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Monday, February 12, 2001

Eagles short of both points,players Friday

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 12 - The starting lineup was definitely different Friday night for the Pecos Eagles. But the problem of scoring points remained the same in their final home game of the 2000-2001 basketball season.
The Eagles closed out their home schedule with a 63-35 loss to the Clint Lions, who moved into a tie with Canutillo for the third and final playoff spot in the District 2-4A standings. For the Eagles, it was another night in which points were tough to come by, which was compounded by the absence of guard Ezra Varela and post Cesar Coria.
Coria sat out after missing practice while Varela was sidelined with an ankle sprain, coach Tino Acosta said. "We could have used Ezra tonight, but I'm not going to play a kid on a bad ankle," he said.
Coria's absence probably hurt the Eagles more on defense, as Lions' posts Luke Caraway and Clayton Webb were open often inside for a series of lay-ups, and finished with 19 and 18 points respectively. A couple of baskets by Caraway and a three-point play by Webb helped Clint race out to an 11-0 lead three minutes into the game, before a couple of free throws and a jumper by Joey Ortega got the Eagles on the board.
A basket by Eddie Cervantes and a pair of foul shots by Saul Garcia would cut the lead to 13-8 late in the period. But Garcia then picked up his second and third fouls in the final minute of the quarter, and the Eagles went 8:17 without a point while Lions went on an 18-0 run that turned their five-point lead into a 31-8 advantage.
Martin Vasquez broke that streak with a rebound lay-up with 1:06 to play in the half, and the Eagles and Lions traded baskets through most of the third quarter, before Pecos ran into another scoring drought that turned into a 14-0 Clint run, widening a 38-21 lead to a 52-21 advantage.
"We played hard. We had a little letdown in the second quarter, but at this point the main thing is getting our kids to play as hard as they can," Acosta said. "I'm not disappointed with the way we're playing. These young men have given a magnificent effort under extreme circumstances."
Ortega finished with 10 points and Garcia had nine for the Eagles, who fell to 0-9 in district and 4-22 on the season. Clint improved to 17-12 and 5-4 in district going into their final regular season game, against second place San Elizario. Pecos, meanwhile, closes their season on the road against Fabens, which needs a victory or a San Elizario loss to clinch the District 2-4A title.

CLINT (63)

Morales 5 0-0 11; Bramblett 0 0-0 0; Lozano 2 0-0 4; Webb 8 2-4 18; Caraway 9 1-2 19; Mena 0 0-0 0; Ortega 0 0-0 0; Rios 1 1-3 4; Torres 1 0-0 2; Meza 0 0-0 0; Lizaola 3 0-0 6; Chavez 0 0-1 0 Totals 29 4-9 63.

PECOS (35)

Garcia 3 2-3 9; Cervantes 2 0-0 4; Ortega 4 2-2 10; Mora 0 0-0 0; Vasquez 2 0-0 4; Plummer 0 0-1 0; Torres 2 0-3 4; Tarin 1 2-2 4; Gomez 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 6-11 35.

Clint 15 18 9 21 - 63

Pecos 8 4 9 14 - 35

Three-point goals: Clint 1 (Morales), Pecos 1 (Garcia). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Clint 13, Pecos 12.

Bears edged by Cougars, face Sanderson in playoffs

PECOS, February 12 - The Balmorhea Bears came close to forging a tie for the District 9-A girls' basketball title Friday night, but a last second shot by Dell City's Crystal Mendoza allowed the Cougars to escape with a 47-46 homecourt victory and the outright district championship.
Balmorhea ended up as the second place team in district, and will face the Sanderson Eagles in the bi-district round of the first-ever Class A, Division II playoffs, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Imperial High School.
"We played a great game. It went down to the wire," said coach Gary Gallego, after his team rallied from a 22-15 halftime deficit to take a 32-29 lead after three quarters.
"We only shot 6-for-24 in the first half, and we missed nine shots that were just little inside ones," Gallego said. "At halftime I told them this was an important game and we could either fold up like we did against Fort Hancock Tuesday night or get back into the game."
He said the Bears hit eight of 18 shots in the third period and were 4-for-9 in the fourth quarter, but the Cougars connected on eight of their 12 shots in the final period, including the winning basket by Mendoza.
Balmorhea was up by one with 20 seconds left when Terry Hernandez missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Chela Arredondo then had her shot blocked by Katie Templeton after rebounding the miss. Mendoza was able to save the ball inbounds and Dell City went down for a shot, but missed on their first attempt.
"We were in good rebound position, but Celina Rodriguez fell down and inadvertently slapped Julia Garlick in the face," Gallego said. "Crystal Mendoza got the ball and hit nothing but net with a 15 footer with four seconds to play."
Gallego said the Bears were able to inbound the ball and get off one final shot, but Hernandez missed on a 35-footer.
Mendoza led all scorers with 19 points and Templeton had 14, while Hernandez finished with 18 points, Rodriguez had 10, Garlick eight and Vanessa Baeza seven for Balmorhea, which finished as District 9-A runner-up with a 6-2 record.
The loss put the Bears into their fourth game of the season against Sanderson. "The first time we lost to them by three points and the second time by four points. The third time was when we ran out of players and finished with only four on the court, but beat them by one point in overtime," Gallego said. "If we play the way we did in the second half, we should do good."
Balmorhea's boys were able to win their game on Friday over Dell City to finish the District 9-A season undefeated, though scores and stats for the game were unavailable. Bi-district play for the boys starts the following week, against the District 10-A runner-up.

