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Wednesday, December 1, 1999

Eagles crash in fourth quarter

PECOS, Dec. 1, 1999 -- The Pecos Eagles lost sight of the basket after halftime, lost their lead and lost their fourth straight game to start the season, Tuesday night in Crane against the Golden Cranes.

The Eagles, who led the Cranes 26-21 at halftime, scored just seven points over the next eight minutes and were tied after three periods at 33-all. But things got even worse in the final period, when the Eagles were outscored 22-4 and ended up losing by a 55-37 final score.

"We didn't execute, and I'll take the blame for that," said Eagles' coach Tino Acosta. "We just have to go in and work on it in practice."

Adrian Rayos was the only Pecos player in double figures, with 12 points. No other Eagle could score more than nine on the night. Crane meanwhile, had three players over 10 points, led by guard Hollywood Garcia's 16. The Cranes also went to the foul line 17 times in the final period, hitting nine shots.

"We started to get behind and we extended our press more to full court to try and get back in the game. But they made some good choices and made some easy passes to get lay-ups," Acosta said.

Crane ended up going to the foul line 18 more times than Pecos, but the Eagles did hit 7 of their 11 foul shots, an improvement over their earlier games. "It shows we can improve if we put our minds to it," Acosta said.

"I think our free throws are coming along, our defense is coming along and our transition game is coming along. No we really have to pick up in our half-court offense," he added.

The loss kept the Eagles winless going into their eight-day break, while Crane improved to 2-0 on the season. Pecos' next game won't be until Dec. 9, when they face Lubbock High in the first round of the Monahans Sandhills Tournament.

Crane also won Tuesday's junior varsity game, 36-29, and took the freshman game by a 31-22 score. Acosta said Joey Ortega led the freshman in scoring while freshman Jason Carrillo topped the JV's scoring.

PECOS (37)

Weidner 0 1-2 1; R. Rodriguez 2 0-0 4; Rayos 4 4-6 12; A. Garcia 2 0-0 5; Chavez 1 2-2 5; Tarin 1 0-0 2; H. Rodriguez 2 0-0 4; Terrazas 2 0-1 4; J. Garcia 0 0-0 0; Natividad 0 0-0 0; Salazar 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 7-11 37.

CRANE (55)

Carrasco 2 7-9 11; Garcia 6 3-5 16; Kv. Blackwood 1 0-0 2; Abbott 2 0-4 4; Kl. Blackwood 5 2-4 12; Boydston 0 1-2 1; Martin 3 3-5 9. Totals 18 16-29 55.

Pecos       10    16    7      4 - 37
Crane       11   10  12   22 - 55

Three-point goals: Pecos 2 (A. Garcia, Chavez), Crane 1 (Garcia). Technical fouls: Pecos, R. Rodriguez, A. Garcia. Fouled out: Pecos Rayos. Total fouls: Pecos 21, Crane 12.

Pecos girls' woes continue in road opener

PECOS, Dec. 1, 1999 -- A trip out of town didn't change the results for the Pecos Eagle girls basketball team any on Tuesday, as they fell to 0-5 on the season with a 91-41 loss at Crane.

"We seem like we're in a drought longer than the real one," coach Brian Williams said. "We need rain out here real bad, and we need points real bad."

The Eagles fell behind after one period by a 21-8 margin in their road opener, and Crane scored at least 20 points in every quarter of Tuesday's game. Pecos' ended up hitting 15 of their 48 shots, which was 20 percent better than in Saturday's loss to Andrews, but Williams said, "We took less shots last night because we had 50 turnovers."

"We were getting all the shot opportunites exactly where we want them. We'd have a fast break opportunity down the floor and we'd either throw a bad pass or fumble it out of bounds," Williams said.

Crane also went to the foul line 26 times more than Pecos did hitting 24 of their free throws to just two for the Eagles.

"I told the girls we can't worry about the officiating when we're not scoring with the chances we get," said Williams.

Five players for Crane scored in double figures, led by Lauren Abbott's 16 points. The Eagles were led by Dee Dee Molinar and Katrina Quiroz, both with 10 points.

"Dee Dee does a good job of getting into position. She picks up a lot of shot opportunities off rebounds," Williams said.

