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Eagles' playoff hopes end as Loboes foil comeback

Staff Writer

For 31/2 quarters of Saturday night's game, the Monahans Loboes shot better from the outside, and rebounded better on the inside against the Pecos Eagles. The result was a 13-point lead for the Loboes with less than four minutes to play in the game.

For the next three minutes, the Eagles controlled the backboards and also came away with a series of steals on the full-court press against Monahans, which culminated with an Oscar Parada rebound lay-up with just under a minute left that turned what had been a 61-47 lead into a 65-60 advantage.

Parada was also fouled by Matt Walsh on the play, but missed the foul shot that would have cut the lead to four, and the Loboes were able to pull away in the final minute for a 72-62 win, eliminating Pecos from the District 4-3A playoff race.

"We didn't have the same defensive intensity like we've had the last four games. Maybe we were just trying to do too much," said Eagles' coach Joe Flores.

"Offensively, we haven't been a good team all season long, and today was no exception, but our feet were just slower than they were today."

Houston Stockman set the tone for the game at the outset, driving through the Eagles' defense repeatedly in the first period for lay-ups. Stockman scored the Loboes' first eight points and finished with 24 points overall on the night, and Monahans ended the first period with a 15-8 lead.

Stockman also had two of Monahans' seven 3-point shots on the night, including one late in the first half that came after back-to-back 3s by Jose Reyes and Parada cut an 11-point deficit to five.

"Our intensity wasn't there, but you've got to give Monahans credit. Every time we scored and got close they came down with a big 3. They shot the ball outstandingly," Flores said. The Loboes were over 50 percent from 3-point range and over 90 percent from the foul line, going 10-for-11 with their lone miss in the final 10 seconds of play, while Pecos was well below 50 percent from long distance and barely over 50 from the line.

Along with Stockman, Casey Myers also broke the 20-point barrier for Monahans. He finished with 22, and did most of his damage in the second half, including two steals and lay-ups around 3-point jumper to start the final period, widening the Loboes' 45-36 lead to 52-36.

Meanwhile, for Pecos, Justin Lara found some openings inside to finish with a season-high 18 points. He had six of Pecos' eight first quarter points, and six more in the final period, when the Eagles finally came alive.

After Parada hit his second 3-pointer of the night, Lara would score on a lay-up, Victor Reyes would hit a jumper, Ricardo Morales scored off a steal and Reyes would hit another jumper to cut the margin to 63-58. Myers got open for a lay-up underneath with 1:09 to play, before Parada hit his rebound shot 13 seconds later.

After his free throw miss, Monahans was able to run 17 seconds off the clock before Lara was called for an intentional foul on Myers. He hit just one of two free throws, but Monahans got the ball back, and this time Dimas Porras was fouled and hit both shots, which widened the margin to 68-60 with 32 seconds remaining.

"Myers and Stockman are both good guards and we were just too slow to keep up with them tonight," said Flores. "They got a lot of easy lay-ups off penetration."

The loss leaves Pecos with a 2-7 record in district and a 9-19 mark on the season. Monahans improved to 5-4 in district and 13-15 overall and all but clinched a playoff berth. The Loboes will officially clinch either with a win on Tuesday over second place Kermit or a loss by Presidio to Greenwood, which clinched the 4-3A title on Friday by routing the Yellowjackets, 82-48.

The Eagles will close out their 2003-04 season on Tuesday night in Fort Stockton against the Panthers.

MONAHANS (72) Roberson 2 0-0 4; Kenyon 0 0-0 0; Walsh 1 2-2 4; Castillo 0 0-0 0; Stockman 10 2-3 24; Porras 4 2-2 13; Franco 2 0-0 4; Myers 8 4-4 22; Najar 0 0-0 0; Powell 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 10-11 72.

PECOS (62) Parada 5 5-10 17; Morales 3 3-5 9; Pina 1 1-2 3; J.Reyes 2 0-0 5; Lara 9 0-0 18; Bustamates 0 0-0 0; V. Reyes 5 0-0 10. Totals 25 9-17 62. Monahans 15 16 14 27 -- 72 Pecos 8 13 15 26 -- 62

Three-point goals: Monahans 7 (Porras 3, Stockman 2, Myers 2), Pecos 3 (Parada 2, J. Reyes). Fouled out: Monahans, Walsh. Pecos, V. Reyes. Total fouls: Monahans 16, Pecos 14.

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