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Wednesday, January 6, 1999

Pecos outshot from outside by Greenwood

PECOS, Jan. 6 -- In a battle of 3-point shots, the Pecos
Eagles came up one short Tuesday night, as they dropped a
61-58 game in overtime in Midland to the Greenwood Rangers.

Pecos' second overtime loss in eight days came after Josh
Gilliam hit the last of his five 3-pointers in the extra
period, and the seventh of the night for the Rangers.

"In overtime they hit the 3 and we came down and they called
a traveling call on Oscar (Luna)," Eagles' coach Mike Sadler
said. "We fouled them and they missed the front end of a
1-and-1 and we had a chance to tie, but Oscar fumbled the
ball away and that was it."

The two late turnovers spoiled a season-high 25 point effort
by Luna, which included four of Pecos' six 3-pointers and 18
points in the second half.

"That was a career high for Oscar," Sadler said. "He went on
a roll and hit about five shots in a row at a crucial time,
when we were down by about five points."

Luna had all but two of Pecos' 11 points in the third
period, when the Rangers took a 38-37 lead trailing by as
much as 13 in the first half. He the hit a trio of 3s in the
final period, when the Eagles rallied from five down to
regain the lead.

Fernando Navarette finished with 16 for Pecos, including a
pair of foul shots with 28 seconds left in regulation that
gave the Eagles a 52-50 lead. But the Rangers were able to
tie the score a few moments later, and Gilliam scored six of
his 20 points in the overtime period.

Mark Marquez was also in double figures for Pecos with 10,
while Derek Gash was next in scoring for Greenwood (9-12)
with 12 points, as Sadler said the Rangers did a better job
inside on Tuesday than the Eagles.

"We got mashed on the backboards. We lost a lot of
rebounds," the Eagles' coach said, adding that he hoped the
addition of post Saul Garcia to the lineup would help Pecos'
inside game when District 2-4A play begins next week.

"It was good high school basketball game. We just came out
on the low end of the totem pole," said Sadler, whose team
fell to 8-10 on the season going into their final
pre-district game, on Friday against Fort Stockton. Sadler
said only the varsity will face the Panthers, while the
junior varsity and freshmen teams will host Fort Stockton
next Tuesday.

The Rangers also won Tuesday's junior varsity game, by a
50-46 final score.

PECOS (58)
Perea 1 2-2 5; Luna 9 3-5 27; A. Garcia 0 0-0 0; Navarette 6
3-3 16; H. Garcia 1 0-2 2; Marquez 4 2-3 10; Orona 0 0-0 0.
Totals 21 10-15 59.

Gilliam 7 1-3 20; Pallanez 1 2-2 4; Odom 3 3-4 10;
Synatschik 2 2-4 7; Himbury 3 0-0 6; Stringer 1 0-0 2; Gasch
5 2-5 12; Womack 0 0-0 0; Davis 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 10-18 61.

Pecos 15 11 11 15 6 --58
Greenwood 7 13 18 14 9 --61
Three-point goals: Pecos 6 (Luna 4, Navarette, Perea),
Greenwood 7 (Gilliam 5, Odom, Synatschik). Fouled out:
Pecos, H. Garcia. Total fouls: Pecos 17, Greenwood 13.

Eagles struggle in final pre-district game

Staff Writer
PECOS, Jan. 6 -- Lots of steals and lots of second-chance
baskets by the Andrews Mustangs Tuesday night means the
Pecos Eagles have lots of work to do before their District
2-4A opener on Friday in El Paso.

The Eagles had trouble both with the Andrews Mustangs'
full-court press and in limiting Andrews to just one shot
each time downcourt, as the Mustangs used a 14-0 run in the
first period to jump out to an early lead on the way to a
59-35 victory at the Pecos High School gym.

"We hesitate. When we see the open man we have a little bit
of hesitation and by the time we throw the ball the defense
has that person covered," said Eagles' coach Brian Williams
about Pecos' turnover problems. "It's something we can get
after and improve on, but our kids have got to be willing to
work on it."

Pecos got the game's first points, on a Lindsey Hathorn
jumper, but the taller Mustangs then scored the next 14 in a
row, eight of those rebound lay-ups by Erin Graham and Jaci
Tharp. The Eagles finally broke that streak with a Cherry
Garcia lay-up, but left the first period trailing by a 16-6

The second period went about the same for Pecos. Brittoni
Reynolds had eight of her game-high 16 points in the
quarter, and the Mustangs widened their lead to as much as
21 points just before halftime.

Shaye Lara hit a pair of foul shots with under a second to
play to make the score 31-12, and after scoring just four
points in the first half, put in 11 in the final two periods
to lead the Eagles with 15 points.

That helped keep Pecos even with Andrews through the final
two periods, though the Eagles were never able to get closer
to within 20 points in the final quarters. Williams rotated
his first as second units through most of the game, as the
Mustangs took advantage of the second team's turnovers late
in the game to grab their biggest lead, at 57-29, before the
Eagles cut that gap back in the final seconds on baskets by
Lara and Hathorn.

Hathorn also added two foul shots, and Pecos did finish
9-for-11 from the line," which Williams called "a bright
spot," going into Friday's district opener at El Paso
Mountain View. The loss dropped Pecos to 3-15 on the season,
while Andrews improved to 5-14 overall.

Andrews also won Tuesday's junior varsity game by a 53-29
score. Kalyn Lara led the JV with 11 points.

Carrasco 0 1-2 1; DelHierio 1 2-4 4; Robbins 2 0-0 4;
Reynolds 7 2-5 16; Tharp 4 0-0 8; Martinez 3 3-6 9; Hunter 0
2-4 2; Gulley 2 1-2 5; Curry 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 13-30 59.

PECOS (35)
Lara 5 5-7 15; Marquez 1 0-0 2; Garcia 1 0-0 2; Payne 0 0-0
0; Molinar 0 0-0 0; Quiroz 0 0-0 0; Salcido 0 0-0 0; Levario
1 2-2 4; Hathorn 3 2-2 8; Fobbs 2 0-0 4. Totals 13 9-11 35.

Andrews 16 15 14 14 --59
Pecos 6 6 11 12 --35
Three-point goals: None. Fouled out: None. Total fouls:
Andrews 16, Pecos 21.

Voters send Ryan, Brett, Yount to Hall

AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK, Jan. 6 -- The Hall of Fame hit a rare triple in
this at-bat -- Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount are
all headed to Cooperstown.

For the first time since the Babe himself was chosen, three
first-time candidates were elected Tuesday to the baseball

And what a class it is!

Ryan, the greatest power pitcher ever. Brett, the gamer who
almost hit .400. Yount, an MVP at shortstop and center

``I think it's the final chapter of my career,'' said Ryan,
who came within one vote of setting the record for the
highest percentage. ``From an individual standpoint for a
player, it's the highest honor.''

This was one of the most eagerly awaited elections in Hall
history, and coming off a thrilling 1998 season, the first
big business of 1999 was equally exciting. But the totals
were a bit surprising -- in the last 44 elections, only four
times have three players been voted in.

And this, too: Since Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson,
Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson were selected in the
original election of 1936, only 29 players have been taken
in their first year of eligibility, yet never more than two
at once -- until now.

``To be in this class, it's very difficult to imagine being
in the same breath as those people,'' Yount said.

Famed for a fastball that led to 5,714 strikeouts and seven
no-hitters in 27 seasons, the Ryan Express once again almost
clocked 100.

Ryan was named on 98.79 percent of the ballots -- nearly
beating former teammate Tom Seaver's 98.84 in 1992 for the
highest total in history.

``It's certainly an honor that I was thought of on that
level,'' Ryan said. ``Tom was obviously one of the best
pitchers I ever saw throw the baseball.''

Brett, 13th on the career hits list with 3,154, made it
with 98.19 percent, the fourth-highest total. Yount, with
3,142 hits and two AL MVP awards, was elected with 77.46

``Obviously, I was very, very pleased,'' Brett said. ``But
in all honesty, I was just as pleased for Robin.''

``Of all the guys I played against,'' he said on a
conference call, his voice cracking, ``probably Robin is the
guy I enjoyed playing against the most.''

Said Yount: ``If there was one player I ever wanted to be
like, it was George Brett.''

For election, players had to be placed on 75 percent of the
ballots cast by 10-year members of the Baseball Writers'
Association of America. There were a record 497 ballots cast
-- Ryan was named on a record 491, Brett 488 and Yount 385.

Carlton Fisk, another first-time candidate, fell 43 votes
shy of the required 373 with 66.40 percent. Tony Perez
missed in his eighth try with 302 (60.76 percent).

Induction ceremonies at Cooperstown are scheduled for July
25. The Hall of Fame exhibition will be the next day, and it
seems fitting that Ryan's Texas Rangers will take on Brett's
Kansas City Royals.

Ryan has visited the Hall twice during his playing days.
Brett played in the Hall game once in upstate New York, but
did not tour the museum.

``I know it's a beautiful little city,'' Brett said.

The Hall's membership of 240 probably will increase again
on March 2 when the Veterans Committee votes in Tampa, Fla.
Former manager Dick Williams, Bill Mazeroski, Orlando Cepeda
and Dom DiMaggio figure to draw support.

The last time
two first-timers were taken was 1990 when Jim Palmer and Joe
Morgan made it. Mike Schmidt was the previous rookie
candidate picked in 1995.

The last time the BBWAA voted in three players at all was
1991 -- Rod Carew, Ferguson Jenkins and Gaylord Perry.
Overall, the BBWAA had voted in only a total of three
players in the last four years.

Ryan held or shared 53 major league records when he retired
in 1993 at age 46.

Despite never winning a Cy Young Award, Ryan went 324-292
for the New York Mets, California, Houston and Texas, tying
him with Don Sutton for 12th in victories. He said his Hall
plaque would likely depict him in a Rangers hat.

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