Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, December 5, 2002
Eagles take on Tigers in Andrews tourney opener
Weak teams usually get the honor of being the opening round opponent of
the host team in most tournaments. Going by that, the Pecos Eagles are stronger
than they were a year ago … at least in the opinion of the Andrews
Andrews, which set itself up against Pecos last year in the opening round
of the Gym Bice Memorial Tournament, will let the Snyder Tigers take on Pecos
in the first round this season, in what could be a potential bi-district
playoff preview, depending on the outcome of the Eagles season in District
4-3A and the Tigers' results in District 3-3A.
Pecos' boys face Snyder at 5:30 p.m., looking to improve on their results
at last year's Andrews Tournament, where they were beaten by the host Mustangs
in the opening round, then lost to Fort Stockton, Clyde and San Elizario.
The Eagles lost their season opener to Andrews at home last month, then
defeated Van Horn and Alpine before running into Midland High on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs, ranked 12th in this week's Class 5A state basketball
poll, ran away from the Eagles in the first half and ended up with an 88-38
Senior post Isaiah Armendariz ended up scoring half of Pecos' points in
the game, finishing with 19, his high point total so far this season. No
other Eagle had more than five, though Pecos did hit 11 of their 14 foul
shots, after going 23-for-59 in their first three games.
However, coach Joe Flores said poor shooting from the field, including
several uncontested missed shots from inside of 10 feet, helped Midland High
get their fast break game going on Tuesday and allowed the Bulldogs to race
out to a 34-7 first quarter lead.
Despite that, Flores said, "We got a lot of positives out of the game.
We know what we need to work on and the level of play we need to be at when
we face teams like Snyder," he said. "It's going to help us in the tournament
The Tigers also lost to a Class 5A opponent on Tuesday. Playing at home,
Snyder rallied from a 27-24 halftime deficit to grab a 43-40 lead on Lubbock
High after three periods, only to see the Westerners stage their own comeback
in the final period for a 58-48 win. The Tigers were led in scoring by 6-foot-2
post Josh Mendoza, with 13 points.
This will be the first of two meetings in a span of five days for the
Eagles against their former District 4-4A rivals. Pecos will host Snyder
next Tuesday at the Pecos High School gym, as part of a doubleheader with
the Eagle girls, who'll host Alpine on Tuesday night.
The girls defeated Van Horn on Tuesday and are off this weekend, though
both the junior varsity and freshman girls, along with the JV and ninth grade
boys, are involved in tournaments of their own this weekend.
The boys teams will be in the Fort Stockton JV Tournament today through
Saturday, while the girls will host their own tournament on Friday and Saturday
at the PHS gym. The ninth graders will take on Van Horn at 3:30 p.m. on Friday,
while the JV will face Presidio in a 6:30 p.m. contest.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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