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Wednesday, November 15, 2000


Free throws by Loboes sink Eagles 

Staff Writer

PECOS, Nov. 15, 2000 -- There were a lot of foul shots in Tuesday night's season  opening basketball game for the Pecos Eagles, but very few of them  were taken by the Eagles.

Pecos managed to go to the line only six times Tuesday night, while the visiting Monahans Loboes got their 40 times, and outscored the Eagles from the free throw stripe, 27-2. Thanks to that, the Loboes came away with an easy 62-37 win over the Eagles at the Pecos High School gym.

Both teams scored 35 points from the field, with Monahans managed just one more field goal overall than Pecos. The difference was the points scored at the foul line, with half of 40 trips there coming from guards Ovid and Ramon Porras, Al Navarette and Jesse Rodriguez.

"We played hard, but we didn't play very smart," said Eagles' coach Tino Acosta. "Until we start playing smarter it's not going to change."

Offensively, Pecos' posts didn't take the ball inside much, while the Eagles' guards were plagued by turnovers, leading to many of the Lobos' foul shots.

"We didn't do anything to earn free throws. We have to be more aggressive," Acosta said of his posts, who also ran into problems with fouls, both on defense and of pushing fouls away from the ball on offense.

Pecos went into the game a little shorthanded at the guard spot due to the ongoing football season, and it showed in the series of turnovers the Eagles committed, most coming in the second half, they led to either fast break baskets or defensive mismatches, which resulted in 30 fouls being called on Pecos in the game.

Unlike last year, when Monahans broke out to a 17-2 lead after one period, this came was close in the opening quarter. Pecos trailed only 7-6 with less than two minutes left in the period after a Joey Ortega lay-up when three foul shots by Ovid Porras and a Ramon Porras lay-up lifted the Loboes to a 12-6 advantage by the end of the period. That would eventually grow to 25-11 in the second period, which ended with Monahans up by 12, at 27-15.

Pecos had their chances to get back into the game in the third period. Baskets from in close by Ortega and Martin Vasquez got the margin back down to 29-19, but the Eagles spent the rest of the quarter unable to work the ball inside. After an Adrian Tarin jumper made it 31-21, the Loboes scored eight straight points to close out the period, then got the margin up to 20, at 45-25, early in the final quarter on a Mark Covington jumper.

Outside of a couple of 3-pointers by Ezra Varela, the Eagles had little offense in the final period, while Monahans used a series of steals and turnovers to widen their lead to as much as 27 points late in the game.

"Our guards are going to have to grow up and play, because if we can't get the ball up court, it's going to be tough," Acosta said.

Covington was the only Monahans player with more than three field goals, finishing with seven and a game-high 18 points. Varela, with 10 points, was the only other player on either team in double figures, with 10 points.

The Eagles will continue to seek their first win since the 1998-99 season on Saturday, when they host Fort Stockton in a 4 p.m. game. The Panthers lost their opener on Tuesday at home to Del Rio, 82-64.

Monahans also won Tuesday's freshman game, 41-30, and took the junior varsity season opener, 53-44. Justin Lara led the ninth graders with nine points and Jaime Gomez' eight points topped the JV.

O. Porras 0 6-8 6; Navarette 0 5-8 5; R. Porras 3 2-2  8; Barron 0 0-0 0; Rodriguez 0 1-2 1; Cadena 2 2-3 6;  Valle 1 0-0 2; Covington 7 4-9 18; Gambino 1 2-2 5; Gaddis  1 4-4 6; Arroyo 2 1-2 5. Totals 17 27-40 62.
PECOS (37)

Ja. Mora 2 0-0 4; S. Garcia 0 0-0 0; Cervantes 0 0-0  0; Varela 4 0-0 10; Salazar 1 1-1 3; Tarin 4 0-2 8; Ortega  3 1-3 7; Ju. Mora 1 0-0 3; Vasquez 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 2-6 37.

Monahans                12    15    12    23    — 62
Pecos                       6      9      6    15    — 37
Three-point goals:
Monahans 1 (Gambino), Pecos  3 (Varela 2, Ju. Mora). Fouled out: Pecos S.  Garcia, Salazar. Total fouls: Monahans 14, Pecos 30.

Pecos-Parkland tickets at P-B-T office

PECOS, Nov. 15, 2000 -- Advanced tickets for Friday's Class 4A bi-district playoff  game between the Pecos Eagles and the El Paso Parkland Matadors are on  sale now through 3 p.m. Friday at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD  business office, at 1302 S. Park St.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. game at $5 for adults and $3 for children in advance, and $6 for adults and $4 for students at the gate Friday night.

This is the third year in a row the Eagles have made the Class 4A football playoffs, but the first time they've hosted a bi-district round game. Pecos comes into Friday's contest with a 6-4 record, while Parkland comes in with a 7-3 record.

Both teams are district runners-up this season, and the winner will face either Andrews or Borger in the area round of the Class 4A (Division II) playoffs Thanksgiving weekend.

Bears first in 3rd-4th grade youth football

Special Correspondent

BALMORHEA, Nov. 15, 2000 -- The undefeated Pee-wee Balmorhea Bears took the field  against the Vikings from Pecos on Nov. 4.  The little Bears' football session  has already ended, leaving the Bears with a record of 5 and 0.       

The game against the Vikings was very exciting, with Brandon Mendoza and Americo Rios being two of the many stand-out players on the team. The game went very well with no one on either team being hurt and everyone was having a lot of fun.

The game went into overtime when the Vikings scored with just seconds left on the clock. After everything was said and done, the Balmorhea Bears won the game by a score of 14-8.

The Bears' team consists of Brandon Mendoza, Jonathan Ramirez, Americo Rios, Oran Jones, Russell Garlick, Harry Barron, Jay Sanchez, Robert Garcia, Jaime Morales, Eric Ontiveros, Shawn Enloe, Gabriel Jurado, Gabriel Saenz, Adam Roman, Jose Rodriguez, Rodney Fuentes, Robert Moore, Jeremy Baeza, Kyle Wardlow, Austin Vernon, Alvaro Beltran, Aaron Sotelo, Shawn Baeza, and Joe Abel Rodriguez. The Bear's coach is Mr. Hector Rodriguez, and the Assistant Coach is Norman Roman. The Bear cheerleaders for Saturday's game were Yadira Rios, Beatrice Serrano, Megan Mendoza, and Savannah Machuca.

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