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Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Pecos seeking hoop victories in Greenwood

The second half of District 4-3A play begins tonight for the Pecos Eagles opens tonight in Greenwood, against the second-ranked Rangers. Meanwhile, Pecos' girls will play their next-to-last road game of the 2003-04 basketball season against the Rangerettes, as both Eagle teams seek their second wins in district play.

With a 1-4 record and going up against the 5-0 Rangers, who are ranked only behind Kountze in this week's Class 3A boys basketball poll, the Eagles would seem to be in need of a win tonight in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. But Pecos still has a shot at post-season win or lose tonight - so long as neither Monahans (3-2) nor Presidio (2-3) pulls an upset win over Greenwood or second-place Kermit along the way.

Greenwood ran all over Pecos after the opening minutes of their game in Pecos last month, beating the Eagles by a 70-27 score. Oscar Parada was the only Eagle in double figures, finishing with 13 points, while the Rangers had three players in double figures, led by Jimmy Brooks' 17 points. Parada and Victor Reyes had 19 apiece on Friday, in Pecos' 56-51 overtime victory against Fort Stockton.

"We're going to go down there and give them heck," said Eagles' coach Joe Flores, who added even with a loss tonight, "I really think that when we beat Presidio on Friday we'll be in position to make the playoffs."

Pecos' girls saw their last shot at the playoffs ended at home on Friday with a 58-39 loss to Fort Stockton. The Eagles fell behind big early against the Prowlers and then played even the rest of the way, which was the case in their first meeting against Greenwood. The Rangerettes led 16-0 after one period, then were able to hold off Pecos late for a 44-29 win, after the Eagles cut the lead to 33-25 early in the final period.

Leslie Rodriguez, who had 23 points in Friday's loss, led Pecos that night with 13, while Candace Johannsen had nine points to lead a balanced Greenwood attack.

The Eagles are 1-7 in district going into tonight's game, while Greenwood stands 4-3 and is tied with Fort Stockton for the third and final playoff spot in District 4-3A.

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