9th Mules vs. Friona (12-2-2014)
The freshmen Mules had a tough third period against the Friona Braves Monday evening. The Mules made a run at making up the difference in the final quarter but the Braves hung on for a 45-41 win over the Mules.
Mikey Lozano drove coast-to-coast for the first points of the game. Brendon Rodriquez finished a fast break to tie the game. The game was back and forth with the Mules taking a 14-13 advantage after one quarter.
The second period was more of the same and the Mules managed to hold the one point advantage to lead 21-20 at the half.
The Braves got on a run in the third period and scored the first seven points to lead 27-21. Lozano scored the Mules first bucket with 3:33 left in the third quarter. The Braves had built a 36-26 lead over the Mules with one quarter left to play.
Lozano drove the baseline for a hoop to open the fourth period. Jacob Kettner was fouled shooting and made one free throw. Rodriguez scored on an inbound play to cut the Brave lead to 37-31.
Lozano drove the floor for a hoop. The next trip down the floor Lozano got Rodriguez the ball on the blocks for a basket to cut the Friona lead to 37-35. Joseph Rejino tied the game from the elbow.
Rodriguez was fouled shooting and made both free throws to give the Mules a brief lead at 39-37. The Braves took the lead on an old-fashion three-point play and never gave it up in the final two and half minutes of the game.
Lozano paced the Mules with 18 points and Rodriguez finished with 16. Rejino added five points and Kettner chipped in two points.