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Wednesday, December 3, 1997
Eagles beaten by Crane, Hobbs
PECOS, Dec. 3 -- The final score wasn't pretty in Hobbs for
the Pecos Eagle girls, while the score in Crane didn't go
the way Pecos' boys might have liked, but it was better than
what might have been expected before their game against the
The Eagles, who lost at home to the Cranes back on Nov. 21
by a 77-69 score, went into Tuesday's game without three of
their five starters from that game and fell behind early by
15 points. But Pecos rallied in the third quarter, cutting
the lead to 41-36, before a series of missed lay-ups late in
the third period and at the start of the fourth allowed the
Cranes to pull away for a 60-47 victory.
Up in Hobbs, Pecos' girls also missed a bunch of lay-ups,
while the host Eagles were making theirs in a big way, as
they downed Pecos by a 114-48 final score.
Coach Mike Sadler went into his game at Crane without the
team's two leading scorers, in Omar Hinojos and Jacob
Chavez. But the Eagles did get back Fabien Adame from his
eye injury for the first time this season, and the senior
ended up leading Pecos in scoring with 14 points.
"We did a good job considering we were without Omar, Hector
(Garcia), Jacob and Moses (Martinez), and I don't know when
Jason (Abila) will be back because of his cracked wrist,"
Sadler said. "But we still should have won the game. We
missed a lot of lay-ups, and we missed 13 free shots and
lost by 13. You can't do that and beat a good team like
Sadler was happy with the Eagles' defense, especially the
work of Fernando Navarrette and Orlando Matta on Crane's
Jamin Phipps. The 6-foot-5 post poured in 31 points in Pecos
two weeks ago, but was held to six this time, while running
into early foul trouble.
"I was real impressed with our defense. We were able to
hold him (Phipps) in check," Sadler said. "What we did was
double up with Orlando Matta behind Fernando and didn't let
Ben Shenkman had 12 points, while Justin Carrasco put in
13, most in the early going, when Crane took a quick 10
point lead and were ahead later by a 30-15 margin.
Along with Adame, 3-point shots by Oscar Luna and Matta
helped the Eagles' comeback, and lay-ups by Mark Marquez and
Navarrette kept Pecos close for a while. But Pecos went cold
in the final period, and Crane scored several times off
steals, to up a 43-38 lead to 52-38.
Matta was the other Eagle in double figures, with 10 points
for the Eagles, who are 3-2 on the season. Sadler was hoping
to get at least a couple of his players back for Friday,
when Pecos opens play in the Odessa Invitational Tournament
with a 1 p.m. game against El Paso Irvin.
Pecos' girls will open tournament play in Crane with an
8:30 a.m. game Thursday against Iraan, a team they'll be
glad to see after Tuesday's run-and-gun game against Hobbs
which left them with a 1-4 mark.
"They said that was the best girls team they've ever had,
and they beat Odessa High by 25 points and they beat a good
Lubbock Estacado team by 52," said Eagles' coach Brian
Williams, who did find some bright spots in the Eagles' loss.
"We were able to break their press. We did what we wanted
to, but we just missed a lot of lay-ups at the other end,"
Williams said. "Marisol (Arenivas) had her best game of the
The Eagles' point guard had 12 points, while Shea Lara put
in 18. But Hobbs' posts were able to dominate play inside,
as both Lori Marquez and Ivy Thorp wound up fouling out,
while they and Penny Armstrong were held to a combined six
"They're probably the toughest team we're going to face all
year," Williams said. "I think when the season's over, we're
going to look back and see this game helped us, because they
played a physical ballgame over there, and I think that's
the first time our girls realized you can play that tough
and not get called for fouls."
Hobbs also won Tuesday's junior varsity game, by an 86-40
score. Monique Levario led the Eagles with 19 points. Over
in Crane, the Eagles' JV downed the Cranes, 58-46, while
Pecos' freshmen dropped a 35-28 decision to Crane.
Tuesday at Crane
Adame 7 0-2 14; Navarrette 3 0-0 6; Luna 3 0-1 8; Marquez 4
0-2 8; Matta 4 1-3 10; Bryant 0 0-0 0; Marta 0 1-2 1; Perea
0 0-1 0; Barreno 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 2-11 47.
Carrasco 6 0-3 13; Brents 2 0-2 4; Shenkman 5 1-1 12; Lewis
1 1-2 3; Daveport 2 0-0 4; Bishop 2 0-0 4; Aranda 0 0-0 0;
Rives 4 1-1 10; Gross 2 0-0 4; Morrison 0 0-0 0; Phipps 2
2-4 6. Totals 26 5-15 60.
Three-point goals: Pecos 3 (Luna 2, Matta), Crane 3
(Carrasco, Shenkman, Rives). Fouled out: Pecos, Marquez.
Total fouls: Pecos 15, Crane 16.
Tuesday at Hobbs
Arenivas 5 2-2 12; Lara 6 6-8 18; A. Marquez 1 2-5 4;
Armstrong 1 0-0 2; Orona 0 0-0 0; Marquez 1 2-2 4; Bell 4
0-0 8; Thorp 0 0-4 0. Totals 18 12-21 48.
Chambers 3 0-0 6; Albus 1 1-2 3; Duckworth 2 1-4 5;
Youngblood 4 1-2 10; Bettis 3 2-3 8; Fidor 0 0-0 0;
Hutchings 3 0-0 6; Parks 4 1-2 9; Johnson 3 0-0 6; Wells 9
0-0 19; Francis 2 0-0 4; Forrest 8 3-6 19; Cleaver 2 2-2 6;
Smith 5 3-4 13. Totals 49 14-25 114.
