9th Mules vs. Littlefield (1-11-2016)
The freshmen Mules remain undefeated in district by defeating the Littlefield Wildcats to start the second round of district. The Mules defeated Littlefield 33-25 Monday night.
The Mules did not have any single big quarter but gradually built and held the lead for all but two minutes of the game.
Raul Sierra got the Mules started by putting back an offensive rebound for points thirty seconds into the game. Luke Del Toro set up Brady Martinez with a pass to the baseline. Martinez made the eight foot jump shot.
Luke Leal made a reverse lay up with five minutes left to play in the first quarter. Leal passed to Martinez breaking to the hoop for an easy lay up. Isaiah Hurtado lifted up a tear drop that fell through the net for a 10-7 lead as the first period drew to a close.
The Wildcats took a one-point lead early in the second period and held it until Hurtado passed to Luis Franco on the blocks. Franco turned in the lane and scored. Rigo Mendoza ripped down an offensive rebound and went back up for a hoop.
Adrian Bustillos fed Ethan Villa on the blocks for a hoop. Hurtado started a fast break with a quick pass to Villa and he relayed the ball to Corbin Hardwick for a baseline jumper to complete the break. The Mules led 18-15 at the half.
Del Toro and Sierra heated up in the third period and made two hoops each. Franco drove the floor for the final hoop of the quarter. The Mules had extended their lead to 28-22 by the end of the third quarter.
Mendoza made a free throw to start the fourth period. Littlefield cut the Mule lead by three points before Sierra put back a rebound. And Hurtado stepped back from under the hoop to make the final two points of the game.
Sierra led the Mules with quiet eight points. Martinez, Franco, Hurtado and Del Toro dropped in four points each. Mendoza added three points. Leal, Villa and Hardwick chipped in two points each.
The Mules defended their home floor Monday night against the Friona Braves. The Mules are scheduled to play in the Dimmitt Tournament and will travel to Tulia January 25 to play the Hornets. The Mules will return home February 15 for their final game of the season.