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Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Pecos teams playing in Presidio tonight

The Pecos Eagles basketball teams will head south this afternoon to Presidio, where both the boys and girls teams will be seeking their first wins in District 4-3A play against the Blue Devils, who also will be looking for their first district victories of 2004.

Pecos' girls will take on the Blue Devils in Presidio for the second time this season, beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the boys' game against the Blue Devils at about 7:30 p.m.

Both the Eagles and Blue Devils are 0-3 in district play, Pecos after their 44-29 loss at home to Greenwood this past Friday and Presidio after a 65-27 homecourt loss that night to Kermit. Back in November, the Eagles went down to Presidio to open up the 2003-04 season and scored a 57-38 win over the Blue Devils. Vanessa Garcia had 18 points and Leslie Rodriguez put in 12 in that game.

Last season, the Eagles got their only district win at home over the Blue Devils, but lost in Presidio after a non-district victory earlier in the season. "We always seem to beat them in the first game of the season, and then last year we beat them in the second game (in Pecos) and then slacked off," said Eagles' coach Veronica Valenzuela. "We can't take them lightly and be overconfident, but we do seem to have a lot more confidence playing them than we do the other (district) teams, because our girls know that they can beat them."

Presidio's boys swept the Eagles a year ago, but missed out on the playoffs. However, the Blue Devils had one of the youngest teams in district a year ago, and most of those players are back this season.

"They got a lot of easy baskets last year off penetration, and they still have the same guards as last year," said Eagles' coach Joe Flores. Jacob Ramirez led the Blue Devils to both their wins over Pecos, getting 19 points in their 19-point win at Presidio.

"They've also got two posts who are about 6-3 and they can cause a lot of problems for us. But I think we can handle them, and if we can knock down a couple of jumpers, we'll be in the game," Flores said.

Pecos had trouble hitting any shots at all on Friday and had problems handling Greenwood's big front line, as the No. 3-ranked Rangers routed the Eagles, 70-27. Oscar Parada was the only Pecos player in double figures, with 13 points.

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