
Pecos had their chances to get back into the game in the
third period. Baskets from in close by Ortega and Martin Vasquez got
the margin back down to 29-19, but the Eagles spent the rest of the
quarter unable to work the ball inside. After an Adrian Tarin jumper made it
31-21, the Loboes scored eight straight points to close out the period,
then got the margin up to 20, at 45-25, early in the final quarter on a
Mark Covington jumper.
Outside of a couple of 3-pointers by Ezra Varela, the Eagles had
little offense in the final period, while Monahans used a series of
steals and turnovers to widen their lead to as much as 27 points late in
"Our guards are going to have to grow up and play, because if
we can't get the ball up court, it's going to be tough," Acosta said.
Covington was the only Monahans player with more
than three field goals, finishing with seven and a game-high 18
points. Varela, with 10 points, was the only other player on either team in
double figures, with 10 points.
The Eagles will continue to seek their first win since the
1998-99 season on Saturday, when they host Fort Stockton in a 4 p.m.
game. The Panthers lost their opener on Tuesday at home to Del Rio, 82-64.
Monahans also won Tuesday's freshman game, 41-30, and took
the junior varsity season opener, 53-44. Justin Lara led the ninth
graders with nine points and Jaime Gomez' eight points topped the JV.
O. Porras 0 6-8 6; Navarette 0 5-8 5; R. Porras 3 2-2 8; Barron 0 0-0 0;
Rodriguez 0 1-2 1; Cadena 2 2-3 6; Valle 1 0-0 2; Covington 7 4-9 18; Gambino
1 2-2 5; Gaddis 1 4-4 6; Arroyo 2 1-2 5. Totals 17 27-40 62.
Ja. Mora 2 0-0 4; S. Garcia 0 0-0 0; Cervantes 0 0-0 0; Varela 4 0-0 10;
Salazar 1 1-1 3; Tarin 4 0-2 8; Ortega 3 1-3 7; Ju. Mora 1 0-0 3; Vasquez
1 0-0 2. Totals 16 2-6 37.
Monahans 12 15 12 23 — 62
Pecos 6 9 6 15 — 37
Three-point goals: Monahans 1 (Gambino), Pecos 3 (Varela 2, Ju. Mora). Fouled out: Pecos S. Garcia, Salazar. Total fouls: Monahans 14, Pecos 30.
Pecos-Parkland tickets at P-B-T office
PECOS, Nov. 15, 2000 -- Advanced tickets for Friday's Class 4A bi-district
playoff game between the Pecos Eagles and the El Paso Parkland Matadors
are on sale now through 3 p.m. Friday at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD business
office, at 1302 S. Park St.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. game at $5 for adults and $3 for children
in advance, and $6 for adults and $4 for students at the gate Friday night.
This is the third year in a row the Eagles have made the Class
4A football playoffs, but the first time they've hosted a bi-district
round game. Pecos comes into Friday's contest with a 6-4 record,
while Parkland comes in with a 7-3 record.
Both teams are district runners-up this season, and the winner will
face either Andrews or Borger in the area round of the Class 4A (Division
II) playoffs Thanksgiving weekend.
Bears first in 3rd-4th grade
By JENNIFER WARD
BALMORHEA, Nov. 15, 2000 -- The undefeated Pee-wee Balmorhea Bears took the
field against the Vikings from Pecos on Nov. 4. The little Bears' football
session has already ended, leaving the Bears with a record of 5 and 0.
The game against the Vikings was very exciting, with Brandon
Mendoza and Americo Rios being two of the many stand-out players on the team.
The game went very well with no one on either team being hurt
and everyone was having a lot of fun.
The game went into overtime when the Vikings scored with just
seconds left on the clock. After everything was said and done, the
Balmorhea Bears won the game by a score of 14-8.
The Bears' team consists of Brandon Mendoza,
Jonathan Ramirez, Americo Rios, Oran Jones, Russell Garlick, Harry Barron,
Jay Sanchez, Robert Garcia, Jaime Morales, Eric Ontiveros, Shawn
Enloe, Gabriel Jurado, Gabriel Saenz, Adam Roman, Jose Rodriguez,
Rodney Fuentes, Robert Moore, Jeremy Baeza, Kyle Wardlow, Austin
Vernon, Alvaro Beltran, Aaron Sotelo, Shawn Baeza, and Joe Abel Rodriguez.
The Bear's coach is Mr. Hector Rodriguez, and the Assistant Coach is
Norman Roman. The Bear cheerleaders for Saturday's game were Yadira
Rios, Beatrice Serrano, Megan Mendoza, and Savannah Machuca.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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