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Friday, May 8, 1998

Eagles receive awards at annual sports banquet

PECOS, May 8 -- Leadership and support were two of the
themes voiced by speakers Thursday night, at the annual
Pecos High School All-Sports banquet, held at the Bessie
Haynes Elementary School cafeteria.

Students, coaches and parents in attendance were also told
about a scholarship offer for one Pecos Eagles senior
athlete, and a promise of a pro contract offer for a second
graduating senior.

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah athletic director and head baseball
coach Bubba Williams said senior pitcher Jason Abila, who
signed a letter of intent last month to attend Ranger Junior
College on a baseball scholarship, has been told he'll be
selected by the Chicago White Sox in the June amateur draft.

"They said he could attend college next year and they'll
still draft him after that," said Williams, who added he
felt the Ranger offer would be better for Abila, depending
on where he went in the draft.

Earlier, Eagles' volleyball coach Becky Granado announced
that senior Lorie Marquez was offered a full scholarship to
play volleyball at St. Mary's University in Omaha, Neb.
Marquez was shared most valuable player honors in District
4-4A this season, and was a Class 4A all-state selection
each of the past two seasons.

All-district certificates were given out to athletes in
every sport except for baseball and softball, where the 1998
teams have yet to be released. Also given out were the five
main awards at the banquet, of which two were won by Eagles'
senior Marisol Arenivas.

She was named the winner of the Joe Shoemaker Lady Eagle
Award for four-year participation in girls' athletics, as
well as the Norma Matta Fighting Heart Award in volleyball.
Arenivas was all-district in volleyball and track, where she
first at district in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, was and
honorable mention all-district in basketball.

The Craig Woods Memorial Award for football and track went
to senior Jake Fowler for the second year in a row. He was
an all-district pick as an offensive lineman and won the
discus and shot put at the District 4-4A track meet. The
other football award, the Doc Lunday Sportsmanship Trophy,
went to senior Chris Reyes, while the Joe Bob Kelton
Memorial Award in basketball was given to Moses Martinez.

Former Eagles' head football coach and athletic director
Jerry Millsaps was the guest speaker for the banquet, and
talked about Pecos' returning athletes being prepared for
their new El-Paso area district next season, as well as
about being a team leader by learning from your mistakes and
making the big plays in the clutch.

Both Millsaps and Williams also stressed support from
parents and players supporting each other during the
upcoming 1998-99 season, when many of Pecos' road games will
be trips of 175 miles or more.

"You can't have jealousy, you can't have animosity. When
you win it will all pay off," Williams said.

Eagles' swimming coach Terri Morse also talked about the
support her team received this year from the school
administration. "For the first time, the principal, the
assistant principal, the athletic director, the
superintendent and the assistant superintendent were at one
of our meets at the same time, and I know the kids really
appreciated it," she said.

Pecos swimmers have won 14 of the last 18 district swimming
titles, and will be the only sport not moving to District
2-4A next season.

Evening Optimists host LL clinic Saturday

PECOS, May 8 -- The Pecos Evening Optimists Club will hold a
baseball clinic for Little League players on Saturday,
starting at 9 a.m. at Chano Prieto Field.

The clinic will run until about 3 or 4 p.m., and has a fee
of $6 per player, according to Joe Mendoza of the Evening
Optimists. T-shirts will be given to players participating,
along with hot dogs and sodas for lunch.

The clinic is open to all players between the ages of 8 and
12 years old.

Knicks' Ewing back, shot still on sidelines

AP Basketball Writer
INDIANAPOLIS -- Patrick Ewing made his comeback. Now all of
the New York Knicks need to make one, too.

Ewing made his much-anticipated return from a fractured
wrist Thursday night, but his 4½ months of limited activity
was plainly apparent as the Knicks dropped an 85-77 decision
to the Indiana Pacers, falling behind 2-0 in the
second-round series.

``All it takes is one game under my belt,'' predicted Ewing,
who struggled with all facets of his game to negate any
inspirational dividend his return may have brought.

``Patrick gave us a big lift, and I think he'll be better in
the next game. Everybody knows he can do better,'' teammate
Chris Mills said. ``We're all happy he's back. He brings so
much to us.''

But on this night, he didn't bring enough.

Ewing shot just 3-for-11 with six rebounds, four fouls, two
turnovers, two steals and no assists in 27 minutes as his
return lasted longer -- and went worse -- than many would
have predicted.

In the night's other NBA playoff game, Utah defeated San
Antonio 109-106 in overtime for a 2-0 series lead.

