Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, November 27, 2000
Eagles down Blue Devils to end loss streak
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Nov. 27, 2000 -- The streak is over, and Pecos Eagles' coach Tino
Acosta has the haircut to prove it.
Acosta had very little hair left on his head at all this morning, the
result of the Eagles ending their 32-game losing streak on Saturday with
a 77-65 victory in Presidio over the Blue Devils.
"I needed the haircut," said the Eagle coach, who made it through the
weekend before having to submit to the electric razor today. "We did it this
morning after practice,"
Richard Rodriguez scored 32 points, and the Eagles held off a second half
rally by the Blue Devils to get their first win since a 37-36 victory over
El Paso Mountain View in January of 1999. It was the first game of the year
for Rodriguez following football season, and he had four of Pecos' five 3-point
baskets, while going 12-for-20 from the foul line.
"I was more proud of his defense than I was of his scoring," Acosta said.
"Richard got after it defensively and that set the tone for the rest of the
The Eagles scored 39 points in the first half, after not scoring more
than 48 points in any of their first three games this season. Pecos was up
by 11 at the half, then saw the Blue Devils narrow that gap to 56-50 after
three periods before doubling that lead in the final period, mostly from
the foul line.
Pecos, struggled with their free throws overall, but still managed to
put in 24 points after going to the line 47 times on the afternoon. "If we
had been able to hit our free throws we could have scored about 90 points,"
Rodriguez and Freddy Torres were the only two additions from the football
team on Saturday _ Acosta said guard Alex Garcia and post Cesar Coria would
be available later this week. Presidio had already added a couple of players
from football onto their roster, but saw a couple more come out for the first
time, including David Neri, who led the Blue Devils with 18 points.
Presidio needed all the players they could get by the end of the game,
after four fouled out and the team was whistled for 30 fouls overall in the
game, including one technical, which Acosta said was due to an elbow thrown
while the Blue Devils were trying to break the Eagles' press.
"They're starting to understand what I want out of the transition game,"
Acosta said of the Eagles, who had one other player, post Joey Ortega, in
double figures with 12.
The win lifted the Eagles to 1-4 on the season, while Presidio is 0-3
overall. Pecos will now get three days to practice before facing the team
that handed them loss No. 32 in the streak, Andrews, in the first round of
the Gym Bice Memorial Tournament on Thursday.
Acosta said the tournament has been moved up to Thursday-Friday because
Andrews will face Southlake Carroll in the Class 4A-Division II regional
semifinals on Saturday. The Mustangs beat the team that ousted Pecos from
the playoffs, El Paso Parkland, this past Saturday by a 49-26 final score.
In Saturday's sub-varsity basketball games, Pecos' junior varsity lost
to Presidio, 57-48, while the freshmen beat the Blue Devils, 49-44. Oscar
Parada led the ninth graders with 13 points, and Jose Saldana led the JV
S. Garcia 2 3-4
7; Cervantes 3 2-5 8; Rodriguez 8 12-20 32; Varela 3 0-1 7; Torres 0 0-0
0; Salazar 2 0-0 4; Tarin 3 3-6 9; Ortega 4 4-11 12; Ju. Mora 0 0-0 0; Vasquez
0 0-0 0. Totals 24 24-47 77.
Vargas 5 0-0 10;
Flores 3 0-0 7; Herrera 1 2-4 4; Muniz 0 0-0 0; Montemayor 2 3-4 7; Neri
8 2-3 18; Vizciano 6 0-0 12; Covos 3 0-2 5; Baeza 0 0-0 0.
Totals 28 7-13 65.
21 18 17 21 — 77
16 12 22 15 — 65
goals: Pecos 5 (Rodriguez 4, Varela), Presidio
2 (Flores, Covos). Technical foul:
Presidio, Montemayor. Fouled out: Presidio,
Herrera, Montemayor, Neri, Covos. Total fouls:
Pecos 16, Presidio 30.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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