HIDALGO — Hidalgo La Fiera beat the Monterrey Flash 7-1 in a contest that featured 41 penalty minutes Saturday night at State Farm Arena.
La Fiera (10-2) stays in second place of the Central Division of the PASL standings, separated by half of a game. Hidalgo, at 5-0 in tis own arena, is one of four PASL teams that are undefeated at home.
Hidalgo got on the board first when Carlos Farias scored on Joel Perez one minute into the game. La Fiera added to its lead in the first quarter when Robson De Souza made it 2-0 thanks to a Farias pass on the power play goal.
Hidalgo added another goal when Perez received a pass from Farias on a breakaway goal to make it 3-0 after one quarter.
During the second quarter, La Fiera's Mark Ughy scored a fourth goal that was set up by Farias on a power play.
Monterrey (11-2) made it 4-1 at the break after Genioni Martinez fed Edgar Martinez for a goal.
Hidalgo scored three power-play goals during the second half.
Brownsville goalkeeper Juan Gamboa earned his 10th win of the season, making six saves. La Fiera went 5 for 14 on the power play.
Hidalgo next plays at 7:35 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 when they play host to Saltillo Rancho Seco.
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Bees score four power play goals in win over Brahamas
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS – The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees scored four power play goals Saturday to finish off a two-game sweep over the Lone Star Brahmas with a 4-2 victory at NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills.
Unlike Friday, when the Bees won 4-1, the Brahmas opened up a 1-0 lead less than eight minutes into the first period when Ryan Watson scored off of a Paul Fregeau pass.
The Bees evened the score with less than four minutes left in the first period during a power play when Ben Greiner (Newport Beach, Calif.) tallied his 15th goal of the season.
Greiner scored the goal from the left wing after he looked off a centering feed. Anthony Croston (Phoenix, Ariz.) and defenseman Matt McArdle (Annapolis, Md.) picked up the helpers.
Lone Star forged ahead again roughly nine minutes into the second period when Alexey Solovyev scored on a one-timer from the point with traffic in front of the net. Anthony Mousseau and Sebastian Vidmar were credited with the assists.
After surrendering the lead, the Bees killed off an extended amount of Brahmas power play time, including a 5 on 3 opportunity.
“I thought that was a bit of a turning point in the game,” Killer Bees coach Joe Coombs said of his team's penalty kills.
Later in the second period, the Bees took advantage of a power play and tied the game at 2 when Croston scored on a rebound. Defenseman Sean Mostrom (Wayzata, Minn.), who recently committed to the University of Denver, and Greiner assisted on the play.
The Bees went back to work on the power play during the third period. Aleski Luhtalampi (Rauma, Finland) gave the Bees their first lead of the game 2:19 into the period after receiving a centering feed from Brenden Dunning (Buffalo, N.Y.) from the left wing. McArdle also assisted on the go-ahead goal.
The Bees added an insurance goal on the power play near the midpoint of the period when Kevin Antipov (Moscow, Russia) tapped in a pass from Dunning, who was positioned along the left wing wall. McArdle earned the second assist.
“He’s a good hockey player, and he plays the game with poise,” Coombs said of McArdle, who has five assists in four games since joining the Bees. “We thought he would help (the power play), and he certainly has.”
In all, seven Bees recorded a point in the win. McArdle led the way with a trio of assists, and Croston (goal, assist), Greiner (goal, assist) and Dunning (two assists) each notched two points.
In all, Rio Grande Valley scored four power-play goals on six attempts. Lone Star scored one power-play goal on eight tries.
“It was working good for us tonight,” Coombs said of the power play. “It bailed us out tonight, but that’s what it’s supposed to do sometimes.”
RGV goaltender Nick Schmit (Fargo, N.D.) made 17 saves on 19 shots to earn his eighth win of the season. Lone Star goalie Jett Salinas turned aside 14 of 18 shots.
The Killer Bees (21-12-7) return to action at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Jan. 23 and 24) when they play a home-and-home series against the Corpus Christi IceRays. Thursday’s game will be at AmericanBank Center, and Friday’s game will be at State Farm Arena.
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UTPA men keep scoring, knock off Chicago State
CHICAGO, Ill. – One game after earning its first Western Athletic Conference win, the University of Texas-Pan American Broncs men’s basketball team won its second game in a row, 84-61 over the Chicago State University Cougars on Saturday at Jones Convocation Center.
