8th Mules vs. Littlefield (2-2-2015)
The eighth grade Mules gave the Littlefield Wildcats a 6-1 head start in the first half of the first period Monday. The Mules could not battle back from the deficit and fell to the Wildcats 39-29.
Luke Del Toro made a free throw almost half way through the first period to kick start the Mule offense. Del Toro finished a fast break for a basket and drove the lane for a second hoop to cut the Cat lead to 6-5 after one quarter.
Ryan Rodriguez broke a 6-0 Cat scoring run in the first minute and half of the second period. Littlefield quickly resumed their scoring run with four consecutive hoops. Israel Vasquez hit a 10-foot baseline jump shot with two minutes left in the first half.
Rigo Mendoza pushed the ball ahead to Josh Torres running on a fast break for the final basket of the second period. Littlefield led the Mules 30-11 at the break.
Del Toro sank a jump shot almost two minutes into the third quarter. Luke Leal drove the left side of the lane and made the lay up with his right hand. He later added a free throw. Brady Martinez drove the baseline like it was the road home and laid the ball up on the glass. Mendoza finished a fast break to end the third quarter with the Mules trailing 20-27.
Mendoza sank a baseline jumper to break a 6-0 run by the Cats to start the final period. Ethan Villa spotted Del Toro cutting the hoop and passed him the ball for a lay up. The next trip down the floor Del Toro nailed a 3-pointer from the wing. Rodriguez ended the game with a put-back basket.
Dell Toro led the Mules with 12 points that included a trey. Torres and Rodriguez finished with four points each. Leal added three points. Martinez, Mendoza, and Vasquez chipped in two points each.
The Mules hosted the Friona Monday evening and traveled to Shallowater to wrap up the season February 16.