Mules vs. Spearman & Kermit (2-24&28-2015)
It was a battle the first three quarters plus six minutes of the final period in the Amarillo Tascosa Rebel Gymnasium Tuesday night when the Mules met the Spearman Lynx. The Mules opened a six-point lead by the end of the third quarter.
Spearman chipped away at the Mule lead in the final frame until near the two minute mark and the Mules were clinging to a slim margin. A time out gave the Mules an opportunity to regroup and they exploded in the final two minutes to claim a 57-47 win over Spearman for the Bi-District Championship.
The Mules had to wait an extra day because of a snow storm to meet the highly ranked Kermit Yellow Jackets in the Andrews Mustang Gymnasium Saturday evening. The Mules came roaring out of the gate and jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Jackets could score.
Dagen Dunham shot 100 per cent from the floor in the first quarter and racked up 10 of his 16 points in the first eight minutes. The Mules led 21-20 after the first period. Half way through the second period Kermit caught fire and owned a 38-30 lead over the Mules at the half.
The Mules could never right the ship and the Jackets rolled to an 81-51 win.
The Mules may have felt like they were riding a slow boat as the Lynx sped away in the opening period to lead the Mules 13-7.
Jason Florez made a driving lay up and Dunham scored from near the blocks and hit a trey from the corner.
The Mules heated up in the second period. Danny Campos stuck back an offensive rebound and was fouled. He added the free throw to complete the old-fashion three-point play.
Florez missed a pair of free throws but nailed a trey from the top of the arc. Dunham finished the period with four hoops with one being an three-point play when he added the free throw. The Mules had cut the Lynx lead to 24-22 at the half.
The Mules took over the game in the third period and out scored the Lynx 19-11 to take the lead for good. Wes Clarkson sank a mid-range jump shot and dropped in a 3-pointer from the corner.
Florez made a pair of treys and Dunham made a charity toss, two hoops and a trey. The Mules led 41-35 going into the final period.
Spearman did not go away and battled back to cut the Mule lead to just four points with two minutes left to play.
Dunham made three free throws in the final frame. Beto Diaz made a lay up and later chipped in a free throw while Florez made three from the charity line. Campos provided most of the fire power with three hoops and free throw.
Dunham led the Mules with a game high 25 points and Florez finished with 14 points. Campos added 10 points and Clarkson dropped in five points. Diaz chipped in three points.
The Mules raced out of the gate in Andrews with Dunham lighting up the scoreboard in the first period. He dropped in a pair of baby hook shots and hit a pair of 3-pointers for 10 first period points.
Florez made a pair of hoops, Diaz scored from mid range and Tony Vasquez completed an old-fashion three-point play. Clarkson finished the period with a pair of free throws. The Mules led 21-20.
Four minutes into the second period Kermit had tied the game at 27-27 and continued to pour in points to take a 38-30 lead by the half.
Dunham scored near the blocks and Vasquez added a pair of hoops. Tony Castillo drove under the basket for a reverse lay up and chipped in a free throw before the half ended.
Kermit doubled a tripled Dunham the rest of the game as the Mules struggled from beyond the arc in the second half. Campos and Vasquez scored the Mules only two hoops of the third period and Josh Lopez chipped in a free throw.
Dunham hit a fade-away jump shot and a pair of charity tosses in the final period. Campos added a pair from the charity line and JJ Gandara chipped in a free throw. Florez made four free throws and hoop in the last period. Castillo nailed the Mules only trey of the second half.
Dunham led the Mules with 16 points and Florez finished with 10. Vasquez added nine points and Castillo made six points. Campos dropped in four points and Diaz and Clarkson had two points each. Lopez and Gandara chipped in a point each.
Coach Clay White put in seniors; Wes Clarkson, Grey Johnson, JJ Gandara and Blayne Shipman to finish the game as it would be their last in a Mule uniform.
The Mules will now start the spring sport of their choice to finish the school year.