Mules vs. Littlefield & Friona (2-3&6-2015)
Just one glance at the score book would indicate the Mules spent a lot of time at the free throw line Tuesday night when the Littlefield Wildcats came to town. The Mules were awarded 43 free throws and made 30 of them for a 70 percent average.
The Mules rallied for 29 points in the final frame to defeat Littlefield 71-62.
The Friona Chieftains were just as cold when they visited the Mules Friday as they had been hot on their home floor in the first meeting of the two teams. The Mules took a three-point advantage by the intermission and continued to build on it to take the game 64-48.
Dagen Dunham took over the paint area and scored 30 points to lead the Mules on offense against Littlefield. Dunham scored the Mules first point of the game when he made a free throw 40 seconds into the game.
He snagged a long rebound of a 3-point attempt and eased the ball up and over the rim for a hoop. He chipped in a second free throw, nailed a trey and scored two more hoops for a total of 11 points in the first period. Tony Castillo made a pair of free throws and Jason Florez chipped in one free throw. The Mules led 14-12 after one period.
Florez began to light up the score board in the second period. He too started with a free throw, then added two more freebies and finished with a pair of hoops. Josh Lopez sank a pair from the charity line.
Dunham had one basket Castillo got Campos the ball on the blocks for a basket. Campos ended the period with a free throw. The Mules led 28-27 at the half.
Tony Vasquez made a lob pass over the defense to Dunham and he was set to make a post move for a basket. Dunham added a free throw and a hoop before the period ended. Florez made a pair of free throws and then completed a three-point play.
Wes Clarkson sank a trey from the right wing and Campos added a free throw. The Mules led 42-39 after three quarters.
Clarkson sank back-to-back 3-pointers to start the final period. Dunham hit both ends of a one-and-one situation, hit a pair of baskets, sank a trey from the corner and chipped in three from the charity line before the period ended.
Florez made two from the line, drove the lane for a hoop and finished with a charity toss. Castillo made three-of-four from the free throw line and Vasquez chipped in two free throws. Campos ended the game with a charity toss.
Dakota Gage made 16 of his 25 points in the final period to lead the Cats in scoring.
Florez finished with 18 points and Clarkson made three treys for nine points. Castillo and Campos dropped in five points each. Lopez and Vasquez chipped in two points each.
Florez, Dunham and Campos brought the heat against the Chieftains by scoring a combined 50 points.
Dunham went high for an offensive rebound and went back up strong for a basket. He nailed a 3-pointer from the corner on the next trip down the floor and finished the quarter with a free throw.
Florez finished a fast break for a lay up. Three minutes before the period ended he sank a trey and the scored twice from near the elbow. Campos chipped in a free throw to keep the scored tied at 16-16 after one period.
The Mules got some separation in the second period. Campos took over the paint after Dunham had garnered his second foul. Campos stuck back a two rebounds inside the paint and was four-for-four from the charity line for eight points.
Grey Johnson was fouled shooting in the lane and made both free throws. Castillo drove from the wing for a basket. The Mules led 28-25 at the half.
Florez was hot after the break and hit a trey to start the period. Dunham made two from the charity line and Campos cleaned up the backside with a put back. The Mules had increased their lead to 38-32.
The Mules exploded for 26 points in the final period to nail the door shut on the Chieftains.
Dunham made a pair of free throws to open the final frame and he had added four buckets before the period ended. Castillo drove the baseline for a hoop and he made three charity tosses before the game ended.
Florez finished a fast break and made a pair of free throws. Campos sank a pair of free throws. Johnson and Vasquez made a hoop each and Clarkson chipped in a free throw.
Florez led the Mules with 19 points and Dunham finished with 18. Campos added 13 points and Castillo dropped in seven points. Johnson had four points, Lopez made two points and Clarkson chipped in one point.
The two wins Mules moved the Mules into a tie with Friona for third place in District 2-3A with a record of 4-3. The Mules were on the road to Tulia Tuesday and will travel to Shallowater on Friday.
The Mules will host the Dimmitt Bobcats to finish up the regular season. It is to early to predict the out come of the District.