It is the fourth road win of the season for the Broncs (6-14, 2-3 WAC), their highest total since winning six during the 2007-08 season. The Cougars had been undefeated in WAC play.
Three Broncs players reached double figures in scoring, led by junior Shaquille Boga, who scored a career-high 26 points on 5 of 11 shooting and a career-high 15 for 18 from the line to go along with three steals. Graduate student Javorn Farrell scored 20 points on 4 of 9 shooting and 11 of 14 from the line, and he also grabbed four steals. Sophomore Shaquille Hines scored 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting with nine rebounds. Senior Justin Leathers scored nine points with seven rebounds.
Quinton Pippen led three players in double figures for the Cougars (8-10, 3-1 WAC), with 23 points on 8 of 16 shooting, 7 of 14 from behind the arc. Nate Duhon scored 14 points on 6 of 12 shooting. Matt Ross scored 11 points with 10 rebounds.
Pippen hit a pair of 3s and a layup to help the Cougars take a 15-7 lead after the first 5:35. The next time down the court, Farrell hit a 3-pointer and the Broncs started scoring at will. During the next 24:26, the Broncs outscored the Cougars 57-20 to take a 64-35 lead with 9:59 remaining.
Farrell scored 16 of the points, Boga scored 13 and Hines scored 10 as the Broncs went 16 for 32 from the field, 3 for 8 from behind the arc and 20 for 28 from the line. The Broncs held the Cougars to 8 of 27 shooting, 2 of 11 from behind the arc and 2 of 3 from the line. The Broncs also forced 15 turnovers, committing one.
The Broncs are back in action at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, when they visit defending WAC champion New Mexico State.
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UTPA women defeat Chicago State
EDINBURG – The University of Texas-Pan American women’s basketball team used a 16-0 run midway through the game to pull away and beat the Chicago State University Cougars 66-44 on Saturday at the UTPA Field House.
At 9-9, the Broncs are now back at .500 and 3-2 in Western Athletic Conference play.
Down 27-26 with 2:53 remaining in the first half, the Broncs went on a 16-0 run during the next 6:10 to pull away. The run started with a 3-pointer by sophomore KaeLynn Boyd, and then junior Tonisha Walker scored seven straight points on two free throws, a 3-pointer and a layup. Junior Cherrell Price followed with a 3, and then, after junior Brittany Bush hit a free throw, freshman Shawnte’ Goff's jumper capped the run with the Broncs leading 42-27.
Goff led the Broncs with 18 points, four steals, three assists, two rebounds and one block. Junior Jasmine Thompson scored 10 points with seven rebounds and two steals. Bush finished with nine points and 12 rebounds.
Tierra Williams led the Cougars (3-15, 0-5 WAC) with 20 points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Price and Goff hit 3s and Bush hit a jumper as the Broncs scored the first eight points as part of a 14-4 run to start the game.
Konner Harris hit a jumper to spark an 9-0 run as the Cougars scored the next eight points to pull within two, but the Broncs responded with a 9-3 run to push their lead back to 23-15.
The Cougars followed with a 9-0 run, capped by a Williams 3 to take their first lead at 24-23 with 4:19 remaining in the first half.
The Broncs conclude the three-game homestand at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, when they play host to New Mexico State. With a win, the Broncs can tie for the best 19-game start in program history.
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Rockets recall Covington from Vipers
HOUSTON – Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey announced Saturday the team has recalled forward Robert Covington from Rio Grande Valley, Houston’s single-affiliation NBA Development League partner.
Covington (6-9, 215, Tennessee State), who was assigned to the Vipers on Nov. 6, has averaged 21.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.1 a7ssists, 2.48 steals and 1.33 blocks in 21 games (21 starts) with RGV this season. Through Jan. 17, Covington stands 10th in the NBADL in scoring (21.0) and second in the league in steals per game (2.48).
A member of the Rockets' 2013 Orlando Pro Summer League, Covington averaged 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.40 steals in five games (two starts) with Houston this summer.
Undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, Covington averaged 14.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks in 118 career games during four seasons at Tennessee State. He finished his career seventh in school history with 1,750 points and seventh in rebounds with 876.
Covington was named second-team all-Ohio Valley Conference as a senior and sophomore, earning first-team all-OVC honors as a junior. He also was named to the OVC all-newcomer Team as a freshman.
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