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Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Eagles close season by ending losing streak

Staff Writer

It took the entire 10-game schedule of the District 4-3A season, but the shots finally fell at the right time for the Pecos Eagle boys' basketball team Tuesday night, while not falling at all for most of the night for the Fort Stockton Panthers.

The Eagles, who had fallen behind early in their most recent games due to poor shooting, hit a trio of outside shots as part of a 10-2 run to close the first period, while the Panthers couldn't break the 30 point barrier until the final two minutes of play, as Pecos closed out the 2002-03 boys basketball season with their first district win, 51-33 over Fort Stockton.

"It just feels good to get a win," said Eagles' coach Joe Flores, whose team ended a nine-game losing streak with the victory. "It's a good way to end it."

"We still didn't shoot the ball really well, but we made some big shots," he said. "Above all, our defensive intensity tonight reminded me of our team in November and December."

Pecos started slowly in both halves, taking two minutes to get their first basket at the start of the game, and nearly that to score opening the third period. But both times, they still managed to get on the scoreboard ahead of Fort Stockton. Bino Barreno hit a 10-foot jumper for the Eagles' first points, and after a basket by Darin Tavarez tied the game the Eagles went ahead for good when Joey Ortega hit one of two free throws.

Barreno would end up scoring six of the Eagles' 15 points in the opening period, including a foul line jumper during the 10-2 run that ended the quarter. John Parent and Isaiah Armendariz also hit from the outside during the run, and Armendariz began it with a lay-up off a pass by Barreno, as both players ended up scoring 10 points on the night.

Pecos led 15-5 after one period, and Fort Stockton would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way, at 19-12 off a 3-point jumper by Isai Rojas. But Jason Sanchez hit a short jumper after that, and Oscar Parada would close the half with a lay-up off a pass from the left baseline by Armendariz, giving the Eagles a 26-15 lead.

A three-point play by Ortega, who led Pecos in scoring with 12 points, began the third period scoring for the Eagles, who widened their lead to 39-20 at the end of the period and took their largest lead of the night, at 43-20, on a rebound basket by Armendariz and steal and lay-up by Barreno to begin the final period.

Fort Stockton finally did find the range in the closing minutes, as the cut the lead back to as little as 15 points in the closing minutes, but the Panthers managed only 13 field goals on the night, four in the final three minutes of play. Tavarez led Fort Stockton in scoring with nine points.

"I attribute it all to our defensive pressure," said Flores. "We were flying to the basketball tonight, and even though we didn't shoot as well as we could, we didn't take bad shots."

After going 10-8 in pre-district play, Tuesday's win allowed Pecos to end the season with an 11-17 mark, with a 1-9 record in District 4-3A. Fort Stockton, which lost in pre-district play to the Eagles but beat Pecos in their 4-3A meeting in mid-January, ended up with a 2-8 district mark.

Tuesday's game was also the final one for seniors Armendariz, Ortega, Sanchez, Genaro Mandoza, Jayson Hinojoz and Fernando Lerma. Pecos will return five varsity players next season.

The Eagles also won Tuesday's final junior varsity game, 56-51, while Fort Stockton took the freshman contest, 51-38. Victor Reyes led the JV with 17 points and Luis Licon had 15 to top the ninth graders.

Monahans clinched the final playoff berth out of District 4-3A despite a 57-45 loss at Kermit, as Greenwood downed fourth place Presidio, 57-45 The Rangers earned a first-round playoff bye, while Kermit will face Seminole and Monahans will take on Sweetwater in the bi-district round of the Class 3A playoffs.


N. Garcia 0 0-0 0; Mowry 3 0-1 6; Armendariz 0 0-0 0; Tavarez 4 1-4 9; Rivera 0 0-0 0; A. Garcia 1 2-6 4; Rojas 2 0-2 5; Flowers 0 1-2 1; Gonzales 3 2-5 8. Totals 13 6-20 33.

PECOS (51)

Sanchez 3 0-1 6; Parada 3 1-4 7; Armendariz 4 2-3 10; Mendoza 0 1-2 1; J. Reyes 0 0-0 0; Barreno 5 0-0 10; Hinojoz 1 1-2 3; Lara 0 0-0 0; Parent 1 0-0 2; Ortega 4 4-5 12; Lerma 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 9-17 51.

Ft. Stockton 5 10 5 13 _ 33

Pecos 15 11 13 12 _ 51

Three-point goals: Fort Stockton, Rojas. Technical foul: Fort Stockton, N. Garcia. Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Fort Stockton 13, Pecos 18.

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