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Friday, December 13, 2002

Amarillo, Midland teams down Eagles in tourneys

The opening games of tournament play in Monahans and Stanton were rough ones for both the Pecos Eagle boys and girls basketball teams on Thursday.

The boys ran into problems with Amarillo Caprock's tall front line and their own shooting problems on offense and dropped a 66-40 decision in the opening round of the Monahans Sandhills Tournament. Pecos' girls, meanwhile, had an even rougher time in the Stanton Tournament, as they were beaten in their opener by Midland Christian, 75-27.

The boys will face Andrews, 54-38 losers in their tournament opener against El Paso Riverside, in the consolation quarterfinals of the tournament, scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the Monahans High School gym. The girls were scheduled to have faced District 4-3A rival Kermit in their consolation semifinal game Thursday afternoon, but no results were available on that game, or on the scorers in Thursday's morning's loss to Midland Christian. Kermit lost their opener to Reagan County, 44-33.

Eagles' coach Joe Flores said the boys' main problem in the game was on offense, especially in the opening period when Pecos was outscored 11-2. "Out defense in the first half was awesome, but we just couldn't hit a shot," he said. "We missed two lay-ups and we missed open shots from right near the basket.

"Basically, we got off to a bad start. Our offensive presence wasn't there," he said, adding that with Caprock's big front line, Pecos often got only one chance to shoot each time down.

"We got a lot of one-and-outs. There were not a lot of offensive rebounds like in our past games," he said. "This is the first time this year we've played a team bigger across the board and more physical than we are."

At the half, the Eagles were down by a 26-11 score, but Flores said they were able to narrow the gap for a while in the third period. "We were down by 10 at one point, but they came back and hit two three-pointers in a row and knocked the breath out of us, and we couldn't recover," he said.

Amarillo ended up widening their lead to 51-28 after three periods, and ended up winning by the final 26-point margin.

Justin Lara was the only Pecos player in double figures, finishing with 10 points, while Caprock was led by Cheston Mitchell and David Hernandez, both with 16 points. The loss dropped Pecos to 4-5 on the season, while Amarillo improved to 5-6 overall.

Today's game against Andrews will be the second meeting of the Eagles and Mustangs this season. Pecos opened the year with a 49-38 loss at home to Andrews, in a game where the Eagles also struggled with their shooting, while allowing Andrews to take control in the third period with a series of lay-ups off `back door' passes.

"That's not going to happen this time," said Flores, whose team will face either district rival Presidio or Academa Juarez in their next game on Saturday. A win today would put Pecos in a 10 a.m. game on Saturday in the consolation semifinals, while if the Eagles lose they'll play in the "guaranteed game" on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Presidio suffered a 100-point loss to tournament favorite Lubbock Estacado in their opener on Thursday, 121-21, while Seminole defeated Juarez, 58-42. Lubbock High downed Fort Stockton, Denver City defeated El Paso Jefferson, Dumas beat Tahoka and Lamesa defeated the host Loboes in the other half of the tournament bracket.

Pecos' girls could also end up facing Presidio on Saturday in the Stanton Tournament. They lost their opening round game to Iraan, 71-27 and will face Sterling City, 53-31 losers to Rankin, in the consolation semifinals.

PECOS (40)
Sanchez 1 0-0 2; Armendariz 3 2-4 8; Mendoza 0 0-0  0; Reyes 1 1-2 4; Barreno 4 0-1 9; Hinojoz 0 4-4 4; Lara 3  4-4 10; Parent 0 0-0 0; Ortega 1 1-1 3; Lerma 0 0-0 0,  Totals 13 12-16 40.

Marquez 0 2-2 2; Davis 1 0-0 2; Russell 2 0-0 6; Price 2  3-4 8; C. Mitchell 7 1-1 16; J. Hernandez 2 0-3 4; Frauilo 1  0-0 2; D. Hernandez 8 0-0 16; W. Mitchell 3 2-3 8; Burks 0  0-0 0. Totals 26 8-13 66.

Pecos                   2       9     17     12       _ 40
Ama. Caprock     11     15     25     15     _ 66
Three-point goals: Pecos 2 (Reyes, Barreno), Caprock  4 (Russell 2, Price, C. Mitchell). Fouled out: None.  Total fouls: Pecos 16, Amarillo Caprock 16.

Swimmers go to Seminole for last 2002 meet

The Pecos Eagles swim team will get to see another of their future regional rivals from the El Paso area this weekend, along with all of their District 3-4A rivals, when they compete at the Seminole Invitational.

The meet will be the final one before the Christmas holidays for the Eagles, and the next-to-last one for them prior to the 3-4A swim meet in Pecos at the end of January. Carlsbad, Hobbs and Odessa High will also be in the field, as will El Paso High, one of the teams the Eagles will see in February at the Region I-4A meet in Lubbock.

Coach Terri Morse said that because of football, she'll have a couple of more swimmers than expected at this weekend's meet. Junior K.W. Winkles and freshman Roger Quintana were scheduled to participate in the all-region band event on Saturday, but Morse said "Since (Midland) Greenwood is still in the playoffs, they moved the all-region band to Monday, so I'll have them."

"Everyone's going to pretty much swim in the same place they did last week," she said, referring to the Coker Invitational at Fort Stockton, where Pecos won both the boys and girls division titles. However, Morse said she still might make some chances in the lineup for Pecos' relays, after the Eagles were beaten in two of last Saturday's three relays by Big Spring.

"With the boys I'll still look at Daniel (Quintana) in the freestyle leg (of the 200 medley relay), but I'm not sure if I'll pull him from his second (individual) event to put him on the relay," she said. "I might do it because Big Spring is going to be here, and they won't be in Lubbock," which will be the Eagles' final pre-district meet on Jan. 3-4.

On the girls' side, Morse said, "The girls' relays will be basically the same. I'm getting Kelsey (Flores) back; she was out last week, but we'll be without Rebecca Reynolds, who'll be taking a test on Saturday.

Morse said competition would start tonight with diving, at 5 p.m., while the swimming competition would begin on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Boxers going to McKinney, Lubbock bouts

Two Pecos-Barstow Warbird fighters will be in action this weekend, one in Open Division competition in Lubbock and the other at the State Silver Gloves Tournament in McKinney.

Aaron Mendoza will fight in the state tournament on Saturday in the east Dallas suburb, after earning a berth in the tournament at the regional competition in Odessa on Oct. 8-9. Mendoza is a 12-year-old 7th grader at Crockett Middle School, and was the only fighter from Pecos to compete in the Odessa tournament.

Meanwhile, Warbirds' manager Roy Juarez said he would be heading to Lubbock on Saturday with fighter Gilbert Rodriguez for a tournament there.

"It will be his first fight," said Juarez of Rodriguez, who'll fight at 190-pounds in the Novice-Open Division. "Hopefully, he'll do good."

Juarez said Mendoza left for Dallas on Thursday to prepare for Saturday's bout. He and Rodriguez are among about a half-dozen fighters Juarez and Fred Martin are working with right now.

"Hopefully in January we'll start getting some more kids," Juarez said. "I'd like to get some more girls who are dedicated to box. Right now we only have one, Delicia Ramirez, out there."

Ramirez was scheduled to fight at the Silver Gloves Tournament in October, but Juarez said they were unable to find an opponent in her division.

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