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Friday, December 10, 1999

Eagles' shots go south against Westerners

Staff Writer
MONAHANS, Dec. 10, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles' one-week break from varsity basketball play lasted about one quarter too long Thursday, as they couldn't find their shooting touch and dug themselves into an early hole against Lubbock High at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament.

The Eagles fell behind Lubbock by a 16-2 score after the first eight minutes of play and never were able to cut into that lead, as the Westerners scored a 78-48 victory in the opening round of the tournament.

Pecos' loss dropped them to 0-5 this season and into a 1:30 p.m. game today against El Paso Austin

Ryan Randle scored 15 points for Lubbock High, which used its height advantage inside and took advantage of a series of turnovers that set up guards T.J. Coleman (10 points) and Jose Perez (14) for some fast break lay-ups.

"We played better, really" said Eagles' coach Tino Acosta. "As long as we keep improving we'll be all right."

"We had some turnovers, but that's a sign of a young team. I thought we grew up a lot tonight, because I saw a lot of improvement. We're headed down the right path because we played them tough."

After falling behind by 14 right off the bat, the Eagles stayed with Lubbock High for the rest of the half, getting some fast-break baskets of their own. A three-pointer by Alex Garcia closed the gap to 28-18, but in the final minute of the period Pecos allowed Perez to score and be fouled after a steal, and when he missed his free throw Isaiah Amana scored off the rebound for a 32-18 lead. Randle then scored after a steal and Coleman hit two free throws with five seconds left in the half, widening the margin to 18.

The end of the third period also was a problem for Pecos. After Chris Natividad hit a 3-pointer and a lay-up to make it 48-30, Perez and Tim Mendez got open for 3s of their own as part of a 10-2 run that put the Westerners up by 26 going into the final period.

Garcia led the Eagles with 13 points, while Hector Rodriguez also was in double figures for Pecos with 10.

The Eagles will face another team that will have a height advantage over them today in Austin, but the Golden Panthers were beaten last night by Monahans, 68-58, after Loboes' coach John Curry was honored before the game for his 500th career victory. Pecos' District 2-4A rival Mountain View defeated Fort Stockton, 48-45, and El Paso Irvin routed Alpine, 75-39, in Thursday's other opening round games.

PECOS (48)
Weidner 2 0-0 4; R. Rodriguez 0 0-0 0; Salazar 2 0-2 4; Rayos 2 2-5 6; Natividad 3 0-0 7; A. Garcia 4 2-2 13; Chavez 1 0-0 3; S. Garcia 0 0-0 0; Tarin 0 1-2 1; H. Rodriguez 5 0-1 10; Terrazas 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 5-12 48.

Perez 6 0-3 14; Mendez 3 2-2 9; Maldonado 1 0-0 2; Coleman 3 4-5 10; Schott 0 0-0 0; Johnson 2 2-2 6; Abonobi 1 4-6 6; Amana 3 0-0 6; Baker 0 0-0 0; Shoukefeh 0 0-0 0; Randle 6 3-4 15; Holley 4 0-0 8. Totals 29 17-24 78.

Pecos                       2    16    14    16 - 48
Lubbock High      15    21   22    20  - 78

Three-point goals: Pecos 5 (A. Garcia 3, Natividad, Chavez), Lubbock High 3 (Perez 2, Mendez). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Pecos 18, Lubbock High 16.

Patience pays for Monahans against Pecos

Staff Writer
MONAHANS, Dec. 10, 1999 -- As far as talent goes, there really wasn't much of a difference between the Pecos Eagles and the Monahans Loboes on Thursday, in their opening round game at the Loboes' Sandhills Tournament.

But as far as executing their plays on offense, the Loboes were far more patient than the Eagles in taking their time to set up shots, and that paid off in a 45-32 win over Pecos, which remained winless on the season.

"We had moments were we just stood and watched, and that's what I explained to the girls," said Eagles' coach Brian Williams. "The girls can't just stand around and watch Maricela (Arenivas) with the ball. They need to move and set picks."

Arenivas, who has been more aggressive on offense in Pecos' last two games, led the Eagles with 12 points, but could have had more, except for 6-for-14 shooting from the foul line. That was part of an 11-for-29 effort overall by Pecos from the line.

