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Posted: Saturday, January 4, 2014 10:15 pm

BEAUMONT — La Fiera FC scored seven goals during the first quarter to race past the Texas Strikers 15-4 on Saturday night at Ford Arena.

The seven goals were the most in the first quarter for Hidalgo this season as it started a three-game road trip.

La Fiera (8-1) improved its record to 4-1 and remained in second place in the Central Division of the PASL. Texas (0-9) scored four consolation goals to remain the lone winless team in the league.

La Fiera will continue its three-game road trip in Mexico against Saltillo Rancho Seco at 8:05 p.m. at Deportivo RSS.

Hidalgo's next home game is at 7:35 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, against the Monterrey Flash.

-- La Fiera FC Services

College

UTPA men lose to Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION – The University of Texas-Pan American men’s basketball team lost 63-46 to the Texas A&M on Saturday at Reed Arena as the Aggies closed the game on a 17-3 run.

Senior Justin Leathers led the Broncs (4-12) with 13 points, hitting a career-high four 3-pointers and grabbing a team-high tying seven rebounds. He also had a career-high and team-high three steals. Sophomore Shaquille Hines also reached double figures, scoring 10 points and seven rebounds.

Jamal Jones led three Aggies (9-4) in double figures in scoring with 16 points and six rebounds. Alex Caruso scored 13 points and added six assists, three blocks and four steals. Fabyon Harris scored 10 points, and Kourtney Roberson grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds (four offensive).

The Aggies led 15-7 out of the gate, thanks in part to two 3-pointers by Harris and one by Jones. Leathers 3-pointers bookended an 8-0 run that helped the Broncs tie the game at 15.

After a Shawn Smith layup gave the Aggies the lead, junior Shaquille Boga's jumper tied the game at 17. Caruso followed with a layup, but Leathers nailed his third 3 of the game to give the Broncs their first lead at 20-19 with 5:24 left in the first half.

The Aggies scored the next 13 points to build a 12-point lead, and they stayed ahead by at least three possessions until a Hines layup brought the Broncs within 44-39 with 13:53 remaining. The Broncs pulled to within 46-43 on a pair of free throws by Hurley Johnson two and a half minutes later.

The Broncs resume Western Athletic Conference play at 7 p.m. Thursday when they play host to Idaho in the conference home opener at the UTPA Field House.

-- UTPA Services

Hockey

Killer Bees rally to seep Brahmas

HIDALGO – It took a shootout, but the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Lone Star Brahmas 3-2 on Saturday at the State Farm Arena.

The Brahmas drew first blood when Alexey Solovyev scored the opening goal with 7:43 remaining in the first period. Entering the offensive zone down the right wing on a 2 on 2, Solovyev looked off a pass before taking a shot. Bees goalie Olli Kalkaja (Oulu, Finland) made the first save, but Solovyev scored on the rebound.

Lone Star doubled its lead near the midpoint of the second period when defenseman Nick Blase scored from the far point. Austin Thielges and Liam Stirtzinger assisted.

The Killer Bees notched an important goal with 1:47 remaining during the second period to slice the deficit in half. Defenseman Sean Mostrom (Wayzata, Minn.) scored the goal from above the far faceoff circle on helpers from Brenden Dunning (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Dylan Abood (Centennial, Colo.). For Dunning, the assist was his first point with the Bees.

The Killer Bees carried the momentum they earned on their goal late in the second period and tied the contest at 2 a little more than five minutes into the third period when Ben Greiner (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored on a 1 on 1 after receiving a centering feed in the slot. Aleksi Luhtalampi (Rauma, Finland) and J.B. Baker (Columbia, Md.) assisted on Greiner’s team-leading 14th goal of the season.

After a scoreless five-minute overtime session, the game was decided in a shootout.

Mostrom, the Bees’ second shooter in the shootout, scored on a backhander to put his team up early. Stirtzinger, Lone Star’s fifth shooter, extended the shootout when he beat Kalkaja.

Kalkaja denied Lone Star’s sixth shooter, Anthony Mousseau. The stop set the stage for Rob Marsanico (Allendale, N.J.) to win the game for the Bees, which he did when he beat Jett Salinas on a high, stickside shot.

The Bees won the shot battle 30-17. Neither team manufactured a power play goal. The Bees went 0 for 4 with the man-advantage, and the Brahmas went 0 for 1.

Kalkaja made 15 saves on 17 shots to earn his 12th win of the season. Salinas denied 27 of the Bees’ shots.

The Killer Bees (19-10-7) play their next five games on the road, beginning with a two-game series against the Amarillo Bulls on Jan. 10 and 11.

After playing five straight road games, the Killer Bees will enjoy seven straight home games at State Farm Arena, beginning Friday, Jan. 24, against the Corpus Christi IceRays.

-- Killer Bees Services

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