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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Pecos gets rematch with Kermit after 50-44 loss

The Pecos Eagle boys’ basketball team fell under .500 for the first time this season on Friday, with a pair of losses in the consolation bracket of the Monahans Sandhills Tournament.

Pecos, which lost to Andrews in their tournament opener on Thursday, was beaten on Friday by Midland Greenwood, 79-42, and then dropped a 50-44 decision later in the day to Kermit to fall to 3-5 on the season.

“We played without Junior (Carrasco) again, which hurt us,” said Eagles’ coach Sammy Soliz. “In the first game, we had lots of missed free throws and in the second game the kids played hard all game, but we got into early foul trouble.”

Carrasco missed the entire tournament after injuring his ankle the previous weekend in Alpine, which hurt Pecos inside, as Blake McCullough scored 18 points for Greenwood, while Trevor Nolan led all scorers with 26 for the Rangers. The Eagles were led by Luis Morales and Paul Zubeldia with 10 apiece, but hurt themselves with 9-for-26 foul shooting.

Greenwood broke the game open with a 24-4 third quarter, after jumping out in front of Pecos by eight after one period and taking a 36-24 lead at halftime.

Against Kermit, the Eagles and Yellowjackets traded the lead through the first three quarters of the game, before Kermit outscored Pecos 18-10 in the final period to get the victory.

“It was just little mistakes here and there. Turnovers cost us, but our offense is getting better. We seem to know where we need to be now, as far as spacing,” Soliz said. “But in the second game, we only took 10 free throw attempts, which is not enough. We want to be able to attack the basket better.”

Kermit went to the foul line 27 times, but had problems, hitting just 10 of their free throws Joey Muniz led all scorers with 19 points for the Jackets, while Zubeldia and Dario Portillo, in his first game back eligible on the varsity both had 11 points to lead the Eagles.

Soliz said he would see on Tuesday if he would have his full lineup available when the Eagles face the Jackets again, this time in Pecos, starting following the girls’ game against the Yellowjackets, at about 8 p.m. It’s the first of two rematches this week for the Eagles, who’ll go to Presidio on Friday for their second game of the season against the Blue Devils, who they beat at home last month by a 55-39 score.

Missed FTs cost Eagles in 39-38 loss

In a game of missed shots from the field and from the free-throw line, the Pecos Eagles ended up having the more damaging misses down the stretch on Friday night against the Clint Lions.

The Eagles missed a series of shots from the field and could hit just 12 of their 35 free throws in their district opener, allowing the Lions to survive a 7-for-20 night from the line and come away with a 39-38 victory.

“That was it, the free throws and the little chip shots,” said Eagles’ coach Brent McWilliams, as Clint hit three of their seven foul shots in the final minute for their last three points of the game, while Pecos went 0-for-5 in the last two minutes of play.

Neither team had more than a four-point lead on the night, with Clint leading for most of the first half, while Pecos’ biggest lead was three points, which occurred twice in the second quarter.

The Lions held a 16-12 lead in the second period after a foul shot and lay-up by Sandra Ramirez, who along with Liana Renteria led Clint in scoring with nine. Pecos would come back with a lay-up by Gabby Garcia, who led all scorers with 17, but the Eagles would miss three foul shots in the final three minutes of the half, which allowed the Lions to go in with an 18-16 lead. “We ran the break well, but our halfcourt offense we’re still struggling with,” McWilliams said. “We also need to do a better job rebounding.”

Clint would score the first two points of the second half to again go up by four, then had their own foul shooting problems, as Renteria and Madelynne Cera each missed a pair of foul shots, helping Pecos go on a 7-1 run to take a 23-20 lead. Two of those points came off a rebound basket by Leia McWilliams off a missed foul shot by Garcia, while Olivia Castilleja and Brittany Palomino had baskets and Carissa Cerna added a free thrown during the streak.

Pecos also went 5-for-6 from the line during one stretch of the third period, which ended with the Eagles on top by one.

Clint regained the lead to start the final period on an Annette Escobedo basket, before Pecos go what turned out to be their final lead of the night on a rebound basket by Catherine Moore of her own miss. Renteria would hit two foul shots to put the Lions back in front, and the Eagles would tie the game twice more, at 30-all with just under five minutes to play, and at 36-all with 90 seconds to go, on a jumper by McWilliams.

Clint then regained the lead on two free throws by Cindy Borrego at the one-minute mark, and Renteria added a foul shot with 45 seconds to play after missed shots by McWilliams and Castilleja. Garcia then had a chance to tie the score with 26.5 seconds left, when she rebounded her own miss and scored and was fouled by Stephanie Talavara.

But she missed on her foul shot, and Clint would take the ball upcourt and hold it for 15 seconds, until Escobedo was fouled at the 8.8-second mark. She then proceeded to miss both her shots, with the Eagles rebounding it and moving downcourt, where Garcia was fouled on a lay-up attempt by Ramirez with 2.2 seconds to play. However, her first shot bounced around and out, and after time out by the Lions, her second shot hit the front of the rim and was rebounded by Renteria, who ran out the clock “It would have been nice to get a win, but we didn’t, so back to the drawing board,” McWilliams said.

