Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, December 12, 2003
Eagles' offense stumbles in openers
"Inoffensive" would be the best way to describe the Pecos Eagle
basketball teams on Thursday, in the opening round of tournament play
in Stanton and Monahans.
Pecos' boys managed just six points in the middle period of their
game against Amarillo Caprock, and were beaten by the Longhorns by a
77-30 final score in the opening round of the Sandhills Tournament in
The Eagle girls scored half that many points in the middle period of
their game against Stanton at the Hooptown Classic, managing just three
points in the second and third quarters of a 47-20 loss to the host
"Offensively we were worse than we were on Tuesday," said boys coach
Joe Flores, who said the defense did fairly well, despite the 77 points
"They were just too big for us. They had a big 6-6 and two wide 6-3,
6-4 guys. They really just beat us up down low, other than that we
played good defense. We held their leading scorer Chaston Mitchell to
five points, but they hurt us underneath," Flores said.
Pecos also played without starting forward/guard Oscar Parada, who
was out with the flu. Parada had been the Eagles' main ballhandler in
the first two weeks of play, and Flores said with Parada out of the
line-up, Pecos had problems handling the ball.
"We don't understand how to start off in transition," he said. "We
can't handle the pressure. It was 11-11 at the end of the first quarter
and we went into a turnover frenzy in the second quarter. We had 11
turnovers, and it seemed like every time we'd go downcourt we'd give
the ball away."
Bino Barreno led Pecos with 12 points, while Nick Jones topped three
players in double figures for Caprock with 17. The Longhorns improved
to 5-5 on the season, while the Eagles fell to 3-5 going into today's 4
p.m. game against former district rival San Elizario, which lost their
tournament opener to Seminole, 52-48.
"We had another practice this morning and worked on getting our
offense started off the transition. Hopefully we can get it done
today," said Flores, who added that Parada would be back in the lineup
The girls actually lost less ground to Stanton in the middle
quarters, when they managed just three points, than in the opening
period, when the Buffaloes jumped ahead by a 20-6 score. "Nobody scored
for the first five minutes of the third period," said coach Veronica
Valenzuela. Pecos trailed 29-7 at the half and was down 34-9 after
"It was pretty much like the Lamesa game (a 69-19 loss on Dec. 4).
We played well for the first four minutes then one bad thing happens
and it dominoes," Valenzuela said. "We were getting some good shots on
offense, but we weren't making them, and we still weren't shooting as
much as I'd like them to. We'd get into the lane and try to pass it off
and get it stolen away."
Adriana Armendariz and Danielle Garcia scored six points apiece for
the Eagles, 1-7, who will be off today before taking on the winner of
the Wink-Presidio game in the consolation semifinals at 10:30 a.m. on
Saturday. Pecos defeated Presidio in their season opener and lost by
two points at Wink on Nov. 25.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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