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Thursday, January 3, 2002

Eagles seek second win over Devils

Pecos Eagles' coach Tino Acosta will have his whole team available today, when the Eagles make the long trip south to face the Presidio Blue Devils. But he's not sure whom the Devils will have on the court when the teams meet for the second time in a week and the third time this season, starting at 1:30 p.m.

The Eagles play their first game of 2002 after closing out 2001 with their first wins of the season last weekend at the Duel in the Desert Tournament at Fort Stockton. Pecos opened up with a 57-37 win over McCamey, then lost in the tournament semifinals to the host Panthers, 52-41, before winning third place with a 45-16 win over Presidio.

The Eagles got that 29-point victory margin despite both teams scoring only two points apiece in the final period. It lifted Pecos' record to 2-14 on the season and avenged a 68-59 loss at home to Presidio in November.

In that game, it was Oscar Covos who led the Blue Devils with 21 points, including a pair of 3-point jumpers in the fourth quarter that stopped a Pecos comeback. Covos was absent last Saturday in Fort Stockton, and Acosta didn't know if he would be around this afternoon.

"I have no idea. He may be missing one of his guards, but they may get someone else back," Acosta said. "We're just concentrating on getting better. I saw Fabens down there, and they are good, so we're going to have to be ready to play."

Fabens defeated Fort Stockton to win the tournament title, and will be the final team the Eagles play in the first half of their District 2-4A schedule, in late January. District play opens for Pecos on Jan. 11 at Canutillo.

The Eagles won their first game of the season thanks to something they hadn't been able to do, come up with a strong fourth quarter against McCamey. The Eagles led by 10 after one period and at halftime, then saw the Badgers cut that margin to four at the end of three quarters before outscoring McCamey, 23-7 in the final period. Ricky Plummer led Pecos with 16 points and Richard Rodriguez had 12, including 8-for-9 from the foul line.

In the loss to Fort Stockton, the Eagles' second half scoring problems returned, as the Panthers, who'll play in Pecos Friday night, were able to widen their 25-24 halftime lead to four after three periods, and outscored the Eagles 15-8 in the final period. Isaiah Armendariz led Pecos with 14 points.

Joey Ortega had 14 in the win over Presidio, as the Eagles jumped out to a 17-6 lead after one period, widened that to 29-12 at the half and then outscored the Blue Devils, 14-2, in the third period. Sammy Visciano, who had 11 points in Presidio's November win in Pecos, led the Blue Devils in Saturday's game with six points.

"The kids played great. They did a good job all weekend," said Acosta. "We're playing better and are getting some confidence. We're beginning to understand the system, and it's showing on the court."

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