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Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Lobos find openings to get past Eagles, 45-40.

Staff Writer
PECOS, Jan. 17, 2001 -- The Pecos Eagles decided if the El Paso Mountain View Lobos were going to beat them, it would be by someone besides Dustin Maloney.
Which is exactly what the Lobos were able to do -- just barely -- Tuesday night.
Arturo Muniz hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third period and Ivan Lerma sank a pair of jump shots early in the fourth quarter while the Eagles went cold, and Mountain View was able to use a 14-2 run to come away with a 45-40 victory at the Pecos High School gym.
Pecos collapsed their defense on the 6-foot-7 Maloney all night, allowing the other Lobos chances from the outside that they mostly failed to take advantage of during the first half, which ended with the Eagles holding a 21-20 lead. It was 26-all when Lerma hit the first of three jumpers during the 14-2 run, while Muniz nailed hits 3-pointers and Albert Arrellano got open for a foul line jumper. Other than those points, the three Lobos managed only three points the rest of the way.

"We kind of changed up our zone after halftime to try and keep Maloney from hurting us, but when you make an adjustment there's always a counter to it and they found it," said Eagles' coach Tino Acosta. "They made those little shots and took advantage of it."

Still, the Eagles had their chance to come back, but were done in by their own problems rebounding missed foul shots

Alex Garcia, who kept Pecos in front most of the first half with a trio of 3-pointers, cooled off in the middle periods before finding the range again, after Lerma's foul line jump off a steal put Mountain View up 40-28. He sank three straight 3s in a span of 90 seconds, which turned the 12-point deficit into a 40-37 Lobo lead.

Maloney got open inside for a lay up and Rudy Meija would hit a lay-up off a pass from Lerma after Ezra Varela missed a lay-up, which put Mountain View back up by seven before Adrian Tarin hit a 12-footer with 45 seconds left to go cutting the margin back to five and Joey Ortega sank one of two foul shots nine seconds later to make it 44-40.

The Eagles were then forced to commit a series of fouls to put Mountain View on the line in hopes they would miss their shots. The strategy worked perfectly, as the Lobos failed on the front end of three straight 1-and-1s, but after the first two misses Mountain View's Meija and Arrellano were able to out-fight Ortega for the rebound, and while it produced no points, it allowed the visitors to knock nine seconds off the clock.

Pecos finally did rebound the third missed 1-and-1 with 13 seconds to play, but a pass upcourt was intercepted by Muniz, who sank one of two foul shots with 4.3 seconds to play.

Garcia, who has been bothered by the shoulder separation he suffered during football season, ended up with six 3-pointers and a game-high 20 points for Pecos, as the Eagles were forced to go outside to get most of their points against the taller Lobos. The only possible mistake came with Pecos down 44-39, when Garcia came up with a steal and opted for a 3-point jumper in the closing 90 seconds, instead of going for the lay-up.

"The kid's got a lot of heart," Acosta said, while on the late-game decision, "He was hot and he felt the shot, so he took it."

Pecos took their biggest lead of the game in the second period, when they were able to sneak inside for baskets by Cesar Coria and Ortega, while Coria hit a pair of free throws after being fouled for a 19-13 lead. But Maloney, who led Mountain View with 17 points, was able to hit a trio of lay-ups, including one for a three-point play, which cut the margin to one by halftime.

After Garcia, the next highest scorers for Pecos was Varela with five points, while Lerma had eight points for the Lobos, who are 1-1 in District 2-4A play.

The Eagles are 0-2 and now have to go to San Elizario to face that group of Eagles, who ---

Mountain View also won Tuesday's junior varsity game, 35-29, while Pecos took the freshman contest, 53-39. Matthew Levario led the JV with 11 points, while Justin Lara had 14 points and Rick Barreno 13 to lead the ninth graders.

Lerma 4 0-1 8; Meija 3 0-1 7; Lopez 0 0-0 0; Arrellano 1 0-1 2; Muniz 2 1-2 7; Maloney 7 3-3 17; Castro 0 0-0 0; Morales 2 0-2 4. Totals 19  4-8 45.
PECOS (40)
A.Garcia 7 0-0 20; S. Garcia 2 0-0 4; Varela 2 0-0 5;Torres 0 0-0 0; Salazar 0 0-0 0; Tarin 2 0-0 4; Ortega 1 1-4 3; Vasquez 0 0-0 0; Coria 1 2-3 4. Totals 15 3-7 40.

Mountain View 9 11 16 9 -- 45
Pecos  11 10  7 12 -- 40
Three-point goals: Mountain View 3 (Muniz 2, Meija), Pecos 7 (A. Garcia 6, Varela). Fouled out: None. Total fouls: Mountain View 10, Pecos 14.

Mountain View too big an obstacle for Pecos

Staff Writer
PECOS, Jan. 17, 2001 -- They were outscored by nine points in the first half, and by seven in the second, but the first 16 minutes of the Pecos Eagles’ game Tuesday night looked a lot better than the last 16, even if the numbers didn’t show up on the scoreboard.

Pecos lost to Mountain View by a 51-37 final score last night in a battle for second place in the District 2-4A standings. Missed lay-ups cost the Eagles in the first half, when Mountain View rolled off 15 straight points in the opening period to turn a 7-4 deficit into a 19-7 lead, but Pecos was still in the game until the third period, when problems caused by a series of bad turnovers and lack of rebounding allowed the Lobos to widen their margin to 20 points.

