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Monday, November 27, 2000

Eagles down Blue Devils to end loss streak

Staff Writer

PECOS, Nov. 27, 2000 -- The streak is over, and Pecos Eagles' coach Tino Acosta has  the haircut to prove it.

Acosta had very little hair left on his head at all this morning, the result of the Eagles ending their 32-game losing streak on Saturday with a 77-65 victory in Presidio over the Blue Devils.

"I needed the haircut," said the Eagle coach, who made it through the weekend before having to submit to the electric razor today. "We did it this morning after practice,"

Richard Rodriguez scored 32 points, and the Eagles held off a second half rally by the Blue Devils to get their first win since a 37-36 victory over El Paso Mountain View in January of 1999. It was the first game of the year for Rodriguez following football season, and he had four of Pecos' five 3-point baskets, while going 12-for-20 from the foul line.

"I was more proud of his defense than I was of his scoring," Acosta said. "Richard got after it defensively and that set the tone for the rest of the game"

The Eagles scored 39 points in the first half, after not scoring more than 48 points in any of their first three games this season. Pecos was up by 11 at the half, then saw the Blue Devils narrow that gap to 56-50 after three periods before doubling that lead in the final period, mostly from the foul line.

Pecos, struggled with their free throws overall, but still managed to put in 24 points after going to the line 47 times on the afternoon. "If we had been able to hit our free throws we could have scored about 90 points," Acosta said.

Rodriguez and Freddy Torres were the only two additions from the football team on Saturday _ Acosta said guard Alex Garcia and post Cesar Coria would be available later this week. Presidio had already added a couple of players from football onto their roster, but saw a couple more come out for the first time, including David Neri, who led the Blue Devils with 18 points.

Presidio needed all the players they could get by the end of the game, after four fouled out and the team was whistled for 30 fouls overall in the game, including one technical, which Acosta said was due to an elbow thrown while the Blue Devils were trying to break the Eagles' press.

"They're starting to understand what I want out of the transition game," Acosta said of the Eagles, who had one other player, post Joey Ortega, in double figures with 12.

The win lifted the Eagles to 1-4 on the season, while Presidio is 0-3 overall. Pecos will now get three days to practice before facing the team that handed them loss No. 32 in the streak, Andrews, in the first round of the Gym Bice Memorial Tournament on Thursday.

Acosta said the tournament has been moved up to Thursday-Friday because Andrews will face Southlake Carroll in the Class 4A-Division II regional semifinals on Saturday. The Mustangs beat the team that ousted Pecos from the playoffs, El Paso Parkland, this past Saturday by a 49-26 final score.

In Saturday's sub-varsity basketball games, Pecos' junior varsity lost to Presidio, 57-48, while the freshmen beat the Blue Devils, 49-44. Oscar Parada led the ninth graders with 13 points, and Jose Saldana led the JV with 14.

PECOS (77)

S. Garcia 2 3-4 7; Cervantes 3 2-5 8; Rodriguez 8 12-20 32; Varela 3 0-1 7; Torres 0 0-0 0; Salazar 2 0-0 4; Tarin 3 3-6 9; Ortega 4 4-11 12; Ju. Mora 0 0-0 0; Vasquez 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 24-47 77.


Vargas 5 0-0 10; Flores 3 0-0 7; Herrera 1 2-4 4; Muniz 0 0-0 0; Montemayor 2 3-4 7; Neri 8 2-3 18; Vizciano 6 0-0 12; Covos 3 0-2 5; Baeza 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 7-13 65.

Pecos 21 18 17 21 — 77

Presidio 16 12 22 15 — 65

Three-point goals: Pecos 5 (Rodriguez 4, Varela), Presidio 2 (Flores, Covos). Technical foul: Presidio, Montemayor. Fouled out: Presidio, Herrera, Montemayor, Neri, Covos. Total fouls: Pecos 16, Presidio 30.

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