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Monday, February 5, 2001

Lobos' rally downs Eagles

PECOS, Feb. 5, 2001 -- The Pecos Eagles surprised the El Paso Mountain View Lobos in the  first half of their game Friday night, but the surprise wasn't big enough  to keep Mountain View from coming back in the second half to beat  the Eagles by a 51-46 final score.

Pecos put in 18 points in the first period and held a 30-18 halftime lead, only to see Mountain view wipe that out with a 15-3 advantage in the third quarter. The Lobos then won the game from the foul line in the final period, hitting nine of their 13 attempts while the Eagles connected on just five of 15 tries in the final eight minutes.

"When we came out I don't think Mountain View knew what hit them," said Eagles' coach Veronica Valenzuela said. "We really didn't have to run our offense in the first half, because most of our points came off the press break."

However, while the Eagles were able to break the press in the first two periods, Valenzuela said they didn't adjust to the Lobos changes in the third period and didn't adjust to having the lead.

"I told them at halftime they needed to slow things down and run some time off the clock in the third quarter, but we started rushing things against, and we weren't breaking the press the way we did in the first half," she said, adding that guards Kathy Maldonado and Marisela Arenivas both got into foul trouble in the second half.

Pecos' only basket in the third period was by Philly Fobbs, who ended up with a game-high 22 points, but she was one of the Eagles who ran into problems at the foul line, hitting only 4-of-10 shots, while Arenivas scored 13 points, but was just 7-for-16 from the line.

Mountain View improved to 6-3 in District 2-4A, while Pecos fell to 4-5, a game behind Canutillo in the battle for the final playoff berth. The Eagles close out their regular season schedule at home on Tuesday against San Elizario, while Canutillo faces Clint. If Pecos and Clint win on Tuesday, the Eagles would then face Canutillo in a one-game playoff for the third place bi-district playoff spot.

Inoffensive first half dooms Pecos

PECOS, Feb. 5, 2001 -- A lack of scoring continued to be the Pecos Eagles' biggest problem on Friday night, as they remained winless in District 2-4A boys basketball play after a 48-35 loss in El Paso to the Mountain View Lobos.

This time, the scoring problems were focused on the first half, when the Eagles managed just two points in the opening period and found themselves down by a 24-10 score at halftime. The Eagles were able to more than double that in the third quarter, when they scored 15 points, but the Lobos were still able to add another 24 points during the final two periods, which was too much for the Eagles to overcome.

Aaron Garcia, who did not play in last month's 45-40 win by the Lobos in Pecos, led all scorers on Friday with 16 points, while Rudy Meja added 12 for Mountain View, which improved to 2-5 in district play. Saul Garcia was the only Pecos player in double figures finishing with 12 points.

The loss dropped the Eagles to 0-7 in 2-4A and 4-18 on the season going into their final two home games this week, on Tuesday against San Elizario and Friday versus Clint. San Elizario defeated Canutillo on Friday 50-46 to tie them for second in the 2-4A standings, while Fabens is alone in first place at a 71-67 win at Clint.

Bears score sweep at Sierra Blanca

PECOS, Feb. 5, 2001 -- The Balmorhea Bears clinched the District 9-A boys basketball title Friday night, while Balmorhea's girls clinched a spot in the Class A small school playoffs, as both teams came away with a pair of victories on the road over the Sierra Blanca Vaqueros.

Balmorhea's boys improved to 7-0 in district thanks to another fourth quarter rally, as they defeated Sierra Blanca by a 71-54 final score, while the girls jumped out to an early lead on the Vaqueros, then survived a third quarter rally by Sierra Blanca to win by a 47-35 final score.

"We had a 22-12 halftime lead and then in the first couple of minutes of the third quarter that made a run," said Bears' coach Gary Gallego. "Halfway through the third quarter they actually closed the gap to 24-20."

But Gallego said the Bears were able to recover after a time-out, and went back in front by seven at the end of the period, then outscored the Vaqueros 18-13 in the final period.

Terry Hernandez led Balmorhea with 28 points, 19 coming in the second half, while Celina Rodriguez finished with 12 points and 25 rebounds. "Julia Garlick had 12 rebounds," Gallego said. "Our rebounding was a big part of the game from the third quarter up. We were only giving them one shot at the basket."

The win improved Balmorhea's record to 13-8 on the season. They still have a chance to tie Dell City for first place in the district standings if they can beat the Cougars on the road this Friday, but before then, Gallego said the Bears will play a non-district game against Fort Hancock in Balmorhea on Tuesday, starting at 6 p.m. Fort Hancock is in the large school playoffs in Class A, the first year that division has been divided into large- and small-school brackets.

Gallego said if the Bears win on Friday, they'd either have a coin flip to decide playoff seeding or have a one-game playoff on Saturday in Van Horn.

Balmorhea's boys will wait until next week before adding any pre-playoff games. They'll try to finish out district unbeaten in Dell City on Friday, after using a 23-point final period to break away from Sierra Blanca.

"This time we also had 22 points in the second quarter, which is the most we've had in that quarter," said coach Adolfo Garcia. "This was probably our best game since the Van Horn Tournament before Christmas. We out-rebounded them 42-27."

Isaiah Rodriguez led all scorers with 30 points, while Jourmain Matta added 12 points and Jerry Mendoza 10 for the Bears, who improved to 15-3 on the season.

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