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Friday, December 12, 2003

Eagles' offense stumbles in openers

"Inoffensive" would be the best way to describe the Pecos Eagle basketball teams on Thursday, in the opening round of tournament play in Stanton and Monahans.

Pecos' boys managed just six points in the middle period of their game against Amarillo Caprock, and were beaten by the Longhorns by a 77-30 final score in the opening round of the Sandhills Tournament in Monahans.

The Eagle girls scored half that many points in the middle period of their game against Stanton at the Hooptown Classic, managing just three points in the second and third quarters of a 47-20 loss to the host Buffaloes.

"Offensively we were worse than we were on Tuesday," said boys coach Joe Flores, who said the defense did fairly well, despite the 77 points allowed.

"They were just too big for us. They had a big 6-6 and two wide 6-3, 6-4 guys. They really just beat us up down low, other than that we played good defense. We held their leading scorer Chaston Mitchell to five points, but they hurt us underneath," Flores said.

Pecos also played without starting forward/guard Oscar Parada, who was out with the flu. Parada had been the Eagles' main ballhandler in the first two weeks of play, and Flores said with Parada out of the line-up, Pecos had problems handling the ball.

"We don't understand how to start off in transition," he said. "We can't handle the pressure. It was 11-11 at the end of the first quarter and we went into a turnover frenzy in the second quarter. We had 11 turnovers, and it seemed like every time we'd go downcourt we'd give the ball away."

Bino Barreno led Pecos with 12 points, while Nick Jones topped three players in double figures for Caprock with 17. The Longhorns improved to 5-5 on the season, while the Eagles fell to 3-5 going into today's 4 p.m. game against former district rival San Elizario, which lost their tournament opener to Seminole, 52-48.

"We had another practice this morning and worked on getting our offense started off the transition. Hopefully we can get it done today," said Flores, who added that Parada would be back in the lineup today.

The girls actually lost less ground to Stanton in the middle quarters, when they managed just three points, than in the opening period, when the Buffaloes jumped ahead by a 20-6 score. "Nobody scored for the first five minutes of the third period," said coach Veronica Valenzuela. Pecos trailed 29-7 at the half and was down 34-9 after three quarters.

"It was pretty much like the Lamesa game (a 69-19 loss on Dec. 4). We played well for the first four minutes then one bad thing happens and it dominoes," Valenzuela said. "We were getting some good shots on offense, but we weren't making them, and we still weren't shooting as much as I'd like them to. We'd get into the lane and try to pass it off and get it stolen away."

Adriana Armendariz and Danielle Garcia scored six points apiece for the Eagles, 1-7, who will be off today before taking on the winner of the Wink-Presidio game in the consolation semifinals at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Pecos defeated Presidio in their season opener and lost by two points at Wink on Nov. 25.

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