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Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Eagles hosting Mustangs in 2002-03 hoop opener

Staff Writer

The 2002-03 season opens tonight for the Pecos Eagles' boys  basketball team, while the season will start two days later than planned for  Pecos' girls team, as their schedule game tonight against the Crane  Golden Cranes has been cancelled.

The boys will start their season at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Pecos High School gym against the Andrews Mustangs, following the opening game of the season for the Eagles' freshmen, at 6 p.m. against Andrews.

The Eagles have a new coach this season in Joe Flores, but return most of their players from a year ago, when Pecos finished with a 4-23 record, 1-7 in District 2-4A. That included two losses to Andrews, 59-38 in Pecos and 56-37 on the Mustangs' home court.

"I'll start out with Isaiah (Armendariz) and Justin Lara as my 1-2 (posts), Genaro Mendoza will be my point guard and Jose Reyes and Oscar (Parada) will be my 2-3 guys (forwards), but I'm going to bring all of the guys in and mix it up somewhat," Flores said. "Basically for the first two or three games I'm going to throw people in in different situations. Hopefully by the holidays we'll have a set routine."

Of the five, only Armendariz and Lara have been out for basketball prior to this past Saturday. The others were all in football until then, as were four other returning players, post Joey Ortega, forwards John Parent and Jason Sanchez and guard Bino Barreno.

"The football guys, especially in defensive slide drills are as slow as turtles right now," said Flores. "They're a little bit out of shape, but most of them are athletes, and they'll be able to get in shape quickly."

Ortega was the Eagles' leading scorer last year, averaging about 10.5 points per game, as the team struggled with point production throughout the season. Pecos' main problems last season were handling full-court pressure from opposing teams and hitting shots from the outside to open up the defense.

Barreno was brought up in midseason to play point guard and Mendoza will be handling the spot for the first time tonight on the varsity, against an Andrews team that used turnovers created by their full-court press to jump out to a 19-2 first quarter lead over the Eagles a year ago in their victory in Pecos.

The Mustangs were able to make the Class 4A playoffs in football this past Friday with a win over Big Spring, but Flores said while that may cost them a few players for tonight's basketball opener, "They have more players out who just play straight basketball."

Tonight's game is the first of two at home this week for the Eagles against former district rivals. On Friday night, they'll host San Elizario, who beat Pecos once in Andrews last season during tournament play and then once more in District 2-4A play on the way to the Class 4A playoffs.

Pecos' girls had been scheduled to start their season at 6 p.m. tonight against Crane, but coach Veronica Valenzuela said the Golden Crane's Class 2A area round volleyball victory over Sanford-Fritch this past Saturday led to the cancellation of tonight's basketball opener. At the same time, the Eagles' game Friday night in Alpine has been moved up a day to Thursday to avoid a conflict with the Bucks' Class 2A football playoff game against Reagan County on Friday.

Valenzuela did say the Eagles' freshman team would begin their season as scheduled this afternoon, at home against the Monahans Loboettes. That game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., prior to the Pecos-Andrews ninth grade game.

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