PECOS PANTHERS HOPE TO MAKE ANOTHER RUN AT THE TITLE
When you think Pecos boys’ basketball, you think run and gun. “You know, we have a bunch of runners, you’ve always heard that, and that’s what we do, we run,” said head coach Arthur Gonzales.
The Panthers ran their way to the title game in five of the last six years. They’re off to a good start so far this season, reaching the title game of the Al Armendariz tournament last week. “Individually, we want to get better, but as a team also want to get better,” explained Gonzales. “Communication is always something we can improve on. 100 percent effort is always what we’re after. If we take care of the little things, the big things fall into place.”
Head coach Arthur Gonzales led Pecos to the state title game last season. This year’s roster includes 9 seniors. It could be someone different leading the team in scoring each game. “I really feel like every individual on our team has an opportunity to have their big game,” said the Panthers’ head coach. “The next day and next game it could be someone else.”
The Panthers might not be the biggest team on the court, but they’re quick and proud of it. “Northern New Mexico, we’ve always dealt with our size deficiencies, so it’s a run and gun type of thing and we take a lot of pride in that,” said Gonzales.
The Panthers (5-1) will host Escalante on Saturday and McCurdy on the 20th. Pecos will be playing in the Stu Clark Tournament later this month with an opening game against St. Michael’s on December 27th.