Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, November 29, 2001
Eagles begin tourney play with Andrews
The Pecos Eagles will be playing two teams they've already played, one
team they'll be playing two more times, and one team they've never faced
starting today, when they compete in the Andrews Invitational Tournament.
The Eagle boys will face the host Mustangs for the second time in nine
days at 4 p.m. today, then will face Fort Stockton Friday evening and San
Elizario and Clyde on Saturday. Times for the last three games in the round-robin
tournament have not been announced.
The cold and snow that hit the area on Tuesday let up just in time for
the Eagles to make the trip to Andrews this afternoon to face the Mustangs,
who beat them in their last game on Nov. 20, 59-38 at the Pecos High School
gym. The Mustangs missed only two shots in the first period while jumping
out to a 19-2 lead, then stopped a third quarter Pecos comeback attempt when
Sidney Hooper hit the last of his five 3-point baskets in a span of three
seconds, turning an 11-point lead back into a 17-point advantage.
Hooper finished with 27 points while Richard Rodriguez scored 13 for the
Eagles, who are 0-4 on the season.
That was also the first game of the season for Rodriguez and several other
Pecos players off the varsity football team. Their second was supposed to
have been in Alpine on Tuesday, but the Bucks cancelled out because too many
of their players were still in football, with Alpine scheduled to face Kennedale
on Friday in San Angelo.
"We practiced Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and actually I think not
going to Alpine was a blessing in disguise, because it gave our kids a chance
to get to know each other better," said Tino Acosta.
Andrews is still without their football players, with their playoff game
against Southlake Carroll set for Saturday in Abilene. That was originally
supposed to cut the Andrews Tournament to a two-day event, but Acosta said,
"They pushed the starting time for their game against Southlake Carroll back,
so it's going to go on as scheduled. We'll play one game today, one on Friday
and two on Saturday."
On Friday the Eagles will face Fort Stockton, who they lost to on the
Panthers' home court on Nov. 17, 86-53. Despite the final score, that game
was closer than the loss to Andrews, as the Panthers used a 28-6 third quarter
to break the game open, after leading 38-31 at halftime. B.J. Gonzales hit
five 3-pointers and led Fort Stockton with 23 points.
The team the Eagles will face twice more this season is San Elizario,
when District 2-4A play opens in January. San Eli is expected to battle with
Fabens and Clint for the district title and beat both the Eagles and Mustangs
last season. On Tuesday, San Eli led Parkland, the No. 1 ranked Class 4A
team in El Paso, by one point at halftime, only to lost, 72-54. Jose Arellano
led San Eli with 13 points.
Pecos' girls are off today, but will travel to Presidio to face the Blue
Devils on Friday. The Eagles' first tournament is next weekend in Monahans.
Youth basketball skills registration deadline nearing
The deadline is next week to register for the Reeves County Community
Sports and Recreation Department's pre-season youth basketball fundamentals
program, while sign-ups for the boys and girls basketball league runs now
through Jan. 5.
Registration for the league and for the fundamentals program is open to
children starting at the age of 4½ and continuing through boys and
girls currently in sixth grade. Those parents who also want to sign their
children up for the fundamentals program need to submit their registration
forms by next Saturday, Dec. 8, according to recreation department director
Forms are available at the RCCRD office at the old Pecos High School gym,
and entry fee is $10 per child, with a birth certificate and signatures from
both parents required for registration. For further information, call the
RCCRD office at 447-9776.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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