Mules vs. Floydada & Abernathy Shoot Out (12-8-2015)
The Muleshoe Mules dropped the Floydada Whirlwinds like a hot potato Tuesday night in the Mules home opener. The Mules defeated Floydada 51-37 and then battled their way through the Abernathy Shootout to play Saturday in the Championship game.
The Mules brought home the Shootout’s Championship trophy by defeating the Wall Hawks 48-31.
Tony Vasquez passed to Danny Campos waiting on the blocks for the Mules first hoop of the game against Floydada. The Whirlwinds tied the game before Dagan Dunham stole a pass and drove the floor for a lay up.
Vasquez dropped in a 3-pointer from the corner and Campos followed that with a put back for a 9-4 Mule lead with five minutes left in the first period. Dunham also stuck back an offensive rebound as the Mules began to separate themselves from the Whirlwinds.
Floydada scored but thirty seconds later Vasquez scored in the paint. Dunham sandwiched a Floydada hoop between a pair of drives down the lane for a 17-8 Mule lead with a minute left in the first quarter.
Campos tipped in an offensive rebound. The Whirlwinds scored but Vasquez got the points back with a pair of free throws. The Winds ended the period with one free throw. The Mules led 21-11 after one quarter.
Dunham drained a trey from the corner to start the second period. Vasquez passed to Dunham for a basket in the lane. Floydada scored but Dunham stuck back an offensive rebound for a 29-13 Mule lead.
Donavan Gutierrez passed to Dunham in the paint for a hoop for a 31-13 Mule lead with three and half minutes left in the first half. Dunham picked off a Wind pass and drove the floor for a hoop.
Campos scored from the blocks and had to fight through a foul. He completed the three-point play by making the free throw. Floydada scored with time running down but Kevin Mendoza answered with a drive down the lane before time expired.
The Mules led 37-15 at the intermission.
The Mules backed off to much in the third period and the Whirlwinds out scored the Mules 12-4 in the third period to cut the Mule lead to 41-27 with one period left to play. The two teams played to a dead heat in the final period for the Mules to claim the win.
Dunham paced the Mules with 24 points and Campos finished with 17 points. Vasquez made all six of his points in the first period. Javy Perez and Mendoza chipped in two points each.
Dunham made three 3-pointers in the third quarter to help the Mules separate themselves from the Wall Hawks in the Championship game of the Abernathy Shootout Saturday. At the end of Dunham’s barrage from outside the arc the Mules led 36-24.
“We try to play fast on offense,” said Mule coach Clay White. “We try to transition to our offense quickly and get a good shot, now. We try to not give up an easy shot on defense and like to play an aggressive man-to-man defense. We try to stay sound.”
“We are still getting in shape after our football season went to the end of November. The kids are coming along and we are missing some people because of football injuries. We hope to have some of them back soon but we have some depth that is getting some good experience.”
The Mules fell behind the Hawks 10-7 in the first period but the Mules had tied the game at 18-18 by the intermission. Dunham’s three treys in the third period made a big difference as the out scored the Hawks 19-9. The Mules added to there lead with an 11-4 run in the final period.
Dunham led the Mules with 20 points and Jesse Leal finished with nine points. Campos and Gutierrez dropped in seven points each. Mendoza added three points and Vasquez chipped in two points.
The Mules hosted the Lubbock Roosevelt Eagles December 15 before taking the Christmas break. The Mules are back in action December 29-31 in the 57th Fibermax Caprock Holiday Tournament in Lubbock.
The Mules will host the Slaton Tigers January 5 before opening district play in Muleshoe January 8 against the Shallowater Mustangs.