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Friday, December 31, 2004

Pecos falls to Tors, Cubs in Lamesa openers

The tournament results were not great the first two days for the Pecos Eagle boys’ basketball team at the O.W. Follis Tournament in Lamesa. But they were better than the results for Pecos at their most recent tournaments.

The Eagles, who lost by 40 points to District 3-3A rival Lamesa at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament earlier this month, were beaten by 18 points on Tuesday by the Golden Tornadoes on their home court, in their opening round match-up. Pecos fell by a 54-36 score, which dropped them into a consolation round quarterfinal match Wednesday afternoon against Brownfield, where the Cubs were able to edge the Eagles by a 69-62 final score.

That put Pecos into a 9:45 a.m. game on Thursday against the Big Spring Steers. The Eagles would face Brownfield again later in the afternoon in the seventh place game of the tournament if they won.

Luis Licon had 10 points while Ricardo Morales and Lupito Bustamates put in six points apiece in the opening game against Lamesa, which like the Eagles’ 62-45 loss at Presidio on Dec. 20, was close until the third period. The Tors held only a 22-16 lead at halftime, before breaking away in the third quarter and outscored Pecos 32-20 the rest of the way. The points were easier to come by for both sides in Wednesday’s game against Brownfield, as Morales put in 20 points while Bustamantes and Josh Anchondo had 12 points apiece against the Cubs, who had fallen by 10 points to Perryton in their tournament opener, and then were beaten by Andrews, 66-57, in the consolation semifinals.

Lamesa lost to Levelland, 53-46, in the tournament semifinals and were to face the other district team in the tournament, Greenwood, in the third place game Thursday evening. The Rangers, who lost in the Class 3A state finals last season after winning the district title, lost to Perryton in overtime after defeating Andrews in their tournament opener.

Andrews and Greenwood will be the Eagles’ first opponents after the New Year’s weekend. The Eagles will take advantage of their district bye date next Tuesday to host the Mustangs, then resume their 3-3A schedule on Jan. 7 by hosting the Rangers.

Points tough to come by for Eagles at tourney

Point production problems returned to the Pecos Eagles following the Christmas break, as they suffered a pair of losses on Monday and Tuesday at the Reagan County Mary Tatum Invitational Tournament at Big Lake.

The Eagles, who scored 51 points in their previous game on Dec. 20 at Presidio, managed just 51 points in two games at Big Lake. They dropped their opening game of the tournament to the Garden City Bearcats by a 46-26 score, and then were beaten on Tuesday by the Menard Yellowjackets by a 59-25 margin.

“We couldn’t hit from the field and we couldn’t hit our free throws. If some of them would have fallen, we would have made it a game,” Eagles’ coach Lisa Lowery said of the opening loss to Garden City, which ended up losing to the host Owls in the tournament title game. “They were two good teams, but we didn’t play up to what we’re capable of playing.”

Danielle Garcia did several 3-pointers in the tournament. She finished with 12 points in Monday’s loss, but Lowery said the Eagles were shut out 11-0 in the opening period, and managed just five points by halftime against Garden City. Adriana Armendariz was next for Pecos with four points.

The scoring was even more unbalanced against Menard, when Garcia finished with 17 points while the rest of the Eagles managed just eight. Lowery said Pecos played in the tournament without starting post Chantel Mazone, and it hurt them more against the Yellowjackets than it did against the Bearcats.

“When we played Menard they had a lot of height and we couldn’t match up well with them at all,” she said. “They could also shoot from the outside … We tried a man defense, but they were too tall, then we tried a zone and they were bombing it from the outside.”

Lowery said the tournament schedule was changed up because Presidio’s girls did not make the trip to Big Lake, and the Eagles did not play a game on Wednesday, the final day of the tournament, and close out the 2004 portion of their 2004-05 season with a 3-14 record.

Monahans was the only other District 3-3A team in the tournament, and they ended up going 0-3, losing to Coahoma, Midland Classical and Christoval in their three games. Reagan County won the tournament with a 46-36 win over Garden City, while on the boys’ side Presidio took first place, defeating the host Owls by seven in the tournament title game.

The Eagles drew the opening bye date of 2005, when play resumes next week, and as a result, won’t be back in action until Jan. 7, when they host the Greenwood Rangerettes. Pecos currently is in a three-way tie for second place with Monahans and Greenwood in the 3-3A standings, all with 2-1 records.

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