Mules vs. Friona and Tulia (1-20&23-2015)
Dagen Dunham dominated the paint in Friona Tuesday night against the Chieftains but it was not enough. Friona rained 10 treys on the Mules to win the game 60-52. But the Mules bounced back Friday night to improve their district record to 2-1. The Mules defeated Tulia 56-26.
Dunham scored first for the Mules in the opening period. Josh Lopez made a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Wes Clarkson made two free throws. Blayne Shipman fought through a foul and scored in the paint and then added the free throw for a three-point play. Friona hit four treys in the opening period to lead the Mules 14-10.
Dunham made a free throw to start the second period and added a pair of baskets in the paint before the half ended. Jason Florez also scored a free throw and a pair of baskets. Friona nailed three more treys in the second period to lead the Mules 33-20 at the intermission.
Dunham hit the Mules second 3-pointer of the game to start the second half. He added five more baskets for 13 points in the quarter. Florez hit a free throw and drove for a lay up before the period ended. The Mules had cut the Friona lead by four points.
The Chiefs led the Mules 45-36 with one quarter left to play. The Mules spent most of the final period on the free throw line. Danny Campos made two free throws to start the final period and scored from the elbow.
Dunham scored one basket and three free throws Florez and Castillo made two free throws each.
Dunham led the Mules with 28 points. Florez finished with 10 points. Campos scored all four of his points in the final quarter. Shipman and Lopez made three points each. Clarkson and Castillo chipped in two points apiece.
The Mules clipped the Hornets’ wings in the first period and raced out to a 20-4 lead in the first period. The Mules held Tulia to two points in the second period and led 37-6 at the half.
Dunham hit Castillo with the outlet pass after pulling down a defensive rebound. Castillo drove the floor for a lay up to start the game. Dunham and Castillo teamed up again later in the period for the same results.
Dunham finished a fast break, hit a short jump shot and dropped in a 3-pointer before the period ended. Lopez chipped in a free throw and Florez put back an offensive rebound.
JJ Gandara recognized he was to close to the baseline for a lay up so he circled underneath and put in a reverse lay up. Campos scored and then stole the Tulia inbound pass and scored again. The Mules led 20-4 after one period.
Dunham opened the second period with a reverse lay up and he added two free throws before the period ended. Campos put back on offensive rebound for a basket. Florez took an outlet pass and drove the floor for a hoop.
Clarkson made back-to-back 3-pointers from the corner. Tony Vasquez lined up a left handed 3-pointer for the final points of the second quarter. The Mules led 37-6 at the half.
The Mules came back after the break and picked up where they left off in the first half. Dunham picked off a Hornet pass and drove the floor for a lay up. He later put back an offensive rebound, scored in the paint and dropped in a pair of free throws.
Campos chipped in a free throw and Castillo took a pass from Lopez and finished a fast break. Vasquez drove the left side for a lay up. Lopez finished the period with a basket. The Mules led 52-13 with one period left to play.
The Mules cruised the final period with Lopez and Campos making the only two baskets.
Dunham led the Mules with 19 points that all came in the first three quarters. Campos finished with nine points. Castillo and Clarkson added six points each. Lopez and Vasquez made five points each. Florez scored four points and Gandara chipped in two points.
The Mules hosted the Shallowater Mustangs Tuesday evening and then traveled to Dimmitt to battle the Bobcats.