"I think that's what stood out mainly tonight. We have to take advantage when we get to the line," said Williams. "She (Arenivas) is a lot better free throw shooter than that. That's why we run them in practice and then put them on the free throw line. Anyone can shoot free throws when they're not tired, but you've got to be able to do it out there."

Monahans was just as bad at the other end, going 9-for-24 from the line. But most of their misses came in the second half, after they had taken a 21-13 lead, and several times the Loboes were able to get inside the Eagles for the rebound and put-back lay-ups, which kept them ahead by no fewer than nine points the rest of the way.

The Loboes scored the game's first eight points and led 10-1 before baskets by Arenivas and Philly Fobbs cut the lead to 10-7 going into the second period. But the Eagles could manage just two baskets in the second period, and none in the first four minutes of the quarter, allowing the Loboes to go back out to an eight-point lead.

Monahans was able to work the ball around for long periods several times, before coming up with baskets off lay-ups or jumpers. That included a jumper from Amanda Krone just before halftime and a 3-pointer from Mandy Fuentes as the third period ended, which put Monahans ahead 30-17.

Baskets by Alexa Marquez and Fobbs and two foul shots by Arenivas cut that back to nine with five minutes to play, but the rest of the game was mostly a foul shooting contest, with Pecos going just 4-for-11 the rest of the way, while losing both Fobbs and Marquez to fouls.

Fobbs finished with nine points, but overall the Eagles managed just 10 field goals in the game. Krone's 10 was high for the Loboes, who got all but one player into the scoring column.

The Eagles loss dropped them into a noon game today against El Paso High, which lost their opener to Lamesa, 48-20. The Eagles' district rival Fabens fell to Reagan County, 36-22 and El Paso Irvin beat Fort Stockton, 68-30, in the other tournament games.

PECOS (32)
C. Arenivas 0 0-0 0; Rodriguez 0 0-0 0; Marquez 2 0-0 5; Molinar 0 0-1 0; Quiroz 0 2-4 2; M. Arenivas 3 6-14 12; Medrano 0 2-4 2; Lara 1 0-0 2; Fobbs 4 1-6 9. Totals 10 11-29 32.

Romo 2 1-2 5; Fuentes 2 3-4 8; Krone 4 2-8 10; Setzler 2 2-4 6; Bates 1 1-2 3; Swan 1 0-2 2; Chavez 0 0-0 0; Melius 3 1-2 7; Bates 2 0-0 4. Totals 16 9-24 48.

Pecos             7     6   4   15 --32
Monahans  10   11   9   15 --45
Three-point goals: Pecos 1 (Marquez), Monahans 1 (Fuentes). Fouled out: Pecos, Fobbs, Marquez. Monahans, Bates. Total fouls: Pecos 27, Monahans 28.

Swimmers in Seminole for pre-holiday meet

PECOS, Dec. 10, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles will get in their final swim meet before the Christmas holidays today and Saturday, and the boys will try to keep their unbeaten streak going against their District 4-4A rivals, plus a couple of Class 5A and New Mexico schools, at the Seminole Invitational.

Diving will be at 6 p.m. today and the swimming finals start at noon Saturday. It's the last meet for Pecos until Jan. 8, when they go to Fort Stockton.

Eagles' coach Terri Morse said Abilene was supposed to attend the meet, but will not participate "We'll have all the schools from our district, and Carlsbad, Hobbs and Artesia, and Odessa High and Pampa will also be there," she said.

Morse had planned to send part of her squad to this weekend's TISCA meet in Austin, but she said that meet was canceled, so the full team will be in Seminole.

Pecos placed first on the boys' side and second on the girls side last weekend at the Border Invitational in El Paso. Morse said for this week, "I may move a couple of people around on the boys' side."

She also said she may adjust her lineup for the boys based on Pecos' results so far against their Region I-4A rivals, though the girls' lineup figures to remain about the same. "I don't have that luxury (depth) with the girls. I have to see how they can do best at the district swim meet, rather than looking ahead to where we can do best at regionals."

Before placing second to Alamogordo, the Eagle girls finished fourth in their previous two meets, at home and in Monahans, with the Lobos and Carlsbad placing first and second both times. Pecos' boys have won six straight meets to open the season, and won last week in El Paso by over 200 points against a field of Class 4A and smaller 5A schools.

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