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Monday, January 22, 2001
Eagle girls win, boys fall at San Elizario
PECOS, Jan. 22, 2001 -- Road trips continued to provide a boost for the Pecos
Eagle girls basketball team Friday night in San Elizario, while for the boys,
their game against San Eli may not have been a boost, but coach Tino Acosta
said it was a lot better than their trip there a year ago.
The Eagles reached the halfway point in District 2-4A play on the girls’
side with a 47-28 win over San Eli, while Pecos’ boys were beaten by
the host Eagle squad by a 75-44 final score. The loss kept the boys winless
through three games in district play, while the girls moved into sole possession
of the third and final 2-4A playoff berth, with a 3-2 mark, with two of the
three wins on the road.
“They know they’re in third place, but they’re not sure
what it means. They were asking me if three teams went to the playoffs,”
said coach Veronica Valenzuela. “It’s been a long time (10 years)
since they’ve gone there.”
“Friday we kept our composure a whole lot better than we have. We made
a few mistakes and let them get some easy baskets, but overall we played
well,” she said.
Philly Fobbs scored 16 points and Jessica Rodriguez added 13 as the Eagles
jumped out to a 12-6 lead after one period on San Elizario and pulled away
from there. They were up 28-14 at halftime and after the host Eagles stayed
with Pecos in the third quarter, they were outscored 14-3 in the final period.
Fobbs’ 16 came after she was shut out over the final three periods
last Tuesday against El Paso Mountain View. “Philly plays a whole lot
differently on the road than she does at home. I just hope she can play that
way all the time.”
“Jessica had her best game she’s had all season. She was a lot
more aggressive driving to the basket and Tiana (Terry) did a good job as
far as rebounding goes,” Valenzuela said.
Reba Madrid had 10 points to lead San Elizario, which is 1-4 in district
San Elizario’s boys played without post Albert Jacobo, but their other
tall front line player, James Hernandez, made up for his absence by scoring
a game-high 20 points.
“Hernandez was on fire. He knew without Jacobo he was going to have
to step his game up and he did,” Acosta said.
San Elizario jumped out to a 19-10 lead after one period, and then put things
away by outscoring Pecos 45-21 in the second and third quarters. Guard Jaime
Reyes scored 15 for San Eli, while the Eagles’ high scorer was Adrian
Tarin with 12 points.
“We didn’t execute in the second quarter and that’s what
got us,” Acosta said. “They pressed us, and we turned the ball
over against it.”
Still, he added “I’m optimistic, because we’re so much
better than we were last year when we went in there and got demolished. It
took us three quarters to score 10 points.
“This year we were fighting, and I’m proud of the kids because
even in the third and fourth quarter we were still fighting them.”
Pecos’ junior varsity boys and girls teams both lost their games to
San Elizario on Friday, while the freshman boys defeated the host Eagles.
Tuesday night, the Eagles go back on the road to face Clint, in 7 and 8:30
Bears break away from Cougars in 4th quarter
By JON FULBRIGHT
BALMORHEA, Jan. 22, 2001 -- It took a little over three quarters, but the
Balmorhea Bears finally were able to get their running game going Friday
night against the Dell City Cougars.
After a jump shot by Daniel Trujillo cut Balmorhea’s lead to 34-33
in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter, the Bears closed out the game
by outscoring the Cougars, 24-2, to earn a 58-35 victory and remain unbeaten
in the District 9-A standings.
“We played a very good second quarter and a very, very good fourth
quarter,” said Bears’ coach Adolfo Garcia. “The guys were
more aggressive this time, and we played better defense, even though we got
called for fouls.”
Isaiah Rodriguez picked up his fourth with 3:09 left in the third period,
and he and Jourmain Matta spent much of the first half in foul trouble. But
the Bears got a lay-up from his replacement, Logan Humphries, after their
lead was cut to one by Trujillo’s shot and the Bears then reeled off
a series of fast-break baskets in a 10-0 run, then closed the game out by
scoring the final 14 points after Dell City’s post Mason Templeton
was whistled for a technical foul for hanging on the rim after missing a
dunk that would have cut the Bears’ lead back to nine.
The 6-foot-5 Templeton make it tough for the Bears to work inside on offense,
which is why Garcia said they tried to get downcourt before Dell City could
set up their defense. “That was our game plan, to fast-break every
time we could and not get into a halfcourt game,” he said. “It
seems we’re better when we’re running than when we set up on
Aside from Templeton’s technical, Dell City also was hurt when guard
Homer Slaughter picked up his fourth foul with 1:59 left in the third period.
He and Templeton had scored 19 of their team’s 27 points at the time,
while after that, Slaughter was held scoreless before fouling out in the
final period and Templeton managed just a late third quarter lay-up.
Rodriguez led all scorers with 23 points, including the Bears’ first
four points, after a Templeton jumper gave Dell City its only lead, at 2-0.
