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Monday, January 21, 2002

San Eli cagers tied for first after beating Eagle squads

It was the boys' turn to run into scoring problems Friday night, when the Pecos Eagles traveled to San Elizario for their third straight District 2-4A road games. But in the end both teams were unable to get their first district victories of the 2002 season.

The girls, who had been having problems getting above the 30-point mark in recent games, did better on Friday, scoring 38 points, but that still wasn't enough to overcome a bad second quarter, as they lost to San Elizario, 52-38.

The boys, who came close to winning three days earlier at El Paso Mountain View in a 56-51 loss, managed just over half that point total in San Eli, dropping a 53-26 decision to the host Eagles.

A 17-9 advantage in the third period help San Elizario jump out to a 26-15 halftime lead in the girls' game, and while Pecos was able to keep the game close in the final two periods, they couldn't make up the deficit on the host Eagles, who tied for first place in the district standings with their victory.

They also had problems stopping San Elizario's Valerie Soto, who scored 26 points. Stephanie Herrera led the Eagles in scoring with 12.

The loss dropped Pecos to 0-5 at the halfway point of the 2-4A schedule, while San Eli is 4-1 and tied for first with Canutillo and Clint, following the Lions' 40-38 win on Friday over the Golden Eagles.

San Eli's boys also are tied for first thanks to their victory and Canutillo's loss to Clint. The Eagles were able to contain Jaime Reyes, who scored 16 points in San Elizario's 54-54 win over Pecos last month in the Gym Bice Memorial Tournament at Andrews, but guard Jesse Arellano took up the slack, scoring 16 while forward Luis Soto added 11.

The Eagles, meanwhile, could manage only 16 points in the final three periods on Friday, and failed to get a player in double figures. Richard Rodriguez led Pecos with nine points.

Pecos falls to 0-3 in district while San Elizario is 2-1 and tied  with Canutillo, Fabens and Clint for first in the 2-4A standings. Clint won  at Canutillo on Friday, 62-57, and will be in Pecos on Tuesday for a  7:30 p.m. game, following the girls' contest against the Lions, starting at 6 p.m.

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