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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014 11:15 pm

SALTILLO, Mexico — La Fiera road winning streak continued as it defeated Saltillo Rancho Seco 9-1 on Saturday night at Deportivo RSS.

The win for La Fiera (9-1) keeps it in second place of the Central Division of the PASL standings with a key matchup against the Monterrey Flash set for Sunday. The winning streak is up to five games after starting with a road win Nov. 22, 2013, at Tulsa.

Hidalgo scored four goals during the first quarter from Leonardo Casanova, Joel Perez, Erick Flores, and Juan Jalomo. Saltillo (4-6) notched its goal, scored by Cesar Cerda, during the second quarter on a power play after a Hidalgo goal by Perez to make it 5-1. Robson De Souza made it 6-1 at halftime.

During the third quarter, Hidalgo added a power play goal by Armando Teran and another tally by Mark Ughy off a pass from Carlos Farias before the end of the third quarter. La Fiera ended the scoring during the final quarter when Flores collected his second goal of the game, assisted by Jorge Quiroz.

La Fiera will end a three-game road trip at 5:05 p.m. against the Monterrey Flash at Monterrey Arena. The following game for Hidalgo is at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, when they play host to the Flash.

-- La Fiera FC Services


Offense lacking in Broncs' loss to Seattle

EDINBURG - Offense has been hard to come by for the Broncs all season. There’s been some spurts here and there, but for the large part, points aren’t easy for the University of Texas Pan-American.

That was never more evident during the Broncs’ 64-46 loss to Seattle on Saturday night at the UTPA Field House. UTPA shot 30.4 percent from the field and was 3 of 19 from three-point range.

It’s been that way a lot for UTPA. The Broncs are last in the WAC in points per game, field goal percentage and three-point percentage. UTPA’s shooting woes continued in its 10th straight loss.

“I don’t know, we shoot a lot, we practice it, we work at it,” Broncs coach Dan Hipsher said. “I might need to simplify and try to get where we can execute and play with some confidence because we’re struggling to right now.”

Hipsher has noted all season that UTPA doesn’t have the talent to overcome bad offense. After the double-overtime loss to Idaho on Thursday, Hipsher noted an Idaho player who late in the game hit a turnaround 3-pointer coming off screen.

He said the Broncs don’t have anyone on the team that can do that. To make up for it, UTPA has to play smart on both offense and defense. It didn’t work out for UTPA against a big and physical Seattle team.

“We’ve just got to make shots, honestly,” said Javorn Farrell, who led UTPA with 14 points. “Obviously that team out there, they were big, but we’ve played against big teams before and found a way to score.”

The Redhawks opened the game on an 11-0 run and never trailed throughout the whole game. UTPA managed to cut the lead to single digits at points throughout the first half, but trailed 30-17 at halftime, shooting just 23.8 percent.

The second half wasn’t much better. Seattle continued to pound UTPA in the paint -- the Redhawks had two starters standing well above 6 feet, 9 inches -- and the Broncs couldn’t answer.

Hipsher tried to jump-start the offense with freshman guard L.J. McIntosh starting the half. McIntosh is young but is one of the better shooters on the team. He helped bail UTPA out with five 3-pointers in UTPA’s win against UTSA earlier in the year.

That didn’t happen Saturday. McIntosh missed two 3-pointers early in the second half and Seattle’s lead ballooned to 26 points at one point.

“Everybody is taking our motion away with zone,” Hipsher said. “We’re just uptight with it. We really can’t score at the basket because of the physical size of that team out there.”

UTPA managed to hold the WAC's leading scorer, Isiah Umipig, to just 16 points on 3 of 13 shooting, but forward Deshaun Sunderhaus got whatever he wanted down low. Hipsher said he was pleased with his defense against Umipig but said Seattle just pounded it in the post instead, and UTPA couldn’t answer it.

Averaging 10.5 points per game on the season, Sunderhaus had 22 points and 13 rebounds. The Broncs are tired of losing (they haven’t won since Nov. 27) and they’re going to have to figure out their scoring troubles sooner rather than later. UTPA is 4-14, 0-3 in WAC play.

“We spoke about it. We said everybody in the locker room needs a chip on their shoulder and needs to feel a weight about it,” Farrell said. “We talked about it and we just need to be hungry, and be a little bit hungrier and go out there and play with a purpose.”

-- Josh Bowe, The Monitor

UTPA women lose at Seattle

SEATTLE, Wash. – The University of Texas-Pan American women’s basketball team lost 84-62 to defending Western Athletic Conference champion Seattle University on Saturday at the Connolly Center.

Freshman Shawnte’ Goff led the Broncs (7-9, 1-2 WAC) with 14 points on 4 of 12 shooting, including 2 of 6 shooting from behind the arc and 4 of 4 from the line, to go along with three steals. Senior captain LaQuita Garner scored a season-high nine points, going 3 for 5 from behind the arc.

Sylvia Shephard, a member of the preseason all-WAC first team, led three Redhawks players in double figures in scoring with a game-high 20 points on 6 of 8 shooting, 4 of 5 from behind the arc and 4 of 4 from the line, to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists. Kacie Sowell, also on the first team and preseason WAC player of the year, scored 16 points on 7 of 8 shooting with five rebounds. Ashley Ward added 10 points for the Redhawks (8-9, 3-1 WAC).

The Broncs had the lead on three different occasions during the opening minutes. A Goff layup made it 2-0, a Cherrell Price 3 made it 5-2 and a T’Ondria Nolen layup made it 8-6.

The Broncs were within 12-10 after a Brittany Bush layup with 15:13 remaining, but Alexis Montogmery's 3-pointer kicked off a 9-0 run that saw the Redhawks go up 21-10.

A 3 brought the Broncs' deficit back to within single digits, but Shephard hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 17-2 run in which the Redhawks pushed their lead back into double figures for the rest of the game.

The Broncs return to the UTPA Field House for a three-game homestand at 7 p.m. Thursday when they play host to Kansas City.

-- UTPA Services


Bulls beat Bees in last regular-season matchup of year

HIDALGO – The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees lost 3-1 to the Amarillo Bulls on Saturday at the Amarillo Civic Center in the teams' final regular-season contest.

As they did during the first game of the weekend series, the Bees (19-12-7) scored first Saturday, earning a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Tyler Bruneteau (Omaha, Neb.) with 8:33 left in the second period.

Bruneteau’s goal, his 11th of the season, was scored from the slot on a centering feed from Brenden Dunning (Buffalo, N.Y.), who entered the zone down the left wing. Defenseman Matt McArdle (Annapolis, Md.) also assisted after a breakout from behind the Bees’ net.

Five minutes later, the Bulls scored a power-play goal of to tie the contest. Kyle Gattelaro scored after receiving a long pass from Brady Ferguson. Collin Delia also picked up an assist.

The Bulls scored the go-ahead goal near the midpoint of a back-and-forth third period when Roman Ammirato knocked in a loose puck from the near side after Mike Davis tried to wrap the puck around the net. Brendan McGuire earned the second assist. Ferguson tacked on an empty-netter with 26 seconds remaining in regulation. Davis assisted.

Delia made 21 saves on 22 shots for Amarillo. Rio Grande Valley’s Olli Kalkaja (Oulu, Finland) stopped 29 of 31 shots.

The Bees went 1 for 3 on the power play, and the Bulls went 1 for 2. Ferguson and Davis led all players with two points apiece.

The Killer Bees’ five-game road trip continues at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18 against the Lone Star Brahmas at the NYTEX Sports Center in North Richland Hills.

-- Killer Bees Services

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