Three-point goals: Hobbs 2 (Youngblood, Wells). Fouled out:
Pecos, L. Marquez, Thorp. Total fouls: Pecos 19, Hobbs 15.
Warriors impose ban on Sprewell
By DENNIS GEORGATOS
AP Sports Writer
OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 3 -- Bimbo Coles said he was shocked.
Donyell Marshall said he never saw an altercation quite like
it. General manager Garry St. Jean said the Golden State
Warriors are dealing with an angry young man.
The three were talking Tuesday about star guard Latrell
Sprewell's violent confrontation with coach P.J. Carlesimo.
The three-time All-Star has been suspended without pay for
at least 10 games after two altercations 15-20 minutes apart
at Monday's practice. During the episodes, Sprewell
reportedly threatened to ``kill'' Carlesimo, grabbed him by
the throat and landed a glancing punch to his neck.
``I've seen players go after coaches, but to actually get to
him, I'd never seen it go that far,'' Marshall said.
Coles said on both occasions, players witnessing the
scuffles pulled Sprewell away from Carlesimo.
``I was just kind of in shock,'' Coles said. ``It took me a
couple of looks to see what was happening because it's
something you rarely ever see. A couple of guys pulled him
off and he went out.''
A 10-game suspension would cost Sprewell about $940,000 in
salary, and he has been banished from the team's practices,
games and any other club events while the sanctions run
``He cannot go to practice, he cannot be at the facility,''
team spokesman Eric McDowell said. ``It's like a restraining
order in many ways.''
Ultimately, the team must decide what to do with Sprewell
and its options include trading him, patching things up
between player and coach, or possibly terminating the
four-year, $32 million he signed just two summers ago.
In a letter to Sprewell informing him of the suspension, the
team said it reserved the right to terminate his contract
under Section 16 of the Uniform Player Contract, which says
players must ``conform to standards of good citizenship and
good moral character'' and prohibits ``engaging in acts of
Sprewell was in Oakland on Tuesday and unavailable for
comment. His agent, Arn Tellem, did not return phone calls.
Carlesimo said the team has not heard from Sprewell.
``We're going to wait and see,'' he said. ``We're going to
reach out if we don't hear from him.''
The coach was evasive when asked if he could ever work with
``I can't know yet,'' Carlesimo said. ``Time will tell.
We'll see where we're going to go.''
Published accounts of the altercation described Sprewell as
Carlesimo had a three-inch scratch on his neck when he
appeared at a news conference Monday night to discuss
Sprewell's suspension, but he refused to say how he got the
Bay Area newspapers quoted team sources as saying Sprewell
attacked Carlesimo after the coach made a comment during a
shooting drill, and St. Jean confirmed those reports
The New York Post, citing sources at practice, said Sprewell
put a stranglehold on Carlesimo and quoted the player as
saying: ``I'm going to kill you. You better get me off this
team, or that's what I'm going to do.'' Several players and
assistant coaches separated the two.
Sprewell returned to the gym 20 minutes later, and landed a
glancing punch to the coach's head. After the second
altercation was broken up, Sprewell went to St. Jean's
office and found him speaking to Tellem. Sprewell grabbed
the phone and told Tellem to ``get me out of here today.''
``That was an angry person. He was upset. I'm not going to
hide it. He came up and vociferously expressed his
feelings,'' St. Jean said. ``We have guidelines that we live
under. Obviously they were stepped over.''
Rod Thorn, the NBA executive in charge of disciplinary
matters, said the incident was a team matter and that the
league would not comment until it learned more about it.
Bill Hunter, executive director of the players' union, said
his group also was investigating.
Gambling probe sacks 49ers' boss DeBartolo
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 3 (AP) -- Joe Montana gave way to Steve
Young. Bill Walsh was replaced by George Seifert.
Quarterbacks and coaches changed as the San Francisco 49ers
won five Super Bowls in 14 seasons.
There was one constant throughout that run of success --
Eddie DeBartolo, a generous but demanding owner who offered
his players first-class treatment and expected championships
Now DeBartolo is gone, too. He stepped down as owner
Tuesday to fight charges of gambling fraud that are expected
against him. His move came the same day two Louisiana
newspapers reported he soon will be indicted by a federal
The newspapers reported DeBartolo and former Louisiana Gov.
Edwin Edwards are among at least six people notified they
will be indicted by a grand jury in Baton Rouge, La.
``These charges simply are not true,'' DeBartolo said in a
statement released by the 49ers. ``I look forward to the
time when I can address these issues and tell my side of the
Pending the outcome of the investigation, DeBartolo said
his sister, Marie Denise DeBartolo York, will take over as
chairman of the 49ers, and Carmen Policy will continue as
president and chief executive officer.
Policy will continue to run the 49ers' day-to-day
operations and replace DeBartolo as the team's
representative to the NFL for league business.
DeBartolo also said he was stepping aside from any role in
the project to build a new stadium for the 49ers in San
Francisco, a campaign he led to narrow voter approval this
DeBartolo, who helped build his family's real estate
development firm based in Youngstown, Ohio, purchased the
49ers in 1977. His generosity to players helped lure some of
the league's top free agents -- such as sack specialist
Kevin Greene this season -- to San Francisco.
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