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Thursday, December 28, 2000

Eagle cagers return to play in Midland, Fort Stockton

PECOS, Dec. 28, 2000 - The final week of 2000 brings a few changes from the normal for the Pecos Eagle basketball teams, as both squads resume action today with games in Midland and Fort Stockton.

Pecos' girls will be entered in the Midland Christian Tournament, which is a rare double-elimination tournament, while the boys were scheduled to be in tournament play at Fort Stockton, but instead will play single games today and Friday against the Panthers and Presidio Blue Devils.

"We'll play Presidio at 3 p.m. Thursday (today) and Fort Stockton at 5 p.m. on Friday," said Eagles' coach Tino Acosta. Pecos has two of their three wins so far this season against Presidio, while dropping a four-point game at home against Fort Stockton back in mid-November.

Things have improved for Pecos since then _ they lost by 25 points at home to Monahans three days before falling to Fort Stockton, but come into today's game off a 64-62 loss at Monahans in their last game, on Jan. 20. Richard Rodriguez hit six 3-pointers for 18 points and Alex Garcia added 12 in the game.

Acosta said his team will be a little shorthanded for their two games this week. "We've got a couple on Christmas break, but they're allow to (miss games) at this time of the year."

The Eagles were hoping to get in three games this weekend, but Acosta said he would settle for the two against the Blue Devils and Panthers. "The main thing is at this point we just want games so it really doesn't bother me, as long as we get to play," he said.

Pecos' girls could play as many as five games this weekend at Midland, beginning with today's game against Brady at 3 p.m.

The Eagles come in off a 62-52 loss at Presidio last week, after they picked up their second win of the season on Dec. 15, beating Fort Stockton at home. Pecos' other win so far in the 2000-2001 season was against Kermit, which also will be in the Midland Tournament.

Unlike the boys, coach Veronica Valenzuela said her team should be at full strength for the tournament. "All of them are supposed to be here today," she said, though the girls have been carrying only eight players on the varsity this season.

Due to the double-elimination format, the second round pairings for the tournament are a bit unusual. If the Eagles win, they'll face the loser of today's Midland Christian-Midland Trinity game, at 9 a.m. on Friday. If they lose, then they'll take on the winner of that game, beginning at 12 noon on Friday.

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