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Monday, December 20, 1999

Pecos teams fall, boys host Sonora

Staff Writer
PECOS, Dec. 20 ,1999 -- The Pecos Eagle girls will have to wait until after Christmas to go for their first win of the 1999-2000 basketball season, while Pecos' boys will get two more chances, today and Tuesday, to come up with their first victory, following losses on Friday in Fort Stockton and Midland.

The girls closed out their pre-Christmas schedule with a 75-51 loss to the Fort Stockton Prowlers, while the boys were beaten by the Greenwood Rangers by an 80-51 final score, and will try again this afternoon at 5 p.m. at home against the Sonora Broncos, then go to Monahans Tuesday afternoon for a 3 p.m. game against the Loboes.

In both the girls loss to the Prowlers and the boys' loss to the Rangers, the first and third quarters were the ones that did in Pecos.

"They outscored us in the first quarter 18-5," said Eagles' coach Brian Williams. "It was closer in the second quarter _ they outscored us 18-17, but then in the third quarter we had some more problems and it was 23-14."

"What made the difference in the game was the turnovers again. We had 40 turnovers and they were turnovers that were unforced," said Williams. "We couldn't even throw the ball in without throwing the ball away at times, and others we have a fast break and would throw the ball over their head."

Williams said foul shots also hurt Pecos. "Our free throws in the first half were just 10-for-23. We could have kept it close in the first half, but we just couldn't shoot. We were also 18-for-69 from the field. For the game that's 26 percent from the floor and that's not very good."

Philly Fobbs led Pecos in scoring for the third straight game with 16 points, while Maricela Arenivas had eight for the Eagles, who are now 0-10 on the season and will be off for the next 10 days, until they travel to Sweetwater on Dec. 30 to face the state-ranked Mustangs.

"We'll practice today and tomorrow and then we've got the week off (as mandated by the UIL). We won't hit the floor again until Tuesday of next week," Williams said.

Pecos also lost Friday's freshman game to Fort Stockton, by a 36-29 score. Tiana Terry led the Eagles with 18 points. There was no JV game played on Friday.

At Greenwood, the boys dropped behind by a 21-8 margin after one period, then played even with the Rangers in the second quarter. Pecos was down 34-22 at the half, but was then outscored by a 22-7 margin in the third period, as Greenwood broke the game open.

Will Womack led all scorers with 20 points, including two of his three 3-point baskets in the opening period for Greenwood. Chris Smith was next for the Rangers with 16 points, while Adrian Rayos was the only Pecos player in double figures with 12.

The loss drops Pecos to 0-8 on the season, going into today's game against Sonora, whom the Eagles beat on the Broncos' home court last season. Play opens today with the freshman game at 2 p.m., followed by the JV and varsity contests at 3:30 and 5 p.m. Tuesday's games in Monahans start with the ninth graders at 12 noon and the JV game at 1:30 p.m.

Pecos' JV lost their game on Friday to Greenwood, 41-36, while the freshmen beat the Rangers, 45-40. Richard Rodriguez led the JV with 15 points, and Freddie Torres topped the ninth graders with 13.

Friday, boys

PECOS (51)

Weidner 2 0-1 5; Rayos 5 2-5 12; Natividad 0 0-0 0; A. Garcia 2 0-0 5; Chavez 2 4-4 9; Tarin 0 0-0 0; Rodriguez 3 0-1 6; S. Garcia 4 0-0 8; Terrazas 3 0-2 6. Totals 21 6-13 51.


Cole 0 0-1 0; Reannestid 0 2-4 2; Davis 2 4-5 8; Montes 1 1-2 3; Womack 7 3-6 20; Pinkerton 2 3-5 7; Smith 7 2-2 16; Pyle 2 4-6 9; Himburg 4 1-2 9; Gasch 3 0-0 6. Totals 28 20-33 80.

Pecos                  8    14    7    22 - 51
Greenwood       21   13  22    24 - 80

Three-point goals: Pecos 3 (Weidner, A. Garcia, Chavez), Greenwood 4 (Womack 3, Pyle). Technical fouls: Pecos, Tarin, Rodriguez. Greenwood, Gasch. Fouled out: Weidner. Total fouls: Pecos 25, Greenwood 15.

Loss to Jets keeps Cowboys from share of first

AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas, Dec. 20, 1999 - As the Dallas Cowboys sulk over yet another wasted opportunity, at least they know they're still in the playoff hunt.

Instead of moving into the thick of the NFC race Sunday, Dallas remained on the fringe with a 22-21 loss to the New York Jets, who continue doing a nice job of trying to keep other teams out of the postseason with them.

John Hall won it with a 37-yard field goal with 1:35 left.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was especially annoyed that his team blew an eight-point lead on a day when a victory would've given them first place in the NFC East and moved them near the top of the wild-card chase.

Instead, Dallas (7-7) remained tied with the New York Giants, a game behind the Washington Redskins in the division.

"Our entire team knew that the Giants had lost, Washington had lost, Detroit had lost. So everyone knew what was at stake," Jones said. "This was a playoff-type reward if we could have gotten it done. That makes this one of the toughest losses that we've had in the time I've been here."

Playoff ramifications aside, this loss was fairly similar to the Cowboys' previous six defeats.

Dallas blew a late lead, was set back 92 yards on seven penalties and converted just three of 12 first downs - yet still kept it close. This was the Cowboys' fifth loss by seven points or less. The biggest difference was that this was at home. Dallas had been 6-0 at Texas Stadium.

"Anytime you lose when you're in a situation when you can gain ground in the division, it's disappointing," said Eric Bjornson, whose 20-yard touchdown run on a fake field goal put Dallas ahead 14-13 in the second period. "I don't know the whole situation, but I know we are not completely out of it. We have got to pick it up and turn it around quickly."

To make the playoffs, the Cowboys must win their last two. They haven't won consecutive games in three months.

Dallas, 1-6 on the road, has just four days to prepare for a game in New Orleans, then the Giants visit Texas Stadium for the finale.

Although the Jets' playoff hopes were erased by a 1-6 start, coach Bill Parcells has done a nice job of keeping New York (6-8) focused on finishing the year right.

"Right now any win is sweet," said quarterback Ray Lucas, who was 20-of-34 for 229 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. "Coach Parcells challenged us in these last three games to fight and we're getting the job done. It's real easy to look past us because of our record, but we've grouped together."

The Jets almost tied the game on the drive after the Cowboys went up by eight as Lucas threw a 2-yard touchdown to rookie Blake Spence. But the quarterback was stopped a yard short on a 2-point conversion attempt.

Neither team did much until New York's game-winning drive. The Jets didn't have to do much, though. They churned out 41 yards on 11 plays, setting up Hall for the winning field goal.

"I can't say I was 100 percent confident in him because I've seen him miss some kicks for us this season," Parcells said. "But he hit that one real well and it went right down the middle."

Dallas' final drive was unimpressive. The Cowboys, who burned all three timeouts on New York's drive, got a 23-yard pass from Troy Aikman to Raghib Ismail, then Aikman threw four straight incompletions.

Ismail also scored a 27-yard touchdown on an end-around to put Dallas up 21-13.

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