The loss dropped Pecos to 2-7 on the season with their next district game set for this coming Friday in Anthony. Before then, the Eagles will be at home on Tuesday night against Kermit, which comes in off a 43-40 win over Coahoma in the title game of the Stanton Hoopstown Classic on Saturday.

Play is scheduled to start with the freshmen game at 4 p.m., followed by the JV at 5:30 and the varsity at 7 p.m.

Swimmers repeat sweep of Loboes, Panthers

The Pecos Eagle swim team closed out the 2008 portion of their 2008-09 season on Friday with their second dual meet win in as many weeks over the Fort Stockton Panthers and Monahans Loboes.

Swimming at home, Pecos’ girls scored 164 points to 94 for Monahans and 30 for Fort Stockton, while the boys won by a 164-84 margin over the Loboes, with Fort Stockton third with 54 points.

Coach Terri Morse said the times overall were a little slower than the previous Thursday, when Pecos won a three-way meet in Monahans, but added, “We were wearing extra drag in practice, so I knew they’d be a little torn down.”

She did say several swimmers did do better this time around.

“Conner Armstrong had a pretty good meet. She either had her best times or did better than the week before,” Morse said. “A couple of others had good splits, like Victoria (Machuca), and Anatalia (Hernandez) had a good meet.”

Armstrong won the 100-yard freestyle with a 1:01.64 time, and took the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:08.87. She was also on the relay with Alyson Reynolds, Alexcia Mendoza and Dakota Hegar in the 200 medley, which won with a 2:05.74 time, and on the 400 freestyle relay team with Reynolds, Adrianna Roman and Lauren Elliott, which won with a 4:10.52 time.

Hernandez, Roman, Mendoza and Elliott also won the 200 freestyle relay for Pecos, with a 1:55.69 time.

Reynolds and Mendoza also placed first in both their individual events, with Mendoza winning the 200 individual medley with a 2:31.54 time and the 100-yard butterfly with a 1:10.44 time, while Reynolds took the 500-yard freestyle with a 5:43.60 time and the 100-yard breaststroke, with a 1:16.28 time. Pecos also took the two other individual event for the girls; the 200 freestyle, with Elliott winning with a 2:13.06 time; and the 50 free, where Hegar won with a time of 28.33.

Elliott and Hegar placed second and third in the 100-yard freestyle; Hernandez was second to Mendoza in the 100 fly and 200 medley, while Roman was second to Hegar in the 50 free and to Reynolds in the 500 free. The girls’ other finishes include a third by Maggie Hernandez in the 200 free and a fourth in the 100 fly; a fourth by Machuca in the 200 medley and 100-yard breaststroke; and Tiffany Hunter was fourth in the 500 free and 100 backstroke. Hunter, Hegar, Machuca and Maggie Hernandez placed second as the ‘B’ relay in the 200 freestyle, while Hunter, Machuca and both Hernandezes were third in the 400 free relay. The boys didn’t come away with a sweep of all their events the way the girls did, but did take all three relays on Friday, and picked up some extra points in the 1-meter diving, where no girls competed in the three-way meet.

Josh Elliott, Carlos Navarro, Gus Mendoza and Derek Teague took the 200 medley relay with a 1:51.42 time; Teague, Mendoza, Edward Navarro and Frankie Morin won the 200 free relay with a 1:41.45 time; and both Navarros, Morin and Elliott took the 400 free relay with a 3:44.58 time. In the ‘B’ relays, Clay Teague, Tye Hegar, Austin Demor and Hector Roman were fourth in the 200 free, with a 2:13.39 time; Clay Teague, Abraham Lujan, Hector Roman and Gregory Roman were fourth in the 200 free relay; and Lujan, Hegar and both Romans placed fourth in the 400 free relay.

In the individual events won by Pecos, Edward Navarro took the 200 freestyle with a 2:01.81 time, with Lujan third and Hegar fifth; Elliott won the 200 medley, with a 2:12.40 time, with Mendoza second and Demor fifth; Carlos Navarro took the 100 free with a 54.16 time, with Gregory Roman fourth; Edward Navarro won the 500 free with a 5:37 time, with Morin second; Elliott took the 100 backstroke with a 59.04 time, with Morin second and Clay Teague fourth; and Carlos Navarro won the 100-yard backstroke with a 1:10.41 time, with Derek Teague second and Hegar third.

In the other two events, Fort Stockton’s Andrew Ureta took the 50 free, with Derek Teague third and Clay Teague eighth for Pecos; and Monahans’ Brandon Spinks won the 100-yard butterfly, with Mendoza second, Lujan third and Demor fourth for the Eagles.

Friday’s three-way meet replaced Saturday’s Seminole Invitational on the Eagles’ schedule, and is their final meet for the year. Their next race is the Fort Stockton Coker Invitational on Jan. 2-3, followed by the inaugural Andrews Invitational on Jan. 9-10. Morse said the Eagles would return to workouts after Christmas on Dec. 29, and about eight to 10 swimmers would compete that Saturday in Fort Stockton.

“After that, everybody will swim in Andrews,” she said, which will also be the site of this year’s District 4-4A and Region I-4A swim meets in late January and mid-February.

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