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Monday, January 27, 2003
Turnovers, bad shooting cost Eagles in Stockton
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Jan. 27, 2003 - Same problems, same results for the Pecos Eagle basketball
teams in Fort Stockton on Friday night.
Pecos' girls suffered through a five-minute bout of
turnovers midway through the opening quarter of their game, which allowed
the Prowlers to go on a 21-1 run, turning a 10-3 deficit into a 24-11 lead.
The Eagles would eventually cut that margin back to four points late in
the third period, but Pecos then missed three chances to score off a steal
to start the final period, and Fort Stockton took control after
that, going on to win by a 60-49 final score.
Missed chances were the rule for Pecos' boys in their game
against Fort Stockton. The Eagles missed their first 11 shots of the
game, including several uncontested lay-ups, which allowed Fort
Stockton to jump out to a 9-0 lead, and an 18-6 lead after one period. Then,
just as they did in their loss last Tuesday to Monahans, the Eagles cut
their double-digit deficit down to one point, but could never make the
key play to take the lead, as the Panthers pulled away for a 61-51
win at the Williams Center in Fort Stockton.
"When you just can't make shots you just can't make
shots," said coach Joe Flores, who saw the Panthers block eight shots
by Pecos to go along with the Eagles' shooting difficulties.
Isaiah Armendariz, who scored 30 points in last Tuesday's 67-60
loss to Monahans, put in 20 on Friday and John Parent added 14 points.
But none of the other Eagles were much of a factor on offense except
during the run in the third period that cut the lead to one point twice. Steals
and lay-ups by Genaro Mendoza and Parent and a jumper by got the
Eagles to within 36-35, and Pecos then appeared to get a break when
Adam Garcia went to the line and missed two straight foul shots. But
Pecos was unable to control the rebound and Garcia got it back, hitting a
10-foot jumper for a 38-35 lead.
Armendariz answered with a lay-up, but Fort Stockton's
Angel Marquez and Isai Rojas nailed 3-pointers on Fort Stockton's
next two trips down court to widen the lead back to seven. Baskets
by Armendariz would cut the margin down to three as the final
period opened, but in the final period Parent was the only other Pecos
player to score a point, and Fort Stockton began blanketing
Armendariz, shutting him down until the final minute of the game.
"When you have five guys around one and can't get your other
offensive guys open you have problems," said Flores, who added that the
Eagles' problems also extended to their rebounding on Friday. "Most of the
time this year our rebounding has been good, but tonight it was bad.
"I know how hard our kids are working, and knowing our backs
are against the wall a game like this is tough to swallow," said Flores,
whose team fell to 0-5 in district and 10-13 on the season.
The girls were more aggressive than in their loss earlier this month at
home against Fort Stockton, which helped them in the opening minutes. The
Eagles got a lay-up and foul shots from Erica Franco and Stephanie Herrera to go
out to their 10-3 lead with three minutes left in the period, before losing control
of the ball both through turnovers and failure to rebound. Erica Munoz hit
a rebound lay-up, Savannah Carrillo added two lay-ups and Rachelle
Ramos nailed a 3-pointer to put Fort Stockton ahead to stay.
The Prowlers would be up 16-10 by the end of the period, and after a
foul shot by Herrera to start the second period, scored the next eight points
to grab a 13-point advantage, finishing it off with a steal and lay-up by
Miranda Garza with just 1:47 gone in the quarter. Pecos spent the next 14 minutes
slowing getting back into the game, finally
getting to within four points on a pair of Leslie Rodriguez free throws with 15.7
seconds left in the third period.
But the Eagles then let Tammy Cash score the first of her
three baskets, all off offensive rebounds, before the quarter ended, and
then started turning the ball over again in the final four minutes of the
game, which allowed the Prowlers to go up by as much as an 18-point margin,
at 59-41, on Cash's third and final rebound lay-up of the night.
The Eagles ended up taking 41 foul shots on the night, 15 more than
Fort Stockton, and gained a little ground on the Prowlers there, but not
enough. Pecos hit 24 free throws to 14 for the Panthers, though many of the
shots came late in the game, after the game was already decided.
Rodriguez and Herrera had nine points apiece to lead Pecos, which
is 7-12 on the season and 1-6 in District 4-3A play. Munoz had 12 points
and Garza and Carrillo 10 apiece for Fort Stockton, which moved into
sole possession of third place in the district standings with a 4-3 record.
Both Pecos teams will be back home on Tuesday night to face
first place Midland Greenwood. Both the boys and girls teams
defeated Presidio on Friday to remain unbeaten in the district standings.
Rodriguez 3 3-4 9; Franco 1 5-6 7; Ornelas 0 1-2
1; Mendoza 0 0-0 0; Herrera 2 4-8 9; Martinez 3 2-5 8;
D. Garcia 0 7-12 7; Terry 3 2-4 8. Totals 12 24-41 49.
FORT STOCKTON (60)
Holguin 1 2-4 4; Acosta 2 0-0 5; Barron 0 1-2 1;
Munoz 4 4-5 112; Carrillo 4 0-0 10; Garza 3 4-7 10; Cash 3 3-6
9; Ramos 3 0-2 7; Singh 1 0-0 2; Duarte 0 0-0 0. Totals 21
Pecos 10 9 14 16 _ 49
Ft.. Stockton 16 13 10 21 _ 60
Three-point goals: Pecos 1 (Herrera), Fort
Stockton 4 (Carrillo 2, Acosta, Ramos). Fouled out: Fort
Stockton, Holguin. Total fouls: Pecos 26, Fort Stockton 27.
Sanchez 0 1-2 1; Parada 1 0-0 2; Armendariz 10
0-1 20; Mendoza 1 0-0 2; Hinojos 1 0-0 2; Lara 3 0-0
6; Parent 5 3-6 14; Ortega 2 0-0 4; V. Reyes 0 0-0 0.
Totals 23 4-9 51.
FORT STOCKTON (61)
Mowry 2 0-0 6; Armendariz 0 0-0 0; Tavarez 4
0-0 9; Rivera 0 0-2 0; Marquez 4 2-2 10; Garcia 5 5-11
15; Rojas 3 3-4 10; Valasquez 1 0-0 3; Howard 0 0-0 0;
Flores 0 0-0 0; Gonzalez 1 2-2 4. Totals 20 14-21 61.
Pecos 8 13 18 12 _ 51
Ft.. Stockton 18 10 16 17 _ 61
Three-point goals: Pecos 1 (Parent), Fort Stockton
7 (Mowry 2, Marquez 2, Tavarez, Rojas, Velasquez).
Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Pecos 17, Fort Stockton 14.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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