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Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Eagles turn tables on Tigers with 46-43 victory

Staff Writer

Payback came quickly for the Pecos Eagles' basketball  team against the Snyder Tigers.

The Eagles, who lost by 10 points four days ago to Snyder in the opening round of the Gym Bice Tournament in Andrews, cut down on their turnovers and their fouls Tuesday night at the Pecos High School gym, and were able to cut down the Tigers, by a 46-43 final score to get back to the .500 mark for the season.

Jose Reyes hit his third 3-point jumper of the night with 2½ minute to play to put Pecos ahead to stay at 42-40, and John Parent followed with a lay-up, both off passes from Joey Ortega, before the Eagles had to sweat out some poor foul shooting over the final 30 seconds to get the victory.

Ortega and Parent both fouled out of last week's 58-48 loss to Snyder, but the biggest change Tuesday night was probably from Eagles' point guard Bino Barreno. The junior struggled with turnover problems in Andrews last Thursday and still had a few Tuesday night, but was able to get the ball inside other times for lay-ups and assists to teammates, something all of Pecos' guards had problems with at the tournament.

"We made a decision to stick with one guy at point guard," said coach Joe Flores. "Point guard is kind of like quarterback on offense. It's not as good as it can be when you have more than one quarterback.

"We decided we're going to go ahead and stick with Bino, whether he gets 20 turnovers or not. He's our point guard and Genaro (Mendoza) is his backup and that's going to be the show," Flores said.

In the opening period, the teams traded the lead three times and ended with Pecos up 10-8. But the final two points came from Snyder post Jose Mendoza on a buzzer basket off a steal, and in the second quarter Mendoza would put in a dozen more points, including a 3-point jumper that gave the Tigers their biggest lead of the night, at 25-17.

The Eagles were able to cut that to six just before the halftime buzzer, when Isaiah Armendariz put in a missed halfcourt shot by Barreno, but spent the entire third period trying to cut into the Tigers' lead. They would get it down to one, at 30-29, on a Justin Lara lay-up, before Mendoza hit a lay-up of his own to give Snyder a three-point lead entering the final period.

The Eagles finally did get the lead off a steal and lay-up by Barreno and two foul shots by Parent. Snyder would tie it at 33-33 on a free throw by Lee Scott, who would later hit from 3-point range to put Snyder by 38-37 with five minutes to play.

Ortega got Pecos back out in front at 39-38 on a short jumper, but was unable to hit from the foul line after that. Scott then hit what appeared to be a game-tying free throw, but it was wiped out after an appeal by Flores, who told the officials that Reyes had fouled T.J. Jones trying to work through a pick to guard Scott.

Jones then missed the free throw, but got a second chance at the line with 2:48 to play and hit both shots, giving the Tigers their last lead, at 40-39.

After the 3-pointer by Reyes and Parent's lay-up made it 44-40, Mendoza scored the last of his 24 points, hitting a lay-up off a pass by Jones and getting fouled by Reyes. His foul shot cut the lead to one, and the Tigers then had three chances to take the lead, the first off a steal by Jones, and the last two following missed foul shots by Barreno and Parent.

But Scott missed from 3-point range with 24 seconds to play, Logan Hill then missed a lay-up attempt off a baseline drive at the six second mark and Mendoza saw the high rebound off Parent's second miss tip off his hand and bounce out of bounds with four seconds to play. Snyder then fouled Jason Sanchez with 3½ seconds left and he was able to hit his two foul shots, and Scott's long attempt at a game tying 3-pointer fell short at the buzzer.

Mendoza finished up with only six points in the second half after 18 first half points, and no other Snyder player scored more than six. "We decided to go ahead and put three people on him _ one in the three-quarter position, one in back and one in front," Flores said. "We decided we were going to let the other guys go and beat us if they could."

Reyes led Pecos with 11 points, while Parent and Ortega had eight apiece for the Eagles, who are now 4-4 on the season going into their opening round game at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament on Thursday. The Eagles will face Amarillo Caprock, and will then take on either Andrews or El Paso Riverside in a tournament quarterfinal or consolation quarterfinal game at 1 p.m. on Friday.

"Those first two games are going to be tough no matter what, but we're prepared," said Flores. "Amarillo Caprock is a physical team, they play similar to Snyder, but they're beatable."

Snyder did win Tuesday's junior varsity game, 44-38. Saul Pina and Rashad Terry had 10 points apiece to lead the Eagles.


McGaha 1 2-2 4; Hill 1 1-2 3; Jones 1 2-3 4; Clifton 0 0-0 0; Villarreal 0 0-0 0; Williams 1 0-2 2; Montoya 0 0-0 0; Scott 2 1-3 6; Mendoza 9 5-7 24; Early 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 11-19 43.

PECOS (46)

Sanchez 0 2-2 2; Parada 0 2-2 4; Armendariz 2 2-2 6; Mendoza 0 0-0 0; Reyes 4 0-0 11; Barreno 3 1-6 7; Hinojoz 0 0-0 0; Lara 1 0-0 2; Parent 3 2-4 8; Ortega 4 0-4 8. Totals 17 9-20 46.

