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Thursday, December 5, 2002

Eagles take on Tigers in Andrews tourney opener

Weak teams usually get the honor of being the opening round opponent of the host team in most tournaments. Going by that, the Pecos Eagles are stronger than they were a year ago … at least in the opinion of the Andrews Mustangs.

Andrews, which set itself up against Pecos last year in the opening round of the Gym Bice Memorial Tournament, will let the Snyder Tigers take on Pecos in the first round this season, in what could be a potential bi-district playoff preview, depending on the outcome of the Eagles season in District 4-3A and the Tigers' results in District 3-3A.

Pecos' boys face Snyder at 5:30 p.m., looking to improve on their results at last year's Andrews Tournament, where they were beaten by the host Mustangs in the opening round, then lost to Fort Stockton, Clyde and San Elizario.

The Eagles lost their season opener to Andrews at home last month, then defeated Van Horn and Alpine before running into Midland High on Tuesday. The Bulldogs, ranked 12th in this week's Class 5A state basketball poll, ran away from the Eagles in the first half and ended up with an 88-38 victory.

Senior post Isaiah Armendariz ended up scoring half of Pecos' points in the game, finishing with 19, his high point total so far this season. No other Eagle had more than five, though Pecos did hit 11 of their 14 foul shots, after going 23-for-59 in their first three games.

However, coach Joe Flores said poor shooting from the field, including several uncontested missed shots from inside of 10 feet, helped Midland High get their fast break game going on Tuesday and allowed the Bulldogs to race out to a 34-7 first quarter lead.

Despite that, Flores said, "We got a lot of positives out of the game. We know what we need to work on and the level of play we need to be at when we face teams like Snyder," he said. "It's going to help us in the tournament this week."

The Tigers also lost to a Class 5A opponent on Tuesday. Playing at home, Snyder rallied from a 27-24 halftime deficit to grab a 43-40 lead on Lubbock High after three periods, only to see the Westerners stage their own comeback in the final period for a 58-48 win. The Tigers were led in scoring by 6-foot-2 post Josh Mendoza, with 13 points.

This will be the first of two meetings in a span of five days for the Eagles against their former District 4-4A rivals. Pecos will host Snyder next Tuesday at the Pecos High School gym, as part of a doubleheader with the Eagle girls, who'll host Alpine on Tuesday night.

The girls defeated Van Horn on Tuesday and are off this weekend, though both the junior varsity and freshman girls, along with the JV and ninth grade boys, are involved in tournaments of their own this weekend.

The boys teams will be in the Fort Stockton JV Tournament today through Saturday, while the girls will host their own tournament on Friday and Saturday at the PHS gym. The ninth graders will take on Van Horn at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, while the JV will face Presidio in a 6:30 p.m. contest.

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