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Monday, December 9, 2002

Eagles fall to Tornadoes after beating Blue Devils

Good starts haven't been a problem for the Pecos Eagles through the first three weeks of the 2002-03 boys basketball season. Good finishes, on the other hand, have been kind of iffy.

The Eagles avoided a bad finish on Friday in the consolation semifinals of the Gym Bice Tournament in Andrews, holding off District 4-3A rival Presidio, 53-48 after losing an 18-point lead against the Blue Devils. But in the consolation finals on Saturday against Lamesa the Eagles saw the Tornadoes pull away at the finish, outscoring the Eagles by 11 points in the last 90 seconds of play for a 69-50 victory.

Coach Joe Flores said the Eagles turned the ball over three times at the end of Saturday's game, leading to easy Lamesa baskets, part of a 23 turnover game for Pecos. "That was part of the reason we lost the game, plus we put them on the line way too much. That's what made the score look so ugly, because it was really close until the end of the fourth quarter."

The loss was similar to Thursday's opening round loss to Snyder in Andrews, when Pecos held an eight-point lead in the third quarter, but ended up losing, 58-48. "We didn't shoot the ball well down the stretch, and I had three players foul out," Flores said. "Most of the fouls were stupid fouls. Right now, we're just hurting ourselves _ it's not so much what other teams are doing to us, it's what we're doing to ourselves.

Isaiah Armendariz scored 12 points while Jose Reyes and John Parent added 10 for the Eagles in the game. Channing Wesson led all scores with 18 points for Lamesa, while Chris Sambrano scored 13 and Joseph Hill 12 for the Tors, who lost their opener to Pecos' former district rival Fabens, then defeated Andrews' junior varsity in their consolation semifinal game.

In the Eagles' game against Presidio, guard Bino Barreno scored eight points in Pecos' 20-point first period and then had seven points in the fourth quarter, when the Eagles were able to regroup after letting the Blue Devils come back.

"We got off to a 20-2 run in the first quarter, but then I guess it happens to a team that we just got lazy and let them slowly fight their way back into the game," Flores said. "The good thing that came out of that game was we fought off adversity when Presidio came back and tied the ballgame up late in the fourth period we were able to hold them off. That showed positive for our team."

Barreno ended up with 15 points to lead Pecos, while Jesse Flores finished with 18 for Presidio.

The 1-2 weekend in Andrews was still a step up from last season, when Pecos went 0-4 in the Gym Bice Tournament, and leaves the Eagles with a 3-4 season record going into Tuesday's rematch with Snyder, part of a busy week for the Eagles. They'll follow that up with an 8:30 a.m. game on Thursday to start off the Monahans Sandhills Tournament.

Pecos' girls were off this weekend, but will resume play on Tuesday against Alpine. The girls will play at 6 p.m. at the Pecos High School gym, followed by the boys' game against Snyder at 7:30 p.m.

Greenwood reaches 3A semifinal,

Sanderson in six-man title game

The Greenwood Rangers and Sanderson Eagles _ champions of the districts for the Pecos Eagles and Balmorhea Bears this season — stayed undefeated and in the state football playoffs this past weekend, with Sanderson moving within one step of the six-man state title while Greenwood moved within two of the Class 3A-Division II championship following wins in rematches of games earlier in the season.

Greenwood, which won at home in September by six points over Sweetwater, did it again on Saturday afternoon in Lubbock, but in a much higher scoring game. The Rangers improved to 14-0 with their 34-28 win over the Mustangs, giving them the Region I title and sending them into a 4 p.m. game this coming Saturday against Region II champion Daingerfield in Coppell, near Dallas.

Brian Zachry ran 53 yards for one score and caught a 51 yard pass from Dawson Wilbur for another score in the first period, as the Rangers built a 14-0 lead. Sweetwater would regroup and tie the game just before halftime only to have Greenwood regain the lead on another long play, a 71-yard run by Jeremy Audis.

Wilbur would score the Rangers' last two TDs, on runs of one and 51 yards, but needed a recovery of a bad pitch by Sweetwater quarterback Mychael Carrillo with 20 seconds to play to clinch the victory. Carrillo had three touchdown runs and threw to Racelyn Tereny for the final score for Sweetwater, which ended it's season with a 10-4 record, including their 13-6 loss to Greenwood in September.

Sanderson, is also 14-0 and will face Calvert in the state six-man title game at 4 p.m. Saturday in San Angelo. The Mustangs, who won at Sands in September, 50-40, had a far easier time in Big Lake on Friday, winning 58-16. The Eagles scored three times in the second period after jumping out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter, then added four more touchdowns in the final two quarters.

Steven Fuentes had touchdown runs of eight, 47 and 60 yards for Sanderson, which will try to become the first District 6-A six man team to win the state title since Fort Hancock in 1991. The win makes them the first district team to reach the state finals since Dell City in 1993.

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