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Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Eagles down Tors in OT, lose quarterfinal to Cubs

The Pecos Eagles basketball team did something Monday afternoon they hadn't done in over 20 years - they beat the Lamesa Golden Tornadoes on the Tors' home court.

But after pulling out a 46-41 win in overtime Monday afternoon in the opening round of the Lamesa Holiday Tournament, the Eagles were unable to come up with a second win of the day, losing to the Brownfield Cubs, 54-46 Monday night, in a quarterfinal round match-up.

The loss dropped Pecos into a 2:30 p.m. game today against Slaton, in the consolation round of the three-day tournament. Coach Joe Flores said the Eagles had to win in order to advance in the tournament's consolation finals on Wednesday.

Oscar Parada scored 25 points against Lamesa, and the Eagles survived losing a lead to the Tors in the fourth quarter, rallying to tie the game in the closing minutes to force overtime.

"We actually had the lead for most of the game, but then they got ahead by about four points with a few minutes to play," Flores said. In the overtime, he said the Eagles were able to get a quick five-point lead and held on to advance to the quarterfinals against Brownfield.

"We played really good defense against Lamesa, but that kind of tired us out against Brownfield," Flores said. He added that guard Victor Reyes suffered a pulled groin muscle, which also hurt the Eagles in their loss to the Cubs.

"It was all us. We had 28 turnovers, and more than half of those we just unforced types of turnovers where somebody would just throw it out of bounds," Flores said. "We were also so much slower than earlier today against Lamesa."

The Eagles' coach also said rebounding was a problem in both games, even though they were able to pull out a win in the opener. "Lamesa had 22 offensive rebounds against us, and Brownfield had 14 offensive rebounds against us. We not very tall, but we also were not blocking out like we should," he said.

Parada also led Pecos in scoring in their loss to the Cubs, but finished that game with only 10 points.

The split gave Pecos a 6-8 record going into today's game against Slaton. The Eagles can get their record back up to .500 with a win today and a victory on Wednesday in the consolation finals. Win or lose, Pecos will have one more game before the end of the holiday break, Saturday afternoon in Andrews.

Pecos' girls are off until Friday, after winning consolation 10 days ago at the Fort Davis Tournament. The Eagles will be in Crane on Friday, then finally get to play their home opener on Jan. 6, also against the Golden Cranes.

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