Mules vs. Hale Center. & Nazareth Tourny. (12-2&4-6-14)
The Mules opened there basketball season on the road in Hale Center against the Owls. The Owls started fast but the Mules caught up before the half and went on for the win 57-48. Over the weekend the Mules competed in the Nazareth Invitational Tournament.
The Owls flew out of the gate and had claimed a 13-9 lead over the Mules by the time the first period ended. Jason Florez stole the ball from the Owls in the first two minutes of the second period and converted each steal to a basket. The Mules led 15-13 with just over six minutes left in the half.
Dagen Dunham sank the Mules first 3-pointer of the season from the right wing. Florez tossed a high pass to Dunham in the lane. Dunham leaped high in the air and tipped the ball in the hoop.
The Owls scored twice at the end of the second period to ease in front of the Mules 25-23.
Florez finished a fast break to tie the game as the third period started. Saul Sanchez hit a trey after throwing the ball into to Dunham on the blocks. Dunham passed the ball back to Sanchez for the open shot.
Florez drove in the lane and laid the ball up. The ball seemed to hang on the rim for a three count before it fell in for two points. The Mules had built a 38-33 lead by the end of the third quarter.
The Mules out scored the Owls 19-15 in the final period for the win.
Florez led the Mules in scoring with 20 points and Dunham added 17 points. Grey Johnson dropped in six points, Sanchez made five points and Blayne Shipman made all four of his points in the second half. Wesley Clarkson and Josh Lopez scored two points each and JJ Gandara chipped in one point.
The Mules first game in the Nazareth Tournament was against the Panhandle Panthers. Dunham led the Mules in a losing effort against the Panthers with 18 points. Tony Castillo stepped up his game with 12 points and Clarkson dropped in seven.
Danny Campos and Florez finished with four points each. Gandara and Shipman chipped in two points each.
The loss sent the Mules to the consolation side of the bracket to face Hale Center for the second time during the week. The Owls put up a battle but the Mules pulled out a 30-28 win.
Castillo led the Mules with seven points. Florez and Campos finished with six points each. Clarkson sank a trey to start the final period. Johnson and Shipman chipped in two points each.
The New Deal Lions fell victim to the Mules in the third game of the tournament. Dunham had the hot hand with 23 points and Florez finished with 15. Castillo made a trey and scored 12 points. Johnson added four points and Campos dropped in three. Shipman, Gandara, Roman Franco, Sanchez and Lopez chipped in two points each.
Panhandle got beat out of the winners bracket and sent back to the consolation side of the tournament to meet the Mules for the Consolation trophy. Panhandle defeated the Mules for the second time of the tournament 49-26.
The Mules were running low on gas when they played their second game Saturday against the Panthers. Castillo led the Mules with eight points and Florez had five. Johnson scored four points and Dunham had three points. Campos, Shipman and Clarkson chipped in two points apiece.