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Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Eagles survive struggles to get past Bucks, 50-39

Staff Writer

Coach Joe Flores doesn't know if the Pecos Eagles were tired or lazy  or whether it was a combination of the two. But the Eagles were at far  from their best Monday night at home, despite pulling out a victory over  the Alpine Bucks.

Pecos never trailed in the game, and got back to the .500 level on the season with a 50-39 victory over Alpine at the Pecos High School gym. But coming after last month's easy 56-24 victory on the Bucks' home court, Flores was not happy to watch his team almost blow a 15-point third quarter lead before tightening up their defense over the final three minutes of play.

"I don't know what to attribute our sloppiness to. I don't know if we're tired because we've played nine ballgames in the two weeks, or if we're starting to fall back into bad habits and just getting lazy," Flores said. "It's probably a little bit of both."

"We talked to them about what was coming and told them Alpine was a much better team than what we faced a month ago," he added. "Alpine was coming off winning the Fort Davis tournament, so they had a little momentum going. Our kids knew what was coming, but didn't respond too well."

Alpine had cut a 22-12 halftime lead to 26-20 on a Steven Rodriguez lay-up when Jose Reyes hit a 3-point shot to start a 9-0 run for Pecos over a two minute span. Isaiah Armendariz hit a lay-up and Bino Barreno scored on a length of the court drive and followed that up with a foul line jumper to give the Eagles a 35-20 lead with 90 seconds left in the third period

But that margin vanished just as quickly as it was obtained. Ryan McWilliams hit a foul line jump for Alpine to break the streak, Casey O'Bryant and Rodriguez added baskets before the quarter ended, and after Rodriguez hit a 3-point play nine seconds into the fourth quarter and Jaime Rojo scored on a lay-up off a thrown away inbounds pass by Pecos, the Bucks found themselves trailing by only a 35-31 margin with over seven minutes to play.

Jason Sanchez then hit a 3-pointer to stop that run, and the Eagles would go back out to a nine-point lead, at 41-32 after a Justin Lara lay-up with six minutes to play. But Pecos would need one more 3-pointer, this one by Armendariz with 3½ minutes remaining, to stop one more Alpine rally, after a McWilliams jumper and a 3-pointer by Rojo cut the lead back to four, at 41-37, with 3:55 to play.

"We just looked slow out there. We looked like we were going through the motions," said Flores, who was able to get his team to play better on defense after calling a time-out following Rojo's basket.

The Eagles would have trouble on offense their next couple of times down the court, but were able to deny Alpine on defense over during that same span, until McWilliams banked in a shot with 1:03 to play, cutting the lead to 44-39. The Bucks were then forced to foul to try and get the ball back, but Armendariz hit two free throws with 45.2 seconds left, and Barreno would hit one more free throw after stealing the ball from McWilliams with under 30 seconds to play, then hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final 11-point margin.

While the Eagles' 3-point shooting in the second half was on-target, they had trouble connecting on shots from closer range, but were able to stay ahead of Alpine in the first half thanks to rebound lay-ups. Armendariz, John Parent and Lara scored off rebounds of missed Pecos shots in the first period, and Armendariz would score off another rebound basket in the second period, when the Eagles doubled their five-point lead after one period to 22-12.

Armendariz finished with 13 points and Barreno had 12 for the Eagles, who improved to 6-6 on the season, while Rodriguez put in 12 points to lead Alpine.

Monday's game was the final one at home for Pecos for two weeks. They'll resume play after the Christmas holidays by hosting Jal, N.M., on Dec. 30, but before then will close out their pre-holiday schedule at Crane on Friday.

Pecos also won Tuesday's freshman and junior varsity games, by 51-44 and 54-29 scores. Josh Anchondo led the ninth graders with 17 points and Saul Pina topped the JV with 14.


Rojo 2 0-0 5; McWilliams 4 0-0 8; Villanueva 0 0-0 0; Estrada 2 0-0 5; O'Bryant 4 0-2 8; Rodriguez 5 2-3 12; Tucker 0 1-2 1; Lara 0 0-1 0. Totals 17 3-8 39.

PECOS (50)

Sanchez 1 3-4 6; Armendariz 5 2-2 13; Mendoza 0 0-0 0; Reyes 1 0-0 3; Barreno 5 1-2 12; Hinojoz 0 0-1 0; Lara 2 0-0 4; Parent 2 0-0 5; Ortega 3 1-4 7. Totals 19 7-13 50.

Alpine 5 7 14 13 _ 39

Pecos 10 12 13 15 _ 50

Three-point goals: Alpine 2 (Estrada, Rojo), Pecos 5 (Parent, Rayos, Sanchez, Armendariz, Barreno). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Alpine 11, Pecos 12.

Rec department registering kids for basketball

The Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is signing up boys and girls now through Jan. 4 for the winter Pee Wee basketball program, which will begin in January at the old Pecos High School gym.

The league will be divided into age groups, starting with children 4½ and up and continuing through sixth grade boys and girls. Parents can pick up their registration forms at the recreation department office during regular hours.

Parents returning registration forms must also provide a birth certificate and signatures from both parents on the form. Registration fee is $10 per child. For further information, contact the recreation department at 447-9776.

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