Pecos started off District 4-2A in grand style with an 81-54 win over Monte del Sol Tuesday night.
Tim Baca led the charge, scoring 17 of his game-high 33 points in the third period to break open a close game.
The Panthers and Dragons played to an 11-all tie in the first period. Pecos led 33-25 at intermission and then outscored the Dragons 29-7 in the third period.
Del Gonzales added 16 points and Joseph Gonzales chipped in with 10. Point guard Darren Villanueva distributed eight assists.
The Panthers, 12-9 and 1-0, will host district rival Mora Friday night in Pecos.
The Rangers were 7-13 going into Tuesday’s scheduled district opener with Santa Fe Prep.