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Wednesday, November 24, 1999

Williams hopeful despite Eagles' loss

Staff Writer
PECOS, Nov. 24, 1999 -- Progress may not come quickly for the Pecos Eagle girls' basketball team, but coach Brian Williams said he did see some improvement on Tuesday, despite a 60-37 homecourt loss to the Fort Stockton Prowlers.

The Eagles lost for the third time in as many home games this season, but Williams said they did do better running the team's offense compared with their loss last Saturday to Stanton.

"We're still missing a lot of shots, but that was a better game than I saw them play," he said. "I saw a glimpse of our offense at times. We ran some back doors and some other plays the way we're supposed to."

Pecos also took 23 more shots than they did in their loss to Stanton, and had 25 fewer turnovers than three days earlier. But they only hit 15 of their 69 shots, with many of the misses coming from close range.

"We also were 1-for-12 from 3-point range, and we're going to have to get a lot better from there," Williams said.

At the other end, the Eagles still had problems both playing a man-to-man defense. Guard Arcie Primera slipped past Pecos' guards several times to create scoring opportunities, while Isela Gonzales and Mliessa Quintero were left open for outside jumpers which they hit, while scoring 12 and 11 points.

The Eagles also were out-rebounded by the Prowlers, despite having a slight height advantage overall in the game. JaCinda Gonzales outplayed Pecos' front line and ended up with a game-high 14 points, including 8-for-8 from the foul line.

"One of our biggest problems was we would get the rebound and then let them take it away from us," said Williams. "We've got to will ourselves into getting into better position."

Pecos led for most of the opening period, but baskets by Isela Gonzales and Quintero in the closing minutes gave Fort Stockton a 15-11 lead. The Eagles would run into problems at the end of the second quarter as well. They were held scoring over the final 3:45 after a Philonicus Fobbs rebound lay-up cut the Prowlers' lead to 19-17. JaCinda Gonzales had a foul line jumper and four free throws which helped Fort Stockton take a 26-17 halftime lead.

Alexa Marquez would hit a 3-pointer and Katrina Quiroz scored off a lay-up as the third period opened, but the end of the period again belonged to the Prowlers, who widened an eight point lead to 14 by the time the final period began. The teams traded baskets over the first four minutes of the quarter, before Fort Stockton closed out the game with an 11-2 run for the 23-point final margin.

Maricela Arenivas led Pecos with 10 points, and was also the only Eagle to hit a foul shot on Tuesday. She went 4-for-7 from the line, while the rest of the team was 0-for-7 on the night.

"We're going to come in on Friday and just practice shooting," said Williams, whose team will be at home again on Saturday afternoon, against the Andrews Mustangs. Pecos' loss dropped them to 0-3 on the season, while Fort Stockton got their first win after a pair of opening losses.

The Prowlers also won Tuesday's junior varsity game by a 42-27 margin, while the Eagles' freshman team defeated Fort Stockton by a 42-21 score. Larua Hinojos' 12 points led the JV, and Tiana Terry had 12 to top the freshmen in scoring.


Primera 3 2-4 8; Galindo 3 0-0 6; H. Gonzales 1 0-2 2; Quintero 5 1-3 11; Aguilar 0 2-4 2; J. Gonzales 3 8-8 14; Quintela 0 0-0 0; I. Gonzales 6 0-1 12; Cavaness 2 1-2 5. Totals 23 14-24 60.

PECOS (37)

C. Arenivas 0 0-0 0; Rodriguez 0 0-3 0; Marquez 1 0-0 3; Molinar 2 0-1 4; Quiroz 3 0-1 6; Salgado 0 0-0 0; M. Arenivas 3 4-7 10; Medrano 3 0-0 6; Salgado 0 0-0 0; Lara 1 0-0 2; Fobbs 3 0-2 6. Totals 16 4-14 37.

Fort Stockton    15  11  17   17 -60
Pecos                  11    6   13     7 -37

Three-point goals: Pecos 1 (Marquez). Fouled out: Pecos, Fobbs, Medrano. Total fouls: Fort Stockton 18, Pecos 21.

Balmorhea, Marfa split games

PECOS, Nov. 24, 1999 -- The Balmorhea Bears had their full boys squad out for basketball a little earlier than planned, but the Bears made the most of it Tuesday night with a 58-41 win in Marfa over the Shorthorns.

The game was the second of a doubleheader between the two teams, with Marfa's girls coming away with a 60-34 win over Balmorhea in the opener.

The Bears had hoped to still be in the six man football playoffs right now, as they were a year ago. But Balmorhea was beaten out for post-season play this fall, and several of their football players had key roles in Tuesday's win.

Manny Mendoza led all scorers with 19 points, including two of the Bears' three 3-point shots. Chris Barragan had the other and finished with 15, while Kevin Rodriguez and Isiah Rodriguez had eight points apiece.

Marfa, which was just ousted from the playoffs last weekend, was led by Ronnie Garcia's 15 points.

In the girls' game, Terri Hernandez had 15 points and Cassy Garcia added nine, all from 3-point range, but the Shorthorns jumped out to a 23-7 first period lead and maintained that margin through the middle periods.

Marfa had three girls in double figures, led by Veronica Licon with 19 points.

Johnson, Jones downplaying dispute before game

AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas, Nov. 24, 1999 - A few days before Jimmy Johnson's last game at Texas Stadium, he called a radio station to guarantee that the Dallas Cowboys would win the NFC championship game.

A few days before his next game at Texas Stadium - his first as a rival coach since an ugly divorce from the team and its owner, Jerry Jones - Johnson was watching his words much more carefully.

Johnson and Jones have said nothing but nice things about each other this week, taking all the sting and much of the fun out of the buildup for Thursday's game between Miami and Dallas.

So far, the juiciest tidbit is something Jimmy told his father: "This will be the best game that Dallas plays because they'd love to beat me. I feel the same way towards them. I want to win."

Not exactly worthy of 3-inch headlines, as Johnson suggested for his boast before the January 1994 NFC championship against San Francisco. But that's about as good as it's gotten in a week where everyone is talking about how much they respect each other.

Much of the bitterness came out of the Jimmy-Jerry feud in December following the death of Johnson's mother.

As family and friends gathered at the Johnsons' home in Port Arthur, caterers began delivering platter after platter of food sent by Jones.

"And he sent a beautiful, beautiful wreath," C.W. Johnson said. "Jimmy knew all about it. He was very pleased with it. I think it kind of helped their relationship."

The former University of Arkansas teammates were reunited in 1989 when Jones bought the Cowboys and made Johnson the coach. The Cowboys went 1-15 that season, but were Super Bowl champions by 1992.

The Cowboys won it all again the following season. A few months later, the power struggle between Jones and Johnson boiled over and Johnson was gone.

"Actually, when you cut through everything, the No. 1 reason I left Dallas is I wanted to live in South Florida," Johnson said. "That was the bottom line."

So it had nothing to do with Jones saying any of 500 coaches could've won the Super Bowl with the Cowboys? Or anything else Jones did to take credit for the franchise's dramatic turnaround?

"I think there was tension because Jerry and I are both tremendous competitors," Johnson said. "I think people made more out of it than what there really was. Not being in the same situation anymore, I think our relationship has gone right back to what it was prior to me coaching the Cowboys.

"I've got tremendous respect for Jerry. I like Jerry. I think our relationship is extremely positive now."

"I know it makes for a great story about Jimmy's tenure here and how it all ended, but we're not playing Jimmy," quarterback Troy Aikman said. "Jimmy is on the sidelines and I don't pay a whole lot of attention to any of the coaches, no matter who we are playing."

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