8th Mules vs. Dimmitt (1-5-2015)
The eighth grade Mules only trailed by a single point when the first half ended. Adjustments at the intermission allowed the Mules to take over in the second half and roll to a 37-25 win.
Ryan Rodriguez scored in the lane to start the game. Dimmitt made a free throw and later in the quarter added basket to lead the Mules 3-2. Ean Hasley made a 15-foot jump shot from the elbow. Dimmitt chipped in a free throw to tie the game at the end of the first period tied at 4-4.
Luke Del Toro drove the lane for a hoop after Dimmitt had scored to open the second period. Izaiah Hurtado drove the baseline and made a reverse lay up to answer a Dimmitt score to tie the game at 8-8.
Luke Leal made a pass to Hasley on the baseline for a basket to keep the game tied. The two teams exchanged baskets but the Mules missed a charity toss at the end of the half to trail 16-15.
The Mule defense held Dimmitt scoreless in the third period until near the 2:20 mark. Hurtado had been a terror and scored three baskets in the span of 90 seconds early in the third quarter.
Hasley again hit from the elbow and Josh Torres picked off a Bobcat pass at mid court and drove the floor for a hoop. Vasquez made a pair of charity tosses and the Mules led 27-18 with one period left to play.
Del Toro sank a running jump shot to start the final frame. Rodriguez followed on a fast break and put back the missed shot. Vasquez answered a Dimmitt basket with a 10-foot jump shot.
Brady Martinez drove the lane and dished to Vasquez for the easy basket. Rodriguez turned in the lane for the final basket of the game.
Hurtado led the Mules with eight points with six coming in the third quarter. Vasquez, Rodriquez and Del Toro finished with six points each. Hasley made five points. Torres, Ethan Villa and Brady Martinez chipped in two points apiece.
The Mules played in the Levelland Lobo Tournament January 8 and 10. Littlefield host the Mules Monday evening and the Mules travel to Friona January 19 and return home January 26 to host the Tulia Hornets.