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Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Eagles start ’06 with trip to Andrews

District 3-3A basketball play resumes for the Pecos Eagles’ six district rivals Tuesday night, but the Eagles won’t be going back into action until Friday, after drawing the first bye date of 2006.

Pecos’ boys are taking the open date as a chance to get in a non-district game against a former, and possibly future, district rival in Andrews, while the Eagle girls won’t play again until Friday, when both the boys and girls travel to Greenwood to face the Rangers and Rangerettes.

Neither Pecos team has been in action since Dec. 19, when the Eagles swept Presidio at home. The boys won their district opener by rallying from a late 49-41 deficit to defeat the Blue Devils by a 52-51 score. While the Eagles are only 2-10 on the season, at 1-0, they’re tied for first with Lamesa, which opened with a victory over Fort Stockton, and with Greenwood, which defeated Monahans in their district opener and faced Presidio on Tuesday night in a neutral site game at the Pecos High School gym.

“I kind of wish we weren’t playing tonight, because I’d like to see Greenwood,” said Eagles’ coach Art Wellborn of the Rangers, who are favored to win the boys district title. Andrews is at the .500 mark for the season and at the borderline as far as the cutoff for Class 3A enrollment goes. The Mustangs, who were the Eagles’ longtime district rivals until 1998, could be dropping down into Class 3A for the 2006-07 season, depending on the results of the UIL’s bi-annual realignment at the end of this month.

The Mustangs went 2-2 this past weekend at the O.W. Follis Tournament in Lamesa, losing by a 60-53 score to the host Tornadoes following a 73-38 victory over Midland Christian, the other team besides Presidio that Pecos owns a victory against this season. They closed out the tournament with a 54-51 victory over Tahoka, with David Rodriguez scoring 23 points and Brett Bailey 12 for Andrews.

The Eagles didn’t have any games over the Christmas break after Fort Stockton cancelled its tournament, spending the break in practice.

“Everybody on the varsity showed up, and only a few kids on the JV didn’t,” Wellborn said. “We had some good workouts, which was a little scary, so I’m actually glad we didn’t play, because I think we got a lot more out of it than we would have at the tournament. “

Wellborn also said unlike the last six-week grading period, when he lost several players, all his varsity team members made it through the third six-week period in good shape and will be available for the remainder of the regular season.

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