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Wednesday, January 26, 2000

Inside, outside games get Lobos by Eagles

Staff Writer
PECOS, Jan. 26, 2000 -- Last year, the El Paso Mountain View Lobos came into Pecos, and despite a 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-7 front line, decided to bomb away from 3-point range against the much shorter Pecos Eagles. The result was a one-point Pecos victory.

This year, Mountain View came back with the same front line, and tried to do the same thing against Pecos. The only difference was this time it worked, but just barely.

Damian Lamas nailed two of his four 3-point shots in the third period to help Mountain View break a 24-24 halftime tie, and the Lobos were then able to use their size inside to hold off a late Pecos rally to win by a 57-47 final score.

Lamas' shots forced Pecos to open up its defense, giving not only 6-5 post Javier Garcia and 6-7 Dustin Maloney room to operate inside, but also opening the lane up for guard Gilbert Garcia, who had a series of key driving lay-ups in the final 2½ minutes of play, after Pecos had cut a 43-30 lead to 47-42.

"That Garcia kid killed us," said coach Tino Acosta, whose team fell to 0-18 on the season and 0-4 in District 2-4A play. His baskets widened the lead back to double-digits, and while Mountain View gave Pecos some chances on foul line misses in the last minute, the Eagles weren't able to connect from outside after Alex Garcia's 3-pointer had cut the margin to five points.

Lamas' first 3-pointer of the second half gave the Lobos a 29-24 lead and his second turned a 31-28 lead into a 34-28 margin, which would balloon to 41-28 on lay-ups by Maloney and Isaac Andazola.

"You get into a zone to take away height. They had height and we had to get into a zone, which is a risky gamble," Acosta said. "You get into rebound position, but then you give them the outside shot, and they made some tough shots."

Saul Garcia, David Chavez and Hector Rodriguez had good first halves, with Chavez and Garcia hitting several shots from outside, while Rodriguez was able to work his way around the taller Mountain View players for inside baskets. Chavez had all 12 of his points in the first half, helping to turn an early 4-0 El Paso lead into a 7-4 Eagle advantage, then hitting seven points in a 13-4 run to close out the second period, after Mountain View had gone out to a 20-11 lead.

Lamas had a 3-pointer in that run, but the Lobos kept shooting from outside and missing after that, which helped Pecos rally to tie the game at the half on two Rodriguez free throws. But in the second half Rodriguez and Saul Garcia saw less of the ball while Chavez was shut out, though Adrian Rayos did take up some of the scoring slack during the Eagles' fourth quarter rally.

"We've been in a shooting slump the last two ballgames," said Acosta, who didn't have Chavez available for last Friday's loss at San Elizario. "But we're getting better. We just need to keep working and realize this is going to be an ongoing process that takes time. They need to keep positive attitudes and that's what they've been doing."

Rodriguez finished with 12 points and Rayos and Saul Garcia had 10 for Pecos, while Lamas had 14, Javier Garcia 13, Maloney 12 and Gilbert Garcia 10 for Mountain View, which is 2-2 in district. Pecos did win Tuesday's freshman and junior varsity games, by 48-46 and 75-49 scores. Tony Trujillo had 16 to lead the ninth graders, while Jesus Salazar led four JVers in double figures with 18 points.

The Eagles will stay in Pecos on Friday to host Canutillo, for their last non-doubleheader match-up of the season. The Eagles will also be home next Tuesday to face Fabens.

Lamas 5 0-0 14; Andazola 2 0-0 4; G. Garcia 4 2-4 10; Lopez 1 0-0 2; Muniz 0 0-0 0; Mandy 1 0-0 2; Maloney 6 0-0 12; J. Garcia 4 5-8 13. Totals 23 7-12 57.

PECOS (47)
Weidner 0 0-0 0; Rayos 4 2-2 10; A. Garcia 1 0-0 3; Chavez 5 0-0 12; Tarin 0 0-0 0; Rodriguez 5 2-7 12; S. Garcia 4 1-2 10; Terrazas 0 0-2 0. Totals 19 5-13 47.

EP Mtn. View   15      9   19   14 - 57
Pecos                 11   13     8   15 - 47
Three-point goals: EP Mountain View 4 (Lamas 4), Pecos 4 (Chavez 2, S. Garcia, A. Garcia). Fouled out: Pecos, Weidner. Total fouls: EP Mountain View 10, Pecos 13.

“Confused” Eagles fall to Mountain View

Staff Writer
PECOS, Jan. 26, 2000 -- After a sloppy but close first half of play, the El Paso Mountain View Loboes stepped their game up a notch Tuesday night at the Pecos High School gym.

The Eagles, unfortunately, took their game down a level at the same time, and the result was a halftime tie turned into Pecos’ 18th straight loss, by a 41-27 final score.

Head coach Brian Williams was at a loss after the game to figure out why his team came out so flat and so confused to start the second half.

“They changed the defense on me,” a frustrated Williams said. “They changed it, then they tried to say they were confused and didn’t know what they were doing.”

The defensive confusion combined with a flat effort on offense led to an 8-0 run by Mountain View that turned a 16-16 tie into a 24-16 El Paso lead. Pecos didn’t score until Amy Salgado hit a 10-foot jumper with 1:25 left in the period. That got the Eagles back on track for a while, but they were never able to get closer than five points the rest of the way, after a 3-point jumper by Maricela Arenivas midway through the fourth quarter.