The Bears were then up 15-13 late in the second period when they closed out
the half with a 9-2 run. Billy Lozano hit a jumper to start the run, and
Chris Barragan then hit the only 3-pointer of the night. Baskets by Jerry
Mendoza and Arturo Rodriguez closed out the half.
Neither team did much early in the third period, but the Cougars were able
to rally in the closing minutes as the Bears missed a series of fast-break
attempts, and got trapped inside on their halfcourt offense several times.
Meanwhile, Slaughter, Templeton and Josh Barker found openings inside
against the Bears defense to cut the nine point margin down to three.
Mendoza was the next-highest scorer for the Bears with 13 points, as Balmorhea
improved to 11-3 on the season and 3-0 in district going into their game
Tuesday night at home against Valentine, starting at 6 p.m.
DELL CITY (35)
Barker 4 0-3 8; Slaughter 4 1-4 9; Parra 0 0-0 0; Rodriguez
0 0-0 0; Trujillo 1 0-0 2; Mock 0 0-0 0; Coria 0 0-2 0; Baeza 0 1-4 1; Templeton
6 0-2 12; Tavarez 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 3-15 35.
B. Lozano 2 1-2 5; A. Rodriguez 1 0-0 2; Barragan 3 0-1 5;
Mendoza 6 1-2 13; Matta 2 1-2 5; Rodriguez 11 1-2 23; R. Lozano 0 0-0 0;
Humphries 1 1-2 3. Totals 26 5-11 58.
Dell City 6 9 16
4 -- 35
Balmorhea 8 16 10
24 -- 58
Three-point goals: Balmorhea 1 (Barragan). Technical foul:
Dell City, Templeton. Fouled out: Dell City, Slaughter. Total fouls: Dell
City 16, Balmorhea 20.
Dell City’s girls shut down Balmorhea
BALMORHEA, Jan. 22, 2001 -- The Balmorhea Bears’ outside scoring was
shut down after the early going by the Dell City Cougars on Friday night,
as the Cougars won a battle for first place in the District 9-A standings
with a 48-29 victory in Balmorhea over the Bears.
Dell City shut out Balmorhea’s Terry Hernandez after the opening period,
when she scored eight of her team’s first 11 points, including a 3-point
jumper and another outside shot on which she was fouled and turned that into
a three-point play.
But Patty Cabral came back with a 3-pointer of her own to close out the quarter
and give the Cougars a 12-11 lead and Dell City then outscored the Bears
16-6 in the second period to take a 28-17 lead.
“All the teams are playing a box-and-1 against Terry, but usually we
do a better job of setting screens for her,” said coach Gary Garcia.
“They took her out of the game in the first half, and then in the second
half we didn’t have the basketball talent to run a full court press.
We still made them make some turnovers, but we missed too many shots.”
Outside of Hernandez, only Celina Rodriguez (13 points) and Julia Garlick
(8 points) would score in the game, while Dell City got three players into
double figures, led by Noemi Perez and Crystal Mendoza with 12 point apiece.
“You also have to give credit to Dell City. They shot the ball real
well,” said Gallego. “They had inside score plus they had their
perimeter game throughout. Number 22 (Cabral) shot the ball well, and number
40, Crystal Mendoza, may be the best player in the district overall.”
Mendoza broke a long dry spell by both teams to start the second half by
hitting a 3-pointer, and after Rodriguez got the Bears’ first points
of the period on a lay-up with 2:52 left Cabral hit her second 3-pointer,
which widened the lead to 34-19. The margin was 37-21 by the end of the period,
and Mendoza then opened the fourth quarter by hitting a rebound lay-up and
getting fouled by Joanna Garza, with the three-point play opening up a 40-21
The loss was Balmorhea’s first in three district games, while Dell
City improved to 3-0. Gallego said the Bears would get a fourth win on Tuesday,
because Valentine has been forced to forfeit their girls’ games due
to a lack of players. Instead, the Bears will go to Carlsbad to face Victory
Christian on Tuesday, while the Balmorhea’s boys host Valentine in
their district match up.
DELL CITY (48)
Cabral 3 0-0 8; Duran 0 1-2 1; McDaniel 1 0-0 2; Perez 5 2-2
12; Templeton 5 1-1 11; Mendoza 4 3-7 12. Totals 19 7-12 48.
Garza 0 0-0 0; Rodriguez 4 4-9 14; Lujan 0 0-2 0; Hernandez
3 1-1 8; Garlick 4 0-2 8; Arredondo 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 6-14 28.
Dell City 12 16 9
11 -- 48
Balmorhea 11 6 4
8 -- 29
Three-point goals: Dell City 3 (Hernandez 2, Mendoza), Balmorhea
2 (Hernandez, Rodriguez). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Dell City 14, Balmorhea
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