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Friday, February 12, 1999

Eagles close road schedule against Lobos

PECOS, Feb. 12 -- With their playoff hopes having ended on
Tuesday, the Pecos Eagle boys will be in a spoilers' role
tonight, when they play their final road basketball game of
the 1998-99 season, in El Paso against the Mountain View

Pecos and Mountain View will play at 8 p.m., following the
freshman and junior varsity games at 4:30 p.m.

Mountain View's hopes for a District 2-4A title were hurt
three weeks ago by the Eagles, who scored a 37-36 victory
playing their first game without starting point guard Oscar
Luna. Mark Marquez had 13 points that night, and Hector
Garcia did a good job filling in for Luna at the point guard

But that was the last game the Eagles won, and while Garcia
had another good game on Tuesday against San Elizario,
Pecos' lack of quickness on defense with Luna out was
costly, as San Elizario got open for seven 3-point shots in
a 61-42 victory.

Mountain View, in contrast, is bigger and slower than the
Eagles' other 2-4A rivals. The Lobos' 6-foot-6 sophomore
Dustin Maloney had 11 points in the first meeting with Pecos
while Pablo Mendoza added 10. On Tuesday, the Lobos missed a
chance to tie Clint for first and clinch a playoff spot, as
they were shut down by the Lions, 49-25. Mendoza had nine
points to lead the Lobos.

Golf, tennis, baseball teams see action

PECOS, Feb. 12 -- This is `transition weekend' for Pecos
Eagles sports, as the basketball and swimming seasons near
their end, while three of the five Spring sports seek action
today and Saturday.

Pecos' golf and tennis teams both were playing this
morning, in tournaments at Big Spring and in El Paso, and
will be doing so again on Saturday. The Eagles' baseball
team, meanwhile, will be in action for the second time this
week at home today, when the varsity hosts Fort Stockton,
while the Panthers' JV and freshman teams will host the
Eagles as well this afternoon, starting at 5 p.m.

The golfers braved this morning's sub-freezing temperatures
to tee off at the Big Spring Invitational, the first
tournament of the season for the boys and the second for the
girls. Pecos finished fifth a week ago in the Orange
Division at the San Angelo Invitational.

Pecos' boys will play Comanche Trail Golf Course today and
the Big Spring Country Club on Saturday, while the girls
will reverse that order for their 36-hole tournament. None
of the Eagles' new District 2-4A rivals are scheduled to be
at the tournament, but Pecos will see all of their former
District 4-4A schools.

Pecos' tennis team may see some of their district opponents
today at the El Paso Burges Invitational, the first
tournament of the season for Pecos. The Eagles have played
dual meets on the road so far against Monahans and Midland
Lee, but will not have a full squad until the end of
basketball and swimming.

That's the same situation the baseball team is in going
into today's scrimmage with Fort Stockton. However, Pecos
does have almost all its pitchers out, and head coach Bubba
Williams said Louis Valencia would start today against the

"We'll start off with Louis, and since he didn't throw the
last time (in Monday's 13-3 win over Kermit), we'll see if
he can go three or four innings," Williams said.

The only Spring sports not playing this weekend are girls
softball, which opens its 1999 season at home against Kermit
on Tuesday, and track, which starts Feb. 26 with the
Comanche Relays in Fort Stockton.

Jazz, Bucks keep perfect marks

AP Basketball Writer
NEW YORK, Feb. 12 -- Jerry Sloan and George Karl are still

The Utah Jazz and Milwaukee Bucks kept the zeros in their
loss columns Friday night, with Sloan's team beating the
Phoenix Suns 82-74 and Karl's team drubbing the New Jersey
Nets 95-75.

The Jazz are 4-0 for the first time in franchise history,
while the Bucks moved to 3-0 for the second time in three

If anyone thinks Sloan would be satisfied with the start,
they don't know Sloan.

``This is what the players wanted - lots of games and no
practice,'' he said. ``I don't know how we can keep fans in
the seats playing that kind of basketball.''

John Stockton didn't sound too happy, either.

``We've got to make sure that we don't get caught in the
habit of settling for not playing well even though it's a
victory,'' he said. ``We've got to be eager to try to play
the perfect game every night and work toward that goal.''

Karl Malone had 22 points and nine rebounds, Todd Fuller
scored 12 and Jeff Hornacek 11 for Utah, which joined the
idle Seattle SuperSonics as the league's only 4-0 teams.

The Philadelphia 76ers will have a chance to join that
exclusive club tonight when they play the San Antonio Spurs.

Milwaukee, which capitalized against an injury-depleted
Nets team, won't play its fourth game until Sunday.

At Phoenix, the Jazz held the Suns to their lowest point
total ever in a home game.

Phoenix, which lost its second in a row at home, shot 37
percent from the field, and only 28 percent (10-for-36) in
the second half.

Utah was ahead 74-69 after Danny Manning made a 10-footer
with 5:22 to play. Bryon Russell and Malone then made
18-footers and, after Jason Kidd's driving layup, Malone
scored inside to put the Jazz up 80-71 with 3:16 to play.
The Suns never were closer than eight again.

At Milwaukee, Ray Allen led the Bucks with 19 points in his
first game since becoming the highest-paid player in
franchise history with a six-year, $70.9 million contract

The Bucks dominated all four quarters against a New Jersey
team that was deficient in healthy bodies and hustle.

Lucious Harris (strained lower back) joined fellow guards
Sam Cassell and Eric Murdock (ankles) on the bench less than
a minute into the game, and New Jersey got a big scare when
forward Keith Van Horn tripped over fallen teammate Kendall
Gill with 22 seconds left in the third quarter and limped
off the court, favoring his right knee. He returned a minute
into the fourth quarter.

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