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Pecos boys to meet Cimarron in Tri-City conso final

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By Richard Tripp

The Pecos Panthers are scheduled to meet Cimarron today at 4 for the consolation championship of the Tri-City Tournament.

A 24-12 third quarter sent Pecos into the loser’s bracket of the Tri-City Friday against Peñasco in a 53-50 loss.

“They came out intense in the third quarter,” said Panther head coach Clyde Sanchez. “We didn’t respond to their halftime adjustments. We actually gave it away.”

Things looked good for the Panthers early on as they took a 14-9 lead after the first period and held a 24-18 lead at intermission. The Panthers also outscored Peñasco 14-11 in the final period, but one quarter did the Panthers in, as did a season-high 15 turnovers and a 12-for-24 night at the free-throw line.

Tim Baca led the Panthers with 19 points, Joseph Gonzales added 11 and Ricardo Ortiz had 10.

In the second round, the Panthers bounced back from their opening-game setback, to defeat Fort Sumner 70-59. The Panthers led 29-22 at the half and then Baca scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter, as the Panthers took a 52-38 lead into the final stanza. Darren Villanueva drained a pair of threes in the final period and ended the night with 14 points. Gonzales chipped in with 14 points.

Other games today include McCurdy and Fort Sumner playing in the seventh place game while Mora and Escalante playing for third place. The championship game will have Santa Rosa taking on Peñasco.