“We threw that one away, because we had a chance to win it,” said Williams, referring especially to the first quarter, when Mountain View was the team struggling.

The Lobos missed shots from inside, outside and from the foul line in the period. Pecos, meanwhile, hit three of their first six shots to jump out to a 6-1 lead, but the Eagles had far fewer chances to shoot thanks to an ongoing series of turnovers, many of them unforced.

“In our first six possessions we turned it over four times, then we missed a lot of 1-and-1s,” Williams said. “I told them yesterday (Monday) it’s the second time around, and all those teams know our weakness is ball handling, so most teams are going to keep pressing us to make up throw the ball away.”

Mountain View didn’t get their first field goal until Daria Gonzales hit a lay-up with 1:10 left in the period. But Pecos couldn’t score again after their early baskets, and the Loboes would go up 8-6 in the second period on a pair of Monica Acala lay-ups.

The Eagles then had their best stretch of the game, a 6-0 streak that featured baskets by Mireya Medrano, Philly Fobbs and Katrina Quiroz. But then the turnovers returned, Mountain View went on a six-point run of their own, and the half ended tied at 16 on a pair of foul shots by Arenivas.

Acala and guard Christina Aguilar had four points apiece in the 8-0 run to start the third period, while Acala, who led the Lobos with 12 points, would get her final four off a pair of free throws and a lay-up with under four minutes to go, turning a 31-25 lead into a 35-25 advantage.

Arenivas was the only Pecos player in double figures with 13 points, but went 2-for-5 from the line, while Sandy Alva was also in double-figures for Mountain View with 11 points. The Loboes evened their District 2-4A record at 3-3, while Pecos fell to 0-6 going into Friday’s game at Canutillo.

Mountain View also won Tuesday’s junior varsity game, 80-19. Stephanie Arreguy led Pecos with five points.

Reyes 0 0-0 0; Aguilar 3 0-0 6; Alvarez 0 0-2 0; Bryad 1 0-0 2; Martinez 0 0-0 0; Sanchez 1 0-0 2; Gonzales 2 1-2 5; Alva 3 5-6 11; Lopez 0 1-2 1; Acosta 3 6-6 12; Loera 0 2-2 2. Totals 13 15-20 41.

PECOS (27)
Rodriguez 0 0-0 0; Marquez 1 0-0 2; Molinar 0-2 0; Quiroz 2 0-0 4; M. Arenivas 5 2-5 13; Medrano 2 0-0 4; Salcido 1 0-0 2; Lara 0 0-0 0; Fobbs 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 2-7 27.

EP Mtn. View          3    13    11    14   -- 41
Pecos                        6    10      2      9   -- 27
Three-point goals: Pecos 1 (Arenivas). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: EP Mountain View 12, Pecos 15.


Super Bowl's media swamps Rams, Titans

AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA, Jan. 26, 2000 - Roland Williams had a tinge of disbelief in his voice.

"Everything seems different," the St. Louis Rams tight end said Tuesday. "My hotel room seems different. The sheets on my bed seem different. Even the water tastes different."

So, this is what it's like to play in your first Super Bowl.

"I can't believe it," Titans receiver Chris Sanders said, video camera in hand as hundreds of reporters milled about at that annual phenomenon known as media day. "Look at me. I can't stop smiling."

The Rams aren't really playing in their first Super Bowl, but they might as well be. Their only previous appearance came in 1980, when they were still in Los Angeles and St. Louis belonged to the football Cardinals.

The Titans are neophytes, playing in their first Super Bowl as Tennessee's team or their previous incarnation as the Houston Oilers.

"I've never seen this much media," Sanders said. "I'm taping everything."

But, with memories of the Atlanta Falcons still fresh on their minds, both the Rams and Titans declared a moratorium on anything that might be construed as controversial.

No dog collars. No insults. No guaranteed victories.

"We want to be careful in what we say and what we do," Tennessee receiver Derrick Mason said. "We don't want to say anything about the Rams that might get them motivated."

Not even an appearance by Mr. Dog Collar himself, Falcons cornerback Ray Buchanan, could produce the slightest of trash talk at the Georgia Dome.

A year ago, Buchanan first guaranteed a victory over the Denver Broncos, then arrived for interviews wearing silver-studded neckwear as a way of dramatizing his team's underdog role.

Instead of being motivated, the Falcons suffered a major meltdown, losing 34-19.

"We're not going to do stuff like that," Williams said. "We're going first class to get the job done. We respect our fine opponent, the Tennessee Titans."

Not the kind of talk you'd get from Deion Sanders or Jim McMahon. Then again, this game just doesn't have the star power of past Super Bowls.

Many reporters kept glancing at the one-page rosters that were handed out at the Georgia Dome, trying to figure out who they were talking to.

Youth hoops deadline Friday

PECOS, Jan. 26, 2000 -- Friday is the deadline to sign up for the Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department's Pee Wee Basketball League.

The league is for boys and girls ages 5 through 10, with registration forms available from RCCRD office at the old Pecos High School gym until Friday. The office is open weekdays between 5 and 9 p.m.

The games will begin at the old gym after the high school basketball seasons end in February. For further information on either league, call the recreation department at 447-9776.

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