“It looked like it was already over when they came out in the third quarter. We only scored two points,” said Eagles’ coach Veronica Valenzuela. “At first we missed a bunch of easy shots under the basket, then we didn’t have anybody to rebound.”

The Eagles had their chances and didn’t give the Lobos many easy shots off turnovers in the opening half, but then started throwing the ball away in the third quarter before they could get their shots off. “The problem is the ones that need to be more aggressive won’t do it and the ones who need to settle down and not foul or make mistakes aren’t doing it,” Valenzuela said.

Two baskets by Philly Fobbs and a jumper and free throw by Jessica Rodriguez gave the Eagles an early 7-4 lead, but neither player would score another point in the game. Meanwhile, Mountain View was led by guard Susy Alva who scored seven straight points in the 15-0 run that put the Lobos up by 12.

Pecos halved that margin early in the second period, off a Christina Arenivas basket and a three-point play by Tiana Terry, but was unable to close the gap after that. Mountain View widened their lead to 32-21 at halftime, then shut out Pecos over the final six minutes of the third quarter, and would increase their margin to as much as 23 points in the fourth period as Diana Gonzalez, Angela Lopez and Beronica Loera found openings underneath for lay-ups.

The Lobos did stumble a bit over the final four minutes, though nowhere near the 21-2 fourth quarter they suffered through in last Friday’s loss to Clint. Pecos scored nine straight points to narrow a 23-point gap to 51-37 with 2½ minutes to play, but Terry missed a couple of free throws at the 1:49 mark, and the Lobos were able to run out the clock after that.

“The bottom just fell out in the second half. I don’t know if we were getting too tired or what,” Valenzuela said. “We went to a zone, but even then we shouldn’t let their girls get inside.”

Maricela Arenivas, who led the fourth quarter rally attempt, led Pecos with 12 points, while Christina Arenivas added eight for the Eagles, who fell to 5-11 on the season and 2-2 in district. Alva led all scorers with 19 points, including 7-for-7 from the foul line, as Mountain View improved to 15-3 on the season and 3-1 in district.

Mountain View also won Tuesday’s junior varsity game, 37-27. Sara McKinney led the Eagles with eight points.

Reyes 0 0-0 0; Torres 1 0-0 2; Alvarez 2 2-3 6; Beyand 0 0-0 0; Garcia 0 0-1 0; Salazar 0 0-1 0; Gonzalez 4 0-1 8; Alva 6 7-7 19; Lopez 4 0-3 8; Loera 4 2-4 10. Totals 21 11-20 53.
PECOS (37)
C. Arenivas 3 2-4 6; Rodriguez 1 1-2 3; Maldonado 0 0-0 0; Moliar 2 1-4 5; M. Arenivas 5 1-2 12; Terry 1 3-5 5; Fobbs 2 0-0 4. Totals 14 8-17 37.

Mountain View 19 13 11 10 -- 53
Pecos    9 12  2 14 -- 37
Three-point goals: Pecos 1 (M. Arenivas). Fouled out: Pecos, Maldonado. Total fouls: Mountain View 17, Pecos 21.

Bears post sweep of games against Fort Davis

PECOS, Jan. 17, 2001 -- The Balmorhea Bears basketball teams both improved their District 9-A records to 2-0 Tuesday night in Fort Davis, coming up with road victories over the Indians and Maidens.

Balmorhea’s girls got ahead of Fort Davis early and were able to stay there, taking a 41-36 decision from the Maidens, while Balmorhea’s boys didn’t break open their game until late, outscoring the Indians 22-12 in the fourth quarter for a 58-45 victory.

The girls’ leading scorer, Teri Hernandez, ran into shooting problems on Tuesday, but her teammates were able to make up the difference, coach Gary Gallego said.

“Teri had her worst shooting night of the season. She was only 2-for-14,” and finished with 13 points, Gallego said. “I told her things like that are going to happen.”

Hernandez still ended up with 13 points, while Celina Rodriguez led all scorers with 20 and Chela Arredondo added eight.

Balmorhea led 6-4 after one period and held a 17-8 halftime lead before Fort Davis cut that down to 22-19 after three quarters. “The closest they got was in the first minute of the fourth quarter. They got within a basket, but then we went to the foul line and hit a whole bunch of free throws in the fourth quarter,” Gallego said, including 7-for-13 by Rodriguez and 3-of-4 for Hernandez.

Rodriguez also had 13 rebounds and Julia Garlick 12 for the Bears, who are now 8-7 on the season.

The boys got 22 points from Isaiah Rodriguez and 12 from Billy Lozano in their win. Balmorhea went up 13-6 after one period only to see Fort Davis cut that to 24-23 at the half. The Bears were up 36-33 after three periods and the Indians stayed close until the final minutes, when Balmorhea pulled away.

Jeremiah Matta and Jerry Mendoza each scored 10 for Balmorhea, which is 10-2 on the season going into Friday night’s home game, against the Dell City Cougars. Balmorhea also won Tuesday’s junior varsity game, 65-24. Ivan Rodriguez led the Bears with 21 points.

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