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Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Eagles' defense shuts down Bucks

Going on the road for the first time this season didn't change the strengths and weaknesses for the Pecos Eagles boys' basketball team Tuesday night, as they used another good defensive effort to offset problems on offense and win their second game of the season.

The Eagles went to Alpine and defeated the Bucks by a 56-24 final score, following up their 55-19 win this past Friday at home over Alpine's district rival, Van Horn. "We played well. Our defensive effort was the way it's been in the previous ballgames. It was great," said Eagles' coach Joe Flores.

"We didn't allow them to get inside with their offense at all," he said. "I don't think we gave up a lay-up in the entire game."

He said unlike Van Horn, who the Eagles had a size advantage against on Friday, "Alpine actually had a couple of players bigger than we were, but we were just more physical and out-hustled them. By the end of the half we had about a 10-12 point lead, and in the second half we decided to go ahead and work on our transition game, getting back from offense to defense and defense to offense, and we got a lot of easy buckets."

However, Flores said the Eagles didn't get as many baskets or points as they should have against the Bucks. "Our offense is still sputtering. We're missing a lot of free throws and we're missing a lot of easy shots," he said. "If we expect to win throughout the season we're going to have to improve our lay-up shooting and our free throws."

Leading scorers were not available for the game, which was the final one for Pecos before the Thanksgiving holidays. The Eagles, who have allowed a total of 92 points in their first three games, will return to action next Tuesday, when they travel to the Chaparral Center to face undefeated Midland High, which is averaging 92 points per game.

Pecos' junior varsity boys also won their game on Monday night in Alpine, but a final score and leading scorers were not available.

Meanwhile, Pecos' girls will also try to go into the Thanksgiving break with a 2-1 record, when they host the Presidio Blue Devils tonight at the Pecos High School gym. Play will begin at 6 p.m. with the junior varsity game at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity contest at 7:30 p.m.

The girls evened their season record at 1-1 this past Friday with a 50-33 win at Van Horn. A win tonight would equal Pecos' victory total for all of the 2002-03 season, and more importantly, would come against a team the Eagles will face twice during District 4-3A play in January.

"We'll see what Presidio has got. I know they lost a couple of girls and have their big girls back, but I don't know what else they have," said Eagles' coach Veronica Valenzuela.

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