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Tuesday, January 23, 2001

Eagles hunt road wins against Lions

PECOS, Jan. 23, 2001 -- After a 15-point loss at home earlier this month, the  Pecos Eagles hope they have the Clint Lions right where they want  them tonight -- in Clint on the Lions' home court.

Meanwhile, Pecos' boys' hope playing on Clint's court works out better for them then playing a few miles down the road on San Elizario's court did Friday, as they make their fourth attempt at winning their first District 2-4A game of the season.

The girls will take on Clint to begin the second half of their district schedule at 7 p.m. CST tonight, followed by the boys' game against the Lions at around 8:30 p.m.

Clint is in first place and Pecos is in third at the midpoint of the girls' schedule. The Lions with a 5-0 record after their 44-32 win over Canutillo on Friday, while the Eagles are 3-2 following their 47-28 win at San Elizario. Back on Jan. 5, Clint came into Pecos and pulled away from the Eagles in the final two periods, turning a 19-16 halftime lead into a 42-27 victory.

"We didn't do anything that game. We just stood around and watched," said Eagles' coach Veronica Valenzuela, whose team is 2-0 in district on the road this season and 1-2 at home.

The Eagles' better record on the road continues the pattern from volleyball season. Several of the Eagle cagers were part of the team that faced Clint four times, losing at home while winning all three games on the road, including once on the Lions' home court.

To win tonight, the Eagles' will need more scoring tonight from either Marisela Arenivas or Philly Fobbs. The two combined for just seven points in the Jan. 5 loss to Clint. This past Friday, Arenivas was held to six points, but Fobbs scored 16 and Jessica Rodriguez added 13 in the win at San Eli.

Marissa Arnold scored 15 points in the win over the Eagles, and had 16 on Friday in Clint's victory over Canutillo.

Pecos' boys couldn't find the range from outside in their 75-44 loss at San Elizario, which left them with an 0-3 mark in district, while Clint is 1-2 after their 54-49 loss to Canutillo.

"We're still struggling to shoot the ball," said Eagles' coach Tino Acosta. "We're giving great effort, but we've just got to put the ball in the hole."

Clint has made the playoffs the past two seasons, but needs to a win tonight to keep pace with Canutillo, Fabens and San Elizario. "They're a little down from where they've been, but they'll still play us tough," Acosta said. Clayton Webb had 14 points and Bobby Morales put in 12 for the Lions in their loss on Friday to Canutillo.

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