Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Eagles down Tors in OT, lose quarterfinal to Cubs
The Pecos Eagles basketball team did something Monday afternoon they
hadn't done in over 20 years - they beat the Lamesa Golden Tornadoes on
the Tors' home court.
But after pulling out a 46-41 win in overtime Monday afternoon in
the opening round of the Lamesa Holiday Tournament, the Eagles were
unable to come up with a second win of the day, losing to the
Brownfield Cubs, 54-46 Monday night, in a quarterfinal round match-up.
The loss dropped Pecos into a 2:30 p.m. game today against Slaton,
in the consolation round of the three-day tournament. Coach Joe Flores
said the Eagles had to win in order to advance in the tournament's
consolation finals on Wednesday.
Oscar Parada scored 25 points against Lamesa, and the Eagles
survived losing a lead to the Tors in the fourth quarter, rallying to
tie the game in the closing minutes to force overtime.
"We actually had the lead for most of the game, but then they got
ahead by about four points with a few minutes to play," Flores said. In
the overtime, he said the Eagles were able to get a quick five-point
lead and held on to advance to the quarterfinals against Brownfield.
"We played really good defense against Lamesa, but that kind of
tired us out against Brownfield," Flores said. He added that guard
Victor Reyes suffered a pulled groin muscle, which also hurt the Eagles
in their loss to the Cubs.
"It was all us. We had 28 turnovers, and more than half of those we
just unforced types of turnovers where somebody would just throw it out
of bounds," Flores said. "We were also so much slower than earlier
today against Lamesa."
The Eagles' coach also said rebounding was a problem in both games,
even though they were able to pull out a win in the opener. "Lamesa had
22 offensive rebounds against us, and Brownfield had 14 offensive
rebounds against us. We not very tall, but we also were not blocking
out like we should," he said.
Parada also led Pecos in scoring in their loss to the Cubs, but
finished that game with only 10 points.
The split gave Pecos a 6-8 record going into today's game against
Slaton. The Eagles can get their record back up to .500 with a win
today and a victory on Wednesday in the consolation finals. Win or
lose, Pecos will have one more game before the end of the holiday
break, Saturday afternoon in Andrews.
Pecos' girls are off until Friday, after winning consolation 10 days
ago at the Fort Davis Tournament. The Eagles will be in Crane on
Friday, then finally get to play their home opener on Jan. 6, also
against the Golden Cranes.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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