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Monday, February 3, 2003

Bears survive fouls, injury to surprise Cougars

Staff Writer
BALMORHEA, Feb. 3, 2002 - Wounded Bears are more dangerous, as it turns out.

Well, maybe not "wounded" _ Balmorhea's Amber Briceno was merely suffering from a severely sprained ankle at the end of Friday's game against the Dell City Cougars. She injured it in the third quarter of the game, and spent the next 1½ quarters on the bench, until Savanna Matta picked up her fifth foul with the score tied and 14 seconds to play.

That forced Bears' coach Melinda Flores to put Briceno back into the game, since Balmorhea had started the night with only six players suited up and spent the previous 1:06 with only four players on the floor, after Vanessa Baeza fouled out with 1:20 to play.

"That's when I told her to go out on the court and just stay there," Flores said, as Briceno was at the Dell City end of the court while Tamra Macero was hitting the second of her two foul shots, giving the Cougars a 38-37 lead.

The Bears then inbounded the ball against a Dell City press, and were able to throw upcourt to Briceno, guarded by only one Cougar player eight feet from the basket. She took one step, turned and banked the ball home for her only basket of the night with six seconds to play, and Dell City was unable to get a shot off before the final buzzer, giving the Bears a 39-38 victory and a half-game lead over the Cougars for the second playoff berth out of District 9-A with one game to play.

"It can't get better than that, when you have a hurt girl come in and make the last shot" said Flores, whose team needed a win on Friday to stay in the playoff race.

Balmorhea already was in danger of playing shorthanded in the first half, when both Briceno and Matta picked up their fourth foul in the second period. Briceno had three before the game was a few minutes old, and Dell City, led by Shayra Dean and Rocio Hernandez, went out to a 10-2 lead after one period. But then both Dean and Hernandez got into foul trouble, forcing coach Shelly Akers to juggle her line-up, and the Bears began their comeback.

Matta hit a lay-up to open the second period, and baskets by Larisa Rodriguez and Julia Garlick got Balmorhea to within 10-8. Rodriguez then put the Bears ahead 11-10 with a basket and free throw, that also gave Hernandez her third foul, and two baskets and two foul shots by Garlick would eventually put the Bears ahead by a 17-11 score.

"In the first quarter we started slow and had a couple of turnovers and started forcing some shots," Flores said. "Amber also had three fouls in the first quarter, so we had to slack off a little on defense. But we picked it up after that."

In the third period Dell City regained control, outscoring Balmorhea 19-9 in the quarter to take a 32-26 lead. Three baskets by Dean early in the period allowed the Cougars to re-tie the game at 22-all, and after a three-pointer by Trina Jurado, Macero answered with a 3 of her own and Brandy Nikota then hit two foul shots on the play that sent Briceno to the bench with her sprained ankle.

Jurado would keep the Bears in the game at the end of the third period and the start of the fourth, hitting two more 3-pointers to keep Balmorhea close. The Bears then got a break when Dean fouled out with 5:11 left in the game, and Hernandez picked up her fifth foul with 42 seconds left and the Cougars up by two.

Garlick missed both free throws after that foul, but 18 seconds later after a steal by Jurado she would hit a rebound jumper to tie the score at 37-all and set up the final 14 seconds.

"They have two key players, No 10, Shayla and Rocio, No. 15. I knew when they got into foul trouble they wouldn't be as aggressive, and when we got one of them out of the lineup, that helped us," Flores said.

Jurado had 11 points and Garlick 10 for the Bears, who are 5-2 in district going into their final regular season game on Tuesday against Fort Davis. The Maidens already have clinched the 9-A title, but a win by the Bears would give them second place over Dell City, which completed its district schedule on Friday. A loss would force a playoff for second place between the two teams, probably in Van Horn.


Dean 5 0-1 10; Nilsen 0 0-0 0; Hernandez 5 2-5 12; Macero 2 3-10 8; Nickota, 2 2-4 6; Wright 0 0-0 0; Ropes 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 7-20 38.


Baeza 1 0-3 2; Jurado 4 0-2 11; Matta 2 3-9 7; Briceno 1 0-0 2; Garlick 4 2-5 10; Rodriguez 3 1-3 7. Totals 15 6-22 39.

Dell City 10 3 19 6 _ 38

Balmorhea 2 15 9 13 _ 39

Three-point goals: Dell City 1 (Macero), Balmorhea 3 (Juardo 3). Fouled out: Dell City, Dean, Hernandez. Balmorhea, Baeza, Matta. Total fouls: Dell Cit 20, Balmorhea 21.

Turnover woes extend Eagles' loss streaks

PRESIDIO, Feb. 3, 2003 - Pecos Eagles basketball coaches Veronica Valenzuela and Joe Flores had similar complaints following their losses Friday night to the Presidio Blue Devils, and turnovers were at the center of them.

Pecos' girls jumped out to an 8-2 lead on Presidio, then saw the Blue Devils come back to score 12 straight points before the end of the first quarter. The Eagles eventually were able to re-tie the game, but giveaways allowed the Blue Devils to come away with their first District 4-3A win of the season, 42-35 over the Eagles.

Pecos' boys were tied with Presidio at 13-13 after one period, but saw their ongoing scoring problems combine with a series of turnovers in the middle periods to allow the host Blue Devils to outscore the Eagles 34-10 on the way to a 60-41 victory.

"We couldn't shoot the ball against Presidio and we didn't take care of the ball," Flores said. "We actually played good halfcourt defense. The kids really understand what they're doing on defense, but they got a lot of their points off turnovers. We probably had more turnovers against Presidio than in any other game this year."