Eagles' scrimmage satisfies Williams

Staff Writer

PECOS, February 12 - The first scrimmage of the 2001 baseball season went well for the Pecos Eagles, even if they ended up on the wrong end of an 8-6 final score to the Odessa Permian Panthers.
The Eagles scored twice in their first at-bat against Permian and took a 6-3 lead in the fourth inning, before the Panthers came back at the finish to score five runs against Pecos' reserve players.
"I thought the first group of kids did an outstanding job. They hit the ball well and Barney (Rodriguez) pitched real well and Angel (Villalobos) pitched real well, and Richard (Rodriguez) and Capi (Magana) made two outstanding plays at shortstop and second base," said Eagles' coach Bubba Williams.
Barney Rodriguez struck out the side in the first inning and shut out the Panthers in his first two innings, before tiring in the third and giving up two runs. Villalobos allowed an unearned run in the fourth inning, and then shut out Permian after that, before No. 3 pitcher Roger Gutierrez ran into control problems, allowing five runs thanks to a series of walks and wild pitches.
"Barney got a little tired right at the end and they hit him, but he mixed his pitches up pretty well," said Williams, who is looking for a No. 1 pitcher to start the season in two weeks against Monahans.
Richard Rodriguez figures to be one of the Eagles' other pitchers, when he is cleared after undergoing an appendectomy six weeks ago. He did play at second base Friday, and made a diving stab on a grounder to his left to help Villalobos retire the first batter he faced, while Magana went behind second to throw a runner out from his shortstop's position.
At bat, almost all the Eagle starters had at least one hit, while Alex Garcia, the lone senior in Friday's starting lineup, drove in Pecos' final run with a bases-loaded squeeze bunt in the fifth inning.
Friday's scrimmage was the first of three for Pecos before their regular season opener. They'll go to Fort Stockton on Tuesday then host Midland Greenwood this Saturday.

Pecos girls second at Big Spring tourney

PECOS, February 12 - The Pecos Eagle girls' golf team had a good weekend in Big Spring, while things weren't as good for Pecos' boys on Friday and Saturday at the Big Spring Invitational.
Pecos' girls wound up second from the top in an 18-team field, after cutting their first round 361 to a 335 to finish with a 696, 27 strokes behind tournament champion Snyder. The boys were second from the bottom in their 23-team field as their total went up on Day 2 of the tournament, from a 356 to a 369 for a 725 overall score.
The girls were able to move up two spots on Saturday, as their 335 score was only four strokes behind Snyder on the day. "We were in fourth place going in, and our goal was a come up and beat Midland Lee and we ended up beating both Lee and Lamesa," said Eagles' coach Tina Hendrick.
Pecos made up a 15 stroke deficit to the Tornadoes, who wound up third with a 702 score, while Lee was also passed by Abilene High. The Rebels ballooned to 370 after a 355 and finished with a 725 total, while Abilene High started the final round a stroke behind the Eagles and shot a 348 for a 710 total.
"The first day we had trouble with the greens and with putting. The greens were hard to judge and they just weren't hitting the ball as well." Hendrick said. "The second day they were troopers. It was 23 degrees and the greens were frozen, so they had a 30-minute delay before they put us out there.
"When we finished it was 39 degrees at 2 p.m., but our girls didn't complain. They fought hard and had a goal to meet and they did it," she said.
Individually, Salem Mitchell was runner-up medallist to Snyder's Andra Lancaster, shooting an 81-80-161 for 36 holes, five strokes behind Lancaster. Lauren Martinez was next for the Eagles with an 89-88-177, Cassie Foster shot a 98-81-179, Candace Hilliard shot a 93-87-180 and Brandi North had a 103-87-190.
The Eagles did benefit by the absence of Andrews and Fort Stockton, two of the three teams that finished ahead of Pecos a week earlier in San Angelo. The Mustangs and Prowlers sent their junior varsity squads to Big Spring, Hendrick said, while Snyder, which sent its JV team to San Angelo, had its varsity squad out this time.
Pecos' boys were minus their upperclassmen this past weekend, in what was the season opener for them. "I had four sophomores and one freshman. My two seniors are still in swimming, so this was pretty much my JV team," coach Kim Anderson said.
"Casey Breiten played pretty well, but the others didn't," Anderson. Breiten was the only Eagle to break 90 both days, shooting an 87-85-172. He was followed by David Bradley with an 87-96-183; Jack Stickels with an 89-97-186, and Jake McKinney with a 93-94-187 and Pete Vasquez, with a 93-94-187.
The boys played the Big Spring Country Club course on Friday, and Anderson said it was as cold as it was for the girls on Saturday. "The first day we were up on the hill and it was 26 degrees with a 30 mph wind out of the north. I'm just glad we didn't get anybody sick," he said.
Frenship ended up winning the tournament with a 599 total for 36 holes, five shots up on Odessa Permian. Sweetwater was third with a 614 score, and were followed by Lubbock Coronado with a 617 and Andrews at 620.
Hendrick said she would be taking her JV girls to Andrews for a tournament this Thursday, while the boys' varsity will go to Fort Stockton for a two-day tourney on Friday and Saturday.

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