Mules vs. Lubbock Roosevelt (12-16-2014)
The Lubbock Roosevelt Eagles could not fly high enough to control Dagan Dunham in the paint Tuesday night in Acuff. Dunham paced the Mules with 25 points to lead the Mules to a 48-31 win over the Eagles.
“Some nights are strikes for us and others are gutter balls,” said Mule coach Clay White. “But I would class tonight as a spare. At times we looked good and others we had to scramble to get our feet back under us.”
Jason Florez made the inbound pass to Dunham and he scored on the play. Florez scored with a six-foot jumper on the left side on the next trip down the floor. Josh Lopez picked an Eagles’ pocket and drove the floor but missed the lay up. Dunham was following on the play and put back the rebound to put the Mules up 6-0 two minutes into the game.
The Eagles hit back-to-back baskets before JJ Gandara drained a trey from the right wing. The Eagles made a pair from the charity stripe. Dunham missed his shot but soared for his own rebound and banked the put back off the glass for a hoop.
The Eagles scored before the period ended to trail the Mules 11-8.
Roosevelt opened the second period with a free throw. Tony Castillo made the perfect pass to Dunham in the paint and he had to fight through a foul to score. Dunham completed the three-point play by sinking the free throw.
Wesley Clarkson sent the ball high and Dunham went up and got it and scored in the paint. Castillo was fouled out front and made a free throw. The Eagles scored a basket but Dunham answered with a pair free throws.
Chamel Regalado sent the ball ahead to Florez to score on a fast break. The Eagles scored with 3:20 left in the first half but the Mules led 21-13. Roosevelt saved the ball on the Mules end of the floor but Blayne Shipman grabbed the ball. Shipman dribbled once and put the ball on the glass for a hoop.
Florez ended the first half like he started it. He made the inbound pass to Dunham and Dunham sank a 10-foot jumper to extend the Mule lead to 25-13 at the half.
The Mules were slow out of the gate in the third period but a strange call by the officials at the end of the period seemed to wake the Mules up. Lopez fired up a 3-pointer that swished the net was waved off by the officials. Despite making the shot Lopez was awarded three free throws. Lopez made one of the three freebies.
The Mules led 34-23 with eight minutes left to play.
Dunham scored to start the final period. Clarkson was fouled shooting and made both free throws. The Eagles made a pair of free throws and Dunham answered with a 15-foot baseline jumper. Regalado was fouled in the backcourt and made both the free throw and the bonus shot.
Dunham drove the right side and put up an eight-foot tear drop for a basket to extend the Mule lead to 44-25. Regalado passed to Danny Campos on the blocks and Campos turned a scored the hoop.
The Eagles made back-to-back hoops. Castillo grabbed a defensive rebound and was shoved from behind for an intentional foul. He made one free throw but the Mule could not cash in on the extra possession.
The Eagles added one more hoop and Regalado chipped in a free throw for the final point of the game.
Florez finished with six points and Clarkson added four. Regalado and Gandara finished with three points each. Castillo, Shipman and Campos dropped in two points apiece and Lopez chipped in a point.
The Mules will began to shake off the rust of the Christmas Holidays in the Texico Wolverine Tournament December 29-31 and then travel to Lamesa January 2 to play the Golden Tornadoes. The Mules will return home January 6 to host the Bovina Mustangs.