There are two series tied 1-1, and both resume tonight.
Chicago is at Charlotte and the Los Angeles Lakers play host
to Seattle.

The Knicks-Pacers series shifts to New York for games
Saturday and Sunday.

``Our objective is to put this thing away before be finds
that rhythm,'' Mark Jackson said of Ewing, who fractured his
wrist in late December and made a faster recovery than the
Knicks predicted.

He was on the court with the starting five, but lost the
opening tip in what would turn out to be a long list of
instances when Ewing simply was not his old self.

He fumbled the ball the first time he touched it, dribbled
it terribly, shot poorly and even had a late airball. Many
of the Knicks denied it, but they seemed to lose the
offensive flow they grew accustomed to in Ewing's absence.

``We were not going to let him step out here and be a
savior,'' Indiana's Reggie Miller said. ``We talked about
it, Rik Smits took it personally and we weren't going to let
that happen to us.''

Ewing had a few defensive lapses, too, none of which were
more costly than when he left Smits wide open with 1:31 left
for a jumper that gave Indiana a 79-73 lead.

The Knicks closed to 79-77 on a layup by Ewing with 46
seconds left, but the Pacers held New York scoreless the
rest of the way -- in part because of a late block of John
Starks' shot by Antonio Davis -- and wrapped up the victory
by going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Smits scored 22 points and Miller 21 for the Pacers, who
again got a strong contribution from their reserves (28

Starks scored 20 to lead New York, while Allan Houston had
16 and Larry Johnson, returning from a two-game suspension
for fighting with Alonzo Mourning of Miami in the first
round, had 15.

Neither team shot well -- both barely surpassed 40 percent
-- and there was no tremendous advantage for either team in
rebounding or 3-point shooting.

Indiana's biggest advantage may have been that it didn't
have to work a returning franchise center back into the

``I thought I was going to have a better game,'' Ewing said.
``My expectations are high and I believe in myself.''

``The one game I have under my belt will help me in the next
one,'' Ewing said. ``It'll be hyped in New York. It'll be a
different story. I'm looking forward to it. I think I can
make a big difference.''

If one play epitomized how rusty Ewing was, it came late in
the second quarter when the Pacers were opening their first
sizable lead. After Charles Oakley waved him over to take
the ball on an isolation play, Ewing received the pass,
squared to the basket and began dribbling.

Rather than handle the ball with his fingertips, Ewing was
dribbling with his palms -- slapping at the ball like he
hadn't done it in months.

Smits reached in and poked the ball away, Ewing was late
getting back downcourt and Derrick McKey beat him for an
offensive rebound bucket that made it 39-33 as Indiana was
on its way to a 46-39 halftime lead.

Ewing had another botched play early in the third quarter
when an entry pass bounced hard off his hands like it had
hit a billiard cushion, and the ball flew out of bounds.

After missing his first five shots, Ewing finally scored
with 6:31 remaining in the third quarter when he cut across
the lane and hit a short off-balance jumper that bounced
twice on the rim before falling through. Ewing was fouled on
the play, and his free throw made it 55-51.

``He did all right. He hasn't played in five months,''
Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said of Ewing. ``Early on he
made some turnovers and got into foul trouble. In the second
half he played much better. His presence back on the floor
was good for us.''

Ewing hit his next shot, too, a backdoor layup that preceded
a 3-pointer by Johnson that gave New York a 58-57 lead. It
wouldn't last long, though, and New York's last lead was
65-64 early in the fourth.

Jazz 109, Spurs 106
At Salt Lake City, the Spurs had a chance to win at the end
of regulation -- just like in Game 1.

This time, Tim Duncan passed the ball instead of shooting
it, and Jaren Jackson missed a wide-open 3-pointer.

``We've played just as well as Utah in both games, except
down the stretch. We've had enough lessons,'' Spurs coach
Gregg Popovich said.

The Jazz hit five free throws in the last 15 seconds to seal
the win.

After scoring 33 points in Game 1, Duncan once again led the
Spurs with 26 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter.
But Duncan missed his only field goal attempt and both of
his free throws in overtime.

David Robinson finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds
despite foul trouble. Avery Johnson had another standout
game for the Spurs, scoring 21 points.

Malone led the Jazz with 22 points, shooting 10-for-26 from
the field, Jeff Hornacek added 21 and John Stockton had 18
points and 12 assists.

San Antonio and Utah also will play back-to-back Games 3 and
4 this weekend. The Spurs lost the first two games by a
total of four points.

``It's a tough way to end two games,'' Robinson said. ``It
sets a tone for the rest of the series. That's why it's a
seven-game series.''

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