JV Mules vs. Bovina & Littlefield (1-11 & 15-2016)
The JV Mules closed out their non-district portion of the season with a bang Monday night in a makeup game with the Bovina Mustangs. The Mules out paced Bovina in each of the four periods by margins of two to 11 points. The Mules defeated the Mustangs 57-36.
The Mules hosted the Littlefield Wildcats to open district Friday night. The Mules exploded for 25 points in the second period to lead the Wildcats 27-18 at the half. By the end of the third period the Wildcats had tied the game and out score the Mules 19-10 in the final period to defeat the Mules 53-49.
Eight different Mules scored two points each