Snyder 8 17 7 11 _ 43

Pecos 10 9 10 17 _ 46

Three-point goals: Snyder 2 (Mendoza, Scott), Pecos 3 (Reyes 3). Fouled out: Snyder, Jones. Total fouls: Snyder 19, Pecos 17.

Pecos shuts down Alpine scorers in 40-30 win

Staff Writer

The Pecos Eagles and Monica Salmon scored the same amount  of points last year when the two teams met at the Pecos High School  gym. Since the Alpine Bucks had several other players on the court  scoring points besides Salmon, that was not good news for the Eagles.

Tuesday night at the PHS gym, Salmon ended up scoring far fewer points than a year ago, and while the Eagles didn't score a whole lot more than they did last December, they still went from a 52-point loss to a 10-point win over Alpine, by a 40-30 final score.

Salmon hit twice from 3-point range last season, but scored 12 other baskets on the way to a 32-point night in Alpine's 84-52 victory. Tuesday, Salmon hit twice from 3-point range again, but was held to only two other baskets and the Bucks as a team scored two points less than Salmon did by herself last season, as the Eagles ended up winning for the fourth time in five games to start the 2002-03 year.

Most of Salmon's points last year came on turnovers off steals from the Bucks' full-court press. This time, Salmon scored once on a steal off the press, but overall, the Eagles had little trouble getting the ball upcourt against Alpine on Tuesday night.

"So far we haven't had too many problems breaking the press," said Eagles' coach Veronica Valenzuela. "Our main goal was to keep Salmon from shooting the ball. From the boxscores I've seen, she's scoring about 20 points a game this season, and we held her to 13."

Alpine's best success with their press on Tuesday came at the outset of the game, when they ran off seven straight points after a lay-up by Tiana Terry opened the game. Salmon's first 3-pointer of the night put Alpine ahead 7-2, but after lay-ups by Terry and the Bucks' Mimi Fort made it 9-4 the Eagles ended the period by scoring nine straight points, off a pair of baskets and a foul shot by Stephanie Herrera and baskets by Jessica Martinez and Leslie Rodriguez.

Alpine would spend most of the second quarter trying to catch up and finally did, at 18-all on a jumper by Fort after the Eagles missed five of six free throws earlier in the period. But a lay-up by Marissa Mendoza allowed Pecos to go in at halftime ahead 20-19.

Neither team was able to find the range in the third period. Herrera got the Eagles' first basket nearly three minutes into the period, but Alpine wouldn't get their first one until Salmon hit a lay-up with 10 seconds remaining in the quarter. The Bucks' only other points were two Maricela Garza free throws, but the Eagles managed only three other baskets themselves, and led just 28-23 going into the final period.

A couple of baskets by Alpine's Jesse Steen would help the Bucks climb within three points early in the quarter, but after Madison Burns missed a chance to cut the lead to one from the foul line with 5:03 to play, Danielle Garcia and Herrera hit lay-ups and Natalia Ornelas hit a side jumper to make it 36-27 with 2½ minutes to play.

Salmon hit her second 3-pointer to make it 36-30, but Frost missed the front end of a one-and-one with 1:50 to play, and the Eagles were able to clinch the victory with lay-ups by Terry and Herrera in the final minute of play.

Terry and Herrera both finished with 14 points for the Eagles, while Salmon was the only Alpine player in double figures. "I guess her teammates just aren't up to her level yet, but our girls did do a good job defensively yesterday," said Valenzuela.

The Eagles next game will be Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m., when they face Midland Christian in the opening round of the Stanton Tournament. "I don't really know what to expect, but they're going to be tough," Valenzuela said, adding that District 4-3A rivals Kermit, Greenwood and Presidio would also be in the tournament.

A win would put Pecos into a Friday game against Kermit or Reagan County, while a loss would have them playing again Thursday afternoon against the loser of the Kermit-Reagan County game.

Pecos' junior varsity also defeated Alpine on Tuesday, 30-29. Kristy Contreras led the JV with five points.


Burns 0 0-2 0; Garza 1 3-6 5; Salmon 5 1-2 13; Ruiz 0 0-0 0; Fort 3 0-1 6; DelaO 0 0-0 0; Steen 3 0-0 6. Totals 12 4-11 30.

PECOS (40)

Rodriguez 1 0-0 2; Franco 0 0-0 0; Ornelas 2 0-2 4; Mendoza 1 0-0 2; Herrera 6 2-6 14; Martinez 1 0-1 2; V. Garcia 0 0-0 0; D. Garcia 1 0-1 2; Terry 7 0-0 14. Totals 19 2-10 40.

Alpine 9 10 4 7 _ 30

Pecos 13 7 8 12 _ 40

Three-point goals: Alpine 2 (Salmon 2), Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Alpine 21, Pecos 18.

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