Jacob Ramirez was the Eagles' main problem again on Friday. The Blue Devils' guard, who rallied his team to a 58-55 win in Pecos on Jan. 14, scored 19 points on Friday to lead all scorers, while three other Presidio players ended up in double figures.

Pecos got points from almost every one of their players, but only Isiah Armendariz managed to get into double figures. The senior post scored 12 points, though Flores said he was "blanketed" by the Blue Devils' defense.

"Whenever teams find out what you do best they adjust to it, and we've got to adjust to the teams that have scouted us, but we haven't done that," said Flores, whose team falls to 0-7 in district play, while Presidio improved to 3-4.

Pecos' girls had beaten Presidio by six points in pre-district play and by 26 points at home in district earlier in January, but Valenzuela said, "It was the same as last year. We beat them two times and then didn't think we'd have to play down there.

"We made lots of mental mistakes, and we couldn't run the press break. We'd break the press and go down on the fast break and couldn't even catch the ball," she said.

"Number 40 (post Karla Garcia) got a couple of blocks against us, and then it seemed like we were intimidated after that. We didn't want to take the ball inside and get it blocked, but we'd end up throwing it away," Valenzuela said.

"As far as defense goes, Mari Mendoza did a good job She was all over the floor, but she didn't get a lot of help.

Both Pecos and Presidio are now 1-8 in district, going into the final day of regular season play on Tuesday. The Eagles will close out their season with a 6 p.m. game against Kermit, followed by the boys' game against the Yellowjackets, at about 7:30 p.m.

Friday, boys

PECOS (41)

Sanchez 1 0-0 3; Parada 1 1-2 3; Armendariz 4 3-4 12; Mendoza 0 0-0 0; Barreno 1 1-2 3; Hinojoz 3 2-2 8; Lara 1 0-0 2; Parent 2 0-0 4; Ortega 3 0-0 6. Totals 16 7-10 41.


Flores 2 4-4 9; Lopez 0 0-0 0; Carrasco 0 0-0 0; Ramirez 9 0-0 19; Rodriguez 4 2-4 10; Dominguez 4 1-2 10; Covos 1 0-0 2; Bull 4 2-2 10. Totals 24 9-12 60.

Pecos 13 8 2 1 8 _ 41

Presidio 13 18 16 13 _ 60

Three-point goals: Pecos 2 (Sanchez, Armendariz), Presidio 3 (Flores, Ramirez, Dominguez). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Pecos 15, Presidio 10.

Balmorhea clinches district despite off night

Staff Writer

The Balmorhea Bears missed a lot of lay-ups Friday night, in their game against Dell City. But they took more than enough over the final 12 minutes of the first half against the Cougars to offset their shooting problems, as the Bears rolled to a 72-49 home court victory and clinched the District 9-A title.

"That was one of our worst games," said Bears' coach Adolfo Garcia. "The first time we played them at their place we beat them by 18 points. This time we beat them by more, but it was a lot uglier."

The missed shots in the early going allowed Dell City to grab an 8-5 lead behind the scoring of Eloy Perez, who had six of his 15 points in the run. But the Bears then began coming up with a series of turnovers, and while they failed to convert several into baskets, they made enough by the end of the period to take a 16-11 lead, and continued that into the second quarter to grab a 31-17 halftime lead.

Balmorhea post Jourmain Matta had a 3-point jumper and a trio of rebound lay-ups to start the rally, but guard Ivan Rodriguez led the run for the Bears, and ended up leading all scorers with 21 points. "He had to take over, because our other kids weren't playing today," said Garcia. "I told him nobody else is being aggressive on offense, so you have to do it."

Rodriguez had the Bears' first eight points in the period, before Urban Baeza hit a 3-pointer and Michael Rodriguez hit a jumper to give Balmorhea a 29-15 lead. Dell City would cut that lead to nine early in the third period, after a 3-pointer by Perez, but Baeza answered with another 3, and after a Perez lay-up, Sammy Dominguez and Ivan Rodriguez scored on back-to-back three-point plays, which increased the lead to 40-24.

Balmorhea never led by fewer than 14 points in the final period, and got their first 20-point lead at 65-45 on a basket by Matta, who finished with 18 points.

The victory gave Balmorhea a 7-0 district record and an 18-2 mark for the season, going into their final 9-A contest against Fort Davis on Tuesday. After that, Garcia said the Bears would play a practice game against Iraan in Fort Stockton on Friday, while waiting to find out who they'll face out of District 10-A in the bi-district round of the Class A-Division II playoffs.

Currently, the Bears are ranked 14th in the Class A-Division II rankings. Balmorhea advanced to the Division II state semifinals last season before losing to Utopia.

Balmorhea's junior varsity team also came away with a big win over Dell City on Friday, downing the Cougars by a 69-37 final score.


Munda 0 0-0 0; Gomez 0 0-0 0; Garcia 3 0-0 9; Perez 7 0-0 15; Slaughter 6 3-4 15; Utley 1 0-1 2; Archunde 3 0-0 6; Hill 0 0-0 0; Mack 0 0-0 0; Parra 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 3-5 49.


M. Rodriguez 4 0-0 9; K. Baeza 1 0-0 2; Dominguez 3 1-1 7; Barrgan 2 1-1 5; Is. Rodriguez 1 0-0 2; U. Baeza 2 1-2 7; Matta 8 0-2 18; Iv. Rodriguez 8 5-7 21. Totals 29 8-13 72.

Dell City 11 6 17 15 _ 49

Balmorhea 16 15 17 24 _ 72

Three-point goals: Dell City 4 (Garcia 3, Perez), Balmorhea 6 (U. Baeza 2, Matta 2, Dominguez, K. Baeza). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Dell Cit 13, Balmorhea 12.

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