JV Mules vs. Friona (2-11-14)
The JV Mules tried to battle their way back from a first period 17-9 hole Tuesday evening in Friona against the Chiefs. The Mules made up ground in the middle two periods to trail by a single point after three periods.
Friona put the Mules a way in the final quarter 55-50.
Tony Castillo scored the Mules first two points of the game and added a 3-pointer before the quarter ended. Bryce Mauricio and Triston Boehning made a basket each. The Mules trailed 17-9 after one quarter.
The Mules trimmed three points off the Chiefs lead in the second quarter. Beto Diaz got the Mules started early in the second period and added two more baskets before the quarter ended.
Antonio Vasquez and Castillo made a basket each. Mario Flores made a pair of charity tosses and Boehning added a free throw. The Mules had cut the Friona lead to 27-22 by the intermission.
The Mules continued to chip away at the Friona lead in the third period and out scored the Chiefs 16-12 to cut the lead to 39-38.
Vasquez got the Mules started with a hoop. Castillo made a basket and then knocked down a 3-pointer. Kevin Mendoza drove the lane for a basket. JJ Gandara stepped behind the arc and dropped in a 3-pointer to briefly give the Mules a one-point lead. Friona ended the quarter with a basket to go in front.
The Mules seem to run out of gas in the final frame. Flores got the Mules started in the final period with a hoop and added a free throw before the game ended. Vasquez drained a 3-pointer from the wing.
Keagan Gonzales came alive in the final period with three baskets.
Castillo led the Mules with 12 points and Diaz added 10. Vasquez finished with seven points and Gonzales made six. Flores dropped in five points, Gandara and Boehning made three each. Mauricio and Mendoza chipped in two points each.
Some of the JV Mules will join the varsity for the post season run while the others will start the Spring sports.