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Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Foul night for Pecos girls in opening loss to Cranes

It was the fouls more than the foul shots that hurt the Pecos Eagle girls on Tuesday, in their season opener against the Crane Golden Cranes.

The Eagles were only outscored by one point from the foul line, despite taking eight fewer shots from the line than the Cranes, but fouled out three players, including their two leading scorers, in a 61-46 loss to Crane.

The Cranes jumped out to a 15-7 lead after one period, while the Eagles were able to keep the margin in that area for the next two periods, before Crane pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Jessica Rodriguez and Leslie Rodriguez were two of the three Eagles who fouled out, after scoring 11 and eight points respectively in the game. Christina Arenivas (four points) was the other Eagle to foul out in the game, while the Cranes managed to keep all of their players in the game until the finish.

Ashley Clark led all scorers with 14 points for Crane and Destri Schul also was in double figures with 12, while Kathy Frymira added 11 and Azuznua Rodriguez put in 10. The Cranes struggled from the foul line on Tuesday, going 13-for-33, while the Eagles had their problems as well from the line, but shot a little better, hitting 12 of 25 shots in the game.

Crane also won Tuesday's junior varsity game, by a 38-17 final score. The Eagles are off for the rest of the week, before playing their home opener next Monday against the Presidio Blue Devils.

PECOS (46)
J. Rodriguez 3 5-7 11; Terry 4 3-7 10; L. Rodriguez 3 2-5  8; Martinez 3 1-1 7; Herrera 2 3-4 0; Arenivas 2 0-1  4; Maldonado 0 0-0 0; Medrano 0 0-0 0; Wein 0 0-0 0;  Natividad 0 0-0 0; Lobstein 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 12-25 46.

CRANE (61)
Clark 5 4-7 14; Schul 5 2-5 12; Frymira 5 1-3 11;  Rodriguez 4 2-7 10; Nelson 2 3-5 7; Garcia 2 0-0 4; Martin 1 1-3  3; Gonzalez 0 0-2 0; Clifton 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 13-33 61.

Pecos 7 15 7 17 —46

Crane 15 15 9 22 —61

Three-point goals: None. Fouled out: Pecos, J. Rodriguez, L. Rodriguez, Arenivas. Total fouls: Pecos 28, Crane 23.

Numbers against Eagles in opening loss to Loboes

Staff Writer

Considering the missing players, missing points and extra unwanted  foul they were dealing with Tuesday night, Pecos Eagles' coach Tino Acosta  was pretty happy with his teams results, despite a season-opening 61-55  loss in Monahans to the Loboes.

With the football playoffs this Friday, the Eagles were in the rare position of being the shorthanded team on Tuesday while Monahans, whose football season ended last Friday, was at full strength. And problems with sloppy ball-handling and a lack of scoring off set plays in the first half put Pecos in a 13-point hole at halftime.

But the Eagles were able to narrow that gap to as little as two points in the final period, before Monahans used a couple of fast-break baskets off missed Pecos shots in the closing minutes to pull away for the win.

"We came into the game shorthanded and fought, and I feel like we're going to see some really good things from these kids," said coach Tino Acosta, whose team played a much more controlled game in the second half, after getting most of their first half points off steals and rebound shots.

But Monahans was also getting points off steals and rebound, and the Loboes also were able to put together a string of points off their set offense in the second period, which allowed them to turn an 18-17 lead into a 32-19 halftime advantage …

… actually 32-21, but the Monahans scorer and scoreboard operator failed to credit Jose Reyes with a basket in the second period, when he was fouled on a lane jumper by the Loboes' Ronnie Robledo. The score was 28-17 at that point and stayed there after Reyes missed his free throw following the basket and foul.

Acosta was more upset, though, with a call in the third period that fouled forward Isaiah Armendariz out of the game. The junior had just hit a pair of lay-ups to cut the Loboes' lead to 37-31, when he was whistled for his fourth foul for running into Daniel Geddes trying for a steal. But before Acosta could remove him from the game, Armendariz was whistled for his fifth foul 13 seconds later, on a play involving almost no contact with Noah Miles over an attempted steal by the Monahans' player.

"They were both going for the ball and he calls a foul," said Acosta. "All I can really say is both sides were rusty tonight and so were the refs."

The play cost the Eagles some momentum, and Monahans got their lead back up to nine before Jason Sanchez hit a lay-up to cut the gap back to 40-33.

Sanchez, who led Pecos with 18 points, sparked Pecos' fourth quarter rally, starting the period with a lay-up and then hitting a high-bouncing 3-point shot a few minutes later to narrow the lead to 49-45. Jaime Gomez then hit a lay-up to make it 49-47 after Robledo missed a wide-open lay-up, but he then came back to score on his next attempt to stop Pecos' streak.

A pair of baskets by Dee Porras, who led Monahans with 18 points, got the lead back up to 55-47 before the Eagles made one final run. A jumper by Ezra Varela and a steal and lay-up by Sanchez made it 51-49 with 2:15 to play, and it was 57-53 with under 90 seconds left when Varela missed on a lay-up in traffic and the Loboes rebounded, and then found Marc Fuentes downcourt for a lay-up with under 40 seconds to play, which sealed the victory.

"At the start of the game we were so full of adrenaline it was hard for us to slow down, but once we got into the flow of the game I thought we ran a pretty good halfcourt offense," Acosta said.

Varela and Gomez also were in double figures for Pecos with 10 points, while Robledo scored 10 for Monahans, mostly during the Loboes' second quarter run, before fouling out with 1:44 to play.

The Eagles will stay on the road for their next game, a 1 p.m. start on Saturday in Fort Stockton against the Panthers. Pecos' junior varsity and freshmen teams will also play on Saturday in Fort Stockton, starting at 11:30 a.m.

The JV began their season Tuesday night with a 61-43 loss to Monahans. Jorge Aguilar led the Eagles with 14 points.

PECOS (55)
Armendariz 2 0-0 4; Gomez 5 0-0 10; Varela 5 0-0  10; Pendleton 2 0-0 4; Saldana 2 0-0 4; Sanchez 8 1-2  18; Reyes 1 0-0 3; Mora 0 0-1 0; Lara 1 0-0 2. Totals 26  1-4 55.

Niles 1 4-4 6; Barron 1 2-2 4; D. Geddis 2 0-0 6;  Porras 9 0-0 18; Robledo 5 0-0 10; Robison 0 0-0 0; N.  Geddis 3 0-3 6; Juarez 0 0-0 0; Fuentes 3 1-2 7; Myers 2 1-2  5; Aldrete 0 0-0 0; Balderez 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 8-13 61.

Pecos 8 11 18 18 — 55

Monahans 9 23 12 17 — 61

Three-point goals: Pecos 2 (Reyes, Sanchez), Monahans 3 (D. Geddis 2, Barron). Fouled out: Pecos, Armendariz. Monahans, Robledo. Total fouls: Pecos 17, Monahans 13.

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