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Monday, January 27, 2003

Turnovers, bad shooting cost Eagles in Stockton

Staff Writer

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.

Friday, girls

PECOS (49)

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.


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 14-26 60.

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.

Friday, boys

PECOS (51)

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.


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.

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