Crane improved to 4-1 on the season with their win, and also took Tuesday's junior varsity contest, 72-24, and won the freshman game by a 66-44 score. Tiana Terry has 12 and Stephanie Arreguy 11 to lead the ninth graders.

The Eagles are off until Dec. 9, when they face Monahans in the Loboes' Sandhills Tournament. The Eagles' JV and freshmen teams will be in action in their own tournament this weekend.

Bears varsities get split against Mustangs

Special Correspondent
BALMORHEA, Dec. 1, 1999 -- Four games were played Tuesday in the Balmorhea High School gymnasium, as the Bears kicked off their home season.

Balmorhea's varsity boys defeated the Marathon Mustangs by a 65 to 47 score. The Bears took the lead early in the game, with a 3-point shot made by Chris Barragan as the buzzer sounded the end of the third quarter put them ahead of the Mustangs by 23 points.

Manny Mendoza led Balmorhea's scoring, while Erik Estrada led the Mustangs. This win improved the Bears' record to 2-0 on the year.

Balmorhea's Lady Bears did not have the luck that the rest of Balmorhea's teams had as they were defeated 41 to 55 by Marathon, dropping their record for the season to 0-2.

Balmorhea made a big comeback in the fourth quarter as Terry Hernandez made plays, driving to the basket and drawing fouls every chance she had, but it was not enough. The top scorers in this game were Hernandez for the Bears and M. Martinez for the Mustangs.

Balmorhea also had a freshman and junior varsity team playing Tuesday against the Presidio Devils.

The Bear's JV took control over the Devils from the start with the first points scored by Doane Tarin of the Bears. Balmorhea used their speed in every aspect against the Devils and they won the fast-paced game, 61 to 49.

Jerry Mendoza led the Bears scoring 16 points, and Caballero and Saenz lead the Devils with 8 points each.

The Bears freshman began the day also with an easy win over Presidio. Balmorhea took control of the game and never looked back, as they held a 32 to 10 at the end of the half and ending up winning the game by a 59-25 score. The Bears had many fast breaks along with good passing skill while the Devils tried to hang on, but missed many wide-open shots.

The top scorers of the game were Usbaldo Baeza of the Bears with 20 points and Johnny Lopez of the Devils with 9 points.

Umps make `out' call on Phillips

AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 1999 - Richie Phillips' 21-year reign as head of baseball's umpires is over. Just like 22 members of his union, he's out of a job.

In a landslide vote, major league umpires formed a new union Tuesday that includes dissident AL umpires on its board.

The National Labor Relations Board announced the results of a mail ballot, with 57 umpires voting for the Major League Umpires Independent Organizing Committee and 35 voting to retain the Major League Umpires Association. One vote was voided because an umpire, whom the NLRB did not identify, signed the ballot, which must be secret.

"Today is a statement by all umpires that it's time for a change," said AL umpire John Hirschbeck, who helped lead the dissidents who overthrew Phillips. "We want a union that is run by umpires and advised by attorneys."

Under federal law, a majority determined the result of the election. Dan Silverman, director the NLRB's New York region, will certify the election as official unless an objection is filed by Dec. 7.

Phillips was in New York, but didn't go to the NLRB for the vote count and was not available for comment, according to his staff in Philadelphia. His side was represented by NL umpire Jerry Crawford, the union president, and lawyer Pat Campbell.

"The other union won. I'm upset," said Crawford, who added that it was likely Phillips' union would file objections.

Joel Smith, a lawyer for the dissidents, said the law allows objections to be filed by a party claiming there was illegal conduct that affected the outcome.

Hirschbeck said that if Phillips had attended, he would have told him: "It's time for us to move on. Thank you for what you've done for us in our careers. Now it's time for major league umpires to move in a new direction."

When the umpires splintered into factions in July, Phillips had the support of approximately 41 of the then-68 umpires. At least six of those umpires defected, more if any of the 25 newly hired umpires supported Phillips' union.

In the weeks leading up to the election, most AL umpires appeared to support the dissidents, who were organized by Hirschbeck, Joe Brinkman and Dave Phillips - who is not related to Richie Phillips. The dissidents accused Phillips of being autocratic and responsive only to the union board, heavily influenced by senior NL umpires.

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