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Pecos' boys travel to San Angelo tonight, for a 7:30 p.m. game against
the Lake View Chiefs. It follows the final road game of the season for
Pecos' girls, as they try to get out of a tie for the District 4-4A
basement, as they face the Maidens at 6 p.m.
With a 1-5 record in district, 8-12 overall, the Eagles would have been
out of the playoff race with four games to play in previous years. But
the new three playoff format, combined with the fact that - outside of
6-0 Sweetwater - no other team is over .500 in district play, gives the
Eagles a shot, so long as they can win tonight, and take their next two
games at home against Big Spring and Fort Stockton.
Those three teams are all tied for second with 3-3 marks. Lake View is
the hottest team, having come out of Fort Stockton last Friday with a
61-52 victory. It improved San Angelo's season record to 13-14.
Lance Velez was the big scorer for Lake View in their Jan. 10 game at
Pecos. He scored 22 points in the first three quarters, but was then
shut out in the final period, as the Eagles poured in 38 points in the
final 8:33 of play to wipe out a 17-point deficit and win, 75-71.
The Eagles had to survive foul shooting problems in the final minute
that night, and blew a chance to stay close to Andrews in the first half
on Friday due to bad foul shooting. They trailed 30-20 late in the half,
then were outscored 61-29 the rest of the way in a 91-49 loss.
Eagles' coach Mike Sadler said the foul shots also affect the way he
handles the game.
"I can't get into a coaching rhythm unless we make our free throws,"
said coach Mike Sadler, who likes to substitute after made foul shots in
part to stop opponents from moving the ball upcourt quickly. "When we
make our free throws, then I can use a time out and make some moves."
Pecos' girls lost at home to Lake View in their first meeting, by a
56-49 final score, as the Eagles saw two second half comebacks fall
short. Since then, they've lost four straight, and stand 2-6 after a
74-39 loss in Andrews on Friday.
Eagles' coach Patty Hall expected to get guard Erica Orona back for
tonight's game. She was elbowed in the head last Thursday in practice
and suffered a concussion, keeping her out of Friday's game.
Lake View edged Fort Stockton on Friday by a 45-42 final score to keep
their playoff hopes alive. The Maidens need a win tonight and a loss by
Sweetwater at Fort Stockton to make Friday's final regular season game
against the Mustangs meaningful.
The Eagles close their season on Friday at home against Big Spring,
which can clinch its seventh straight 4-4A girls title with a victory
over Andrews tonight.
The Eagles hold their first preseason scrimmage in Kermit next Monday
against the Yellowjackets, and begin their season on Feb. 18 with a game
against former District 4-4A rival Monahans. It's the first of 24
regular season games for Pecos, including two tournaments and 10 home
Monahans will also be the Eagles' first home opponent, on Feb. 21,
followed by an afternoon game the following day against Kermit. Pecos
then goes back to Monahans for the Sandhills Tournament on Feb. 27-March
1, followed by four straight games in Midland - at the Greenwood
Tournament March 6-8, then against Midland High following Spring Break,
on March 18.
District 4-4A play opens against Sweetwater in Pecos on March 25. It's
the first games in two seasons between the Eagles ad Mustangs, who came
back into 4-4A as Monahans' replacement this past fall.
Home and road games alternate for Pecos throughout the district
schedule, which concludes with an April 25 game at Fort Stockton. Three
teams advance to the playoffs for the first time this Spring, with the
district champion drawing a first round bye.
Pecos' junior varsity also opens its season on Feb. 18 in Monahans, then
faces the Loboes before the varsity's home opener on Feb. 21. Pecos'
freshmen open their season at home on Feb. 18 against Fort Stockton,
then go to the Panthers' first on Feb. 21.
Both team again will host their own tournament the second week of the
season. The JV begins play on Feb. 27 against Fort Stockton, and the
ninth graders the following day against Van Horn.
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