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Thursday, January 2, 2003

Eagles to face district rivals at tournament

District 4-3A play won't begin until the end of next week, but the Pecos Eagle boys will get a little preview of district play today and Friday, when they compete in the Fort Stockton Tournament.

The tournament is only a four team round-robin affair, which will begin for Pecos at 4 p.m. today with a game against the Midland Christian Mustangs. After that, the Eagles will face district rival Monahans tonight at 7:30 p.m., then come back at 7 p.m. on Friday to take on the host Panthers, who they'll also face twice when 4-3A play begins.

The Eagles are 8-6 on the season following their 58-49 win over the Jal Panthers at home on Monday, while Midland Christian comes into this afternoon's game at 11-7 after losing in double overtime to Lubbock Cooper, 72-66. Zac Schwartz led Midland Christian with 20 points.

"They like to shoot the a lot of 3-pointers," said Eagles' coach Joe Florez. "They're up and down the court and have one kid, Schwartz who's averaging about 25-26 points a game. They like to run him off a lot of high picks where he likes to pull up and score. We'll see if we can disrupt him today."

Flores is hoping his team also can start off better today than they did in their last two games, even though both ended up in victories. "We started on Monday kind of like we did against Crane. We didn't make our baskets and we were impatient," he said. "But we came out and in the second half settled down and were more patient. We made some adjustments in the offense and it paid off."

The Eagles' games against Monahans and Fort Stockton figure to be a preview of the battle for the playoffs when district play opens. Pecos already owns two non-district wins over 4-3A rival Presidio, and have yet to face any of the other district squads, while Kermit and Midland Greenwood are the favorites for two of the post-season playoff berths, with the Eagles, Loboes and Panthers fighting it out for the No. 3 playoff spot.

Pecos' girls, meanwhile, will open their district schedule on Friday in Monahans against the Loboes. The Eagles are 6-6 on the season after going 1-2 at the Iraan Tournament last weekend, losing to McCamey and Wink while defeating Irion County.

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