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Tuesday, November 26, 1996

Eagles lose early lead, then beat Bucks in OT

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PECOS, Nov 26 -- Here's a game the Pecos Eagles probably wouldn't have
won a year ago. But with a year's more experience, the same group of
players were able to survive a cold-shooting second half and the loss of
one of their top scorers to get their first road victory of the season.

Pecos used some hot first half shooting to build a 39-26 lead in Alpine
over the Bucks Monday night, only to see Alpine rally to tie the score
at 54-all at the end of regulation.

The Bucks then scored the first two points of overtime, but Pecos
answered with five straight points of their own, and held the lead the
rest of the way to beat Alpine, 62-59.

Eric Abila led Pecos with 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers and going
4-for-4 for the foul line. "Eric made two big foul shots at the end of
the fourth quarter. That put us ahead (54-52), before they came back to
tie it," Eagles' coach Mike Sadler said. "They made the first basket in
overtime, then Eric came back and hit a 3, and we stayed up from that
point on."

The Eagles poured in 21 first quarter points to grab a nine point lead,
and outscored the Bucks 18-14 in the second period. But they could
manage just 15 points combined in the third and fourth quarters, while
Alpine's Ruben Franco and Aaron Flores led the Bucks' comeback.

"He (Franco) hit a lot of 3-point shots," Sadler said. Franco put in
four as part of his game-high 20 points, while Flores had 10 along with
post Matt Skinner.

Along with Abila, the Eagles has three others in double figures Monday.
Omar Hinojos had 13, Fabien Adame 12 and Fernando Navarrete had 11 for

"We kept about a 13 point lead until Fabien fouled out in the third
quarter. Then we must have scored only about six points over an eight
minute span," Sadler said. Pecos' lead was cut to 45-40 going into the
final period, with Franco scoring eight of the Bucks' 14 points in the

Alpine lost for the first time in three games this year, while the
Eagles' 3-1 record leaves them just two wins short of equalling their
victory total for all of the 1996-97 season. They could get those wins
as early as this weekend at the Ector County ISD Tournament, though it
won't be easy. Pecos opens play with a noon game on Friday against the
host Permian Panthers.

Alpine did come away with a 54-33 victory in the junior varsity game
Monday, but Pecos' freshmen were able to down the Bucks' ninth graders,

PECOS (62)
Flores 0 0-0 0; Montgomery 0 0-0 0; E. Abila 4 4-4 16; Carrasco 1 1-2 3;
Luna 0 0-0 0; Martinez 1 0-1 2; Celaya 0 0-0 0; Hinojos 6 0-2 13; Garcia
2 1-3 5; Adame 4 4-5 12; Marquez 0 0-0 0; Navarrete 3 4-6 11. Totals 21
14-24 62.

Flores 4 1-2 10; Philbrick 1 0-0 2; Garcia 3 3-4 9; Boyd 0 0-0 0;
Villanueva 0 0-0 0; Franco 8 0-1 20; Pules 1 0-0 2; Ofenstein 2 0-0 4;
Yarborough 0 0-0 0; Skinner 5 0-2 10; Bell 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 4-9 59.

Pecos 21 18 6 9 8 --62
Alpine 12 14 14 14 5 --59

Three-point goals: Pecos 6 (E. Abila 4, Hinojos, Navarrete), Alpine 5
(Franco 4, Flores). Fouled out: Pecos, Adame. Total fouls: Pecos 17,
Alpine 19.

Swimmers 1st, 4th at Monahans

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PECOS, Nov 26 -- For the second straight week the Pecos Eagle boys came
up with a first place finish in a swim meet, following up their home
victory by taking the title at the Monahans Invitational.

Pecos' girls, meanwhile, placed fourth in the 17-team field on Saturday,
after earning a second at their own meet a week earlier.

The Eagles edged Big Spring for the boys' title by a 260-252 margin,
while Monahans won the girls' division by a 196½ to 182½ margin over
Carlsbad. Big Spring was third with 179 points, and the Eagles fourth
with 161.

The boys missed by .02 seconds sweeping all three relays for the second
week in a row. Carlsbad nipped Pecos in the 200 medley relay, 1:49.99 to
1:50.01, though the team of Kevin Bates, Al Tillman, Kenneth Friar and
Dennis Harris did knock .08 seconds off their winning time in that event
a week earlier.

"I think overall we swam about the same. A few got a little faster in
some of the newer races," said Eagles' coach Terri Morse, who against
moved some of her swimmers around in their individual events.

Tillman, Harris, Williams Kiefer and Seth Whitworth won the 200
freestyle relay with a 1:38.19 time, beating Carlsbad by .35 seconds,
while Whitworth, Friar, Kiefer and Bates took the 400 freestyle, in
3:36.09, five seconds up on second place Big Spring.

Friar earned Pecos' other swimming gold medal, capturing the 200
freestyle with a 1:59.73 time, while diver Scott Pounds took the 1 meter
diving event, with a 141.35 score. In the 500 yard freestyle, Friar
earned a second and Harris a third, while Harris earlier had also placed
third in the 50 free.

Whitworth picked up a pair of silver medals, in the 200 individual
medley and 100 yard breaststroke, Bates earned a pair of bronze medals
as well, in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, while Kiefer was third
in the 200 free and ninth in the 100 free and Tillman was fourth in the
100 fly and the 100 breaststroke.

The Eagles' other points came from Matt Ivy, eighth in the 100 free and
11th in the 100 backstroke, and from the `B' 200 medley relay team,
which placed eighth, and the 400 freestyle team, which took 11th.

On the girls' side, the best finishes came from Liz Parent, who took
second in the 500 free, and from Parent, Megan Freeman, Randi Key and
Dionnie Munoz. They were second in the 400 freestyle, although their
4:13.59 time was 5½ seconds slower than the previous week and 2½ seconds
behind first place Big Spring.

"They (Big Spring) went about the same time (as in Pecos), and we just
added time," Morse said. "But in the girls' medley relay they beat us in
Pecos, and we finished ahead of them this time."

Monahans won the 200 medley race, while the Eagles placed fourth in
2:09.51 and the Steers fifth, .65 seconds behind. The same four Eagles
swam both the 200 medley and 400 free, while Jamie Corson, Leslie
Armbruster, Sarah Lam and Christi Whitworth swam the 200 freestyle
relay, which placed eighth. They later would take ninth in the 400 free

Parent also took third in the 100 fly, while Freeman was sixth in that
race. Munoz was fifth and Kellee Bagley 11th in the 200 free; Key and
Corson placed fifth and sixth in the 200 individual medley; Armbruster
was seventh in the 500 free; Key, Munoz and Corson were 8-9-10 in the
100 backstroke and Freeman placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

"The whole meet itself was slower than in Pecos. It's hard to go
back-to-back weekend and improve on your times," the Eagles' coach said.

Trailing the Eagles and Steers in the Top 10 on the boys' side were
Carlsbad with 188 points, Fort Stockton with 106, Andrews with 92,
Odessa High with 89, Monahans with 84, El Paso Burges with 75, Odessa
Permian with 70 and El Paso Jefferson with 69 points. Rounding out the
Top 10 for the girls were Jefferson with 125 points, Hobbs with 121,
Burges with 88, Odessa High with 84, Andrews with 77 and Permian with 60

After four straight weekend of meets, the Eagles get a break for
Thanksgiving before resuming action on Dec. 6 at the Odessa Invitational.

"We're ready for a break. We're all torn down already, so Thanksgiving
comes at a good time," Morse said. "We need to go back for a week and
revamp ourselves."
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