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Pecos closes out the 1996-97 boys basketball season with a 7:30 p.m.
game tonight in Sweetwater, while the Mustangs have already clinched the
district title and earned a bye into the area round of the playoffs. The
Mustangs are 8-1 in district and 21-7 on the season.
The Eagles improved their record to 2-7 in district and 9-14 overall on
Tuesday, when they rallied from a nine-point deficit in the third period
to beat Fort Stockton, 53-50. Omar Hinojos had 21 points, while Jason
Abila had three steals in the final 2½ minutes, turning two into baskets
that helped the Eagles get their first victory since Jan. 10.
"Jason did a good job getting into the passing lanes and making
deflections and interceptions," said coach Mike Sadler, who thought
Abila had struggled with his quickness in recent weeks, since injuring
his shin on Jan. 9.
The Eagles will need all the quickness they can get against the
Mustangs, who scored a 78-51 victory in Pecos last month.
Sweetwater's 6-foot-7 senior post Robert Reed had 19 points, while
guards Shedrick Williams and Jason Blueford put in 13 and 11. Reed and
forward Derrick Franklin also had a pair of dunks in the third period,
when the Mustangs broke things open.
The Eagles stayed close in the first half, when Eric Abila had a trio of
three pointers. He ended up leading Pecos in scoring with 13. On
Tuesday, Abila, the lone senior on the Eagles' squad, had two 3s, while
Jacob Chavez hit three from 3-point range, after connecting on four last
Friday against Big Spring.
"Jacob was out because of grades for a while, and that hurt him as far
as his shooting goes," said Sadler.
Play opens tonight with the junior varsity matchup at 6 p.m. Pecos'
freshmen ended their season with a two-point loss to Fort Stockton on
The Eagles will be holding a "hitting fundraiser" set Saturday,
starting at 11 a.m. at the Pecos High School baseball field. Eagles'
coach Bubba Williams said players will be sponsored by businesses or
individuals, which will pay $3 per hit for each of 10 swings the players
take against a regular defensive lineup. Williams said they expected the
players to average between two and three hits per 10 swings.
The Eagles' coach added that fans would also be allowed to bat later on
Saturday against the pitching machine for a donation.
Saturday will be the first day the Eagles have all their players out,
following the completion of varsity and junior varsity basketball play
tonight. The Eagles' varsity will be at home next Saturday to scrimmage
Midland High, while JV and freshman players go to Midland. Regular
season play opens on Feb. 18 in Monahans.
The West of the Pecos 3-On-3 Men's Tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m.
on Feb. 15 in the new Pecos High School gym, and will be divided into
18-30 and 30-and-over age groups, according to Eagles' basketball coach
Patty Hall. Entry fee will be $50 per team or $15 per person, with a
limit of four persons per team.
For further information, call either Hall at the PHS gym, at 447-7234,
or Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Athletic Director Mike Belew, at 447-7220.
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