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Tuesday, January 2, 2001

Eagles open 2001 play in Greenwood

PECOS, Jan. 2, 2001 -- Playing the Fort Stockton Panthers on the road was a lot tougher for the Pecos Eagle boys basketball team than playing them at home was this past Friday. Tonight, they’ll see how they do facing the Greenwood Rangers on the road, after a loss to them in Pecos three weeks ago.

The Eagles defeated the Presidio Blue Devils for the third time this season, 78-56, in the first of two games at Fort Stockton to close out 2000, but then were beaten for the second time this season by the host Panthers. Fort Stockton, 52-48 winners in Pecos back on Nov. 18, routed the Eagles this time, by a 72-48 score.

Pecos’ girls, meanwhile, went 1-2 in their final games of the old year, at the Midland Christian Tournament. The Eagles dropped their opener to Brady, 50-44, then were routed by the host Mustangs, 80-36, before beating Midland Trinity, 55-39, in the consolation game on Saturday.

The boys are now 4-11 going into their first game of 2001, against Greenwood, which defeated the Eagles by a 62-46 score in Pecos back on Dec. 15. “Tonight’s game at least will show us how we’re going to play on the road in district,” said Eagles’ coach Tino Acosta, whose team starts District 2-4A play next week. “They’re going to try and pound us on the boards and push the ball hard, so we’re going to have to get back on defense and we’ve got to rebound hard.”

He said in the two games in Fort Stockton, “We played well against Presidio, but we didn’t play well against Fort Stockton. … We shot 35 percent for the game and didn’t play defense very well, and that’s going to kill us, if we don’t play defense as well as we absolutely can for the whole game.”

The girls had a hard time on defense against Midland Christian in the second half of their game, as they were outscored 50-14 after going in at halftime trailing by only a 30-22 score. “We just threw the ball away a lot in the second half, and we had Philly (Fobbs), Maricela (Arenivas) and Jessica (Rodriguez) in foul trouble,” said coach Veronica Valenzuela, who had only seven players suited up for the tournament.

Fobbs had 12 points, while Valerie Wootan, who was the tournament MVP, led Midland Christian with 18. Wootan scored 30 in the title game, as Midland Christian down Brady, 53-47.

Fobbs had 19 and Arenivas 18 in the Eagles’ loss to Brady, in which it was the middle periods that did in Pecos. The Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 27-15 after the teams were tied after one period, 10-10, and a 19-point fourth quarter by Pecos wasn’t enough to make up the deficit. Danielle Snodgrass led Brady with 16 points.

In the consolation game, the Eagles outscored Midland Trinity in each of the four periods, turning a 14-13 advantage after one quarter into a 29-21 halftime lead and a 41-29 margin after three quarters. Arenivas had three 3-point shots in the first half and led all scorers with 24 points, while Fobbs had 13 before fouling out.

“We went out and were patient for once and ran the offense, and we did a better job rebounding than in the other games,” said Valenzuela, whose team finished pre-district with a 3-9 record and will open 2-4A play on Friday night against the Clint Lions.

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