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January 29, 1997

Eagle boys fall short in comeback effort

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SAN ANGELO, Jan. 29, 1997 - Two 17-point comebacks against the San
Angelo Lake View Chiefs in one month was one too many for the Pecos
Eagles to pull off, as they saw a second half rally Tuesday night in San
Angelo come up short.

The Eagles, who rallied from a 55-38 deficit late in the third period on
Jan. 10 to win, 74-71, were down again by 17 points in the third period,
before rallying to within five points with just over a minute to play.
But Lake View's Lanze Velez was able to connect from the foul line, and
Pecos ran out of 3-point shots at the finish and lost, 77-69.

Fabien Adame had 14 points in the first half, which ended with the
Eagles' down six. But just as in the first meeting, Lake View came out
hot in the third period, widening a 32-26 margin to 61-44 behind Richard
Luna, who had seven 3-pointers as part of a 24-point night.

Eric Abila got hot from the outside down the stretch, hitting four
3-pointers overall to lead Pecos' comeback. The Eagles outscored the
Chiefs 23-11 over an eight minutes period ad trailed 72-67 with 1:17 to
play. They were the forced to foul three straight times to get into the
bonus and get Lake View onto the foul line when they did, Velez hit both
free throws, and Omar Hinojos missed from the corner, with Luna getting
the rebound.

The loss all but ended Pecos' post-season hopes, with a 1-6 mark, 8-13
overall. Lake View remained tied for second in the District 4-4A
standings at 4-3 with Big Spring, 60-53 winners at Andrews, and Fort
Stockton, which pulled off the biggest upset of the season, in handing
Sweetwater its first district loss, 52-51.

The Chiefs will hope for some help from the Eagles over the next seven
days, as Pecos hosts Big Spring on Friday and Fort Stockton next

Pecos' scoring drought

gives Lake View victory

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SAN ANGELO, Jan. 29 -- Scoring continued to be a problem for the Pecos
Eagle girls in their final road game of the 1996-97 season.

The Eagles managed just a field goal by Penny Armstrong in the second
period Tuesday in San Angelo, as they saw a two-point deficit to the
Lake View Maidens after one period turn into a 25-8 halftime hole, a
lead they couldn't overcome in the final two periods, as San Angelo held
on for a 50-40 victory.

"We took seven shots in the second quarter," said Eagles' coach Patty
Hall. "Lori (Marquez) went to the bench with the score 12-6, and when
she came back, it was 21-6."

Marquez scored all of the Eagles' first period points, and put in
another 18 in the second half to lead all scorers with 24 despite
playing at less than 100 percent. "Lori was kind of sick before the
game. She had an upset stomach, and that's why I pulled her out in the
second quarter, because she was looking kind of bad," Hall said.

Other than their lack of shots, Hall said turnovers hurt Pecos in the
second period. "We threw the ball away and forced it in transition, and
we didn't have any offensive rebounds."

The Eagles also went another game without a 3-point shot, while San
Angelo had three, all from Cori Ensmiger. They didn't help the Maidens
get their big lead, but they did help San Angelo keep it, just as some
second half 3-pointers in Pecos on Jan. 10 allowed Lake View to hold off
an Eagle comeback.

Stacy Bartz had the Maidens' other 3-pointer and finished with 11
points, while Lee Ann Roach had 12 points and Hillary Lee 10 for Lake
View, which improved to 3-5 in district, and 9-16 on the season.

Pecos fell to 1-7 and 6-15, and close out their 1996-97 season at home
on Friday against Big Spring, which clinched the district title on
Tuesday with a 49-46 win at Andrews.

PECOS (40)
Carrasco 1 3-6 5; Levario 0 1-2 1; A. Marquez 0 0-0 0; Armstrong 2 2-2
6; L. Marquez 11 2-5 24; Bell 1 0-0 2; Thorp 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 8-15 40.

Leifste 2 2-3 6; Bullock 1 0-0 2; Lee 4 2-3 10; Ensminger 2 0-1 6; Bartz
4 2-3 11; Harper 0 0-0 0; Rodriguez 0 0-0 0; Hodges 1 0-2 2; Simpson 0
0-0 0; Irvin 0 1-2 1; Roach 6 0-0 12. Totals 20 7-14 50.

Pecos 6 2 15 17 -40
San Angelo 8 17 10 15 -50

Three-point goals: San Angelo 3 (Ensminger 2, Bartz). Fouled out: None.
Total fouls: Pecos 16, San Angelo 18.

Balmorhea again splits

games against Marathon

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MARATHON, Jan. 29 -- First quarter play set the tone for both games
Tuesday night between the Balmorhea Bears and Marathon Mustangs.

Marathon's girls jumped out to a 14-5 first period lead and maintained
that advantage all the way, as they got their second win of the season
over the Bears in District 29-A play, by a 50-38 final score.

The same was true in the boys' game, only this time, it was the Bears
who used a big first period to get their second district win over the
Mustangs. Balmorhea outscored Marathon 20-4 in the opening period, then
went on a 24-6 run after halftime in a 73-35 victory, keeping them atop
the district standings.

Kevin Castillo scored 20 points and Scott Clark added 19 for the Bears,
who improved to 4-0 in 29-A play, and 12-2 for the year. Debiasie
Mendoza and Zane Rhyne also were in double figures for the Bears with 12
and 11 points.

The girls were done in by Marathon's Renee DeLeon and Toni Aguilar. The
two had 17 ad 16 points, as the Mustangs held onto second place in the
district race with a 3-1 record.

Brenda Dutchover had a pair of 3-pointers as part of her team-high 14
points, ad Cherry Garcia added 10 for the Bears, who remain winless in
district play at 0-4, and are 5-11 on the season.

Tuesday's games were the final ones on the road in regular season play
for the Bears. They close out their schedule at home this Friday against
Buena Vista, and next Tuesday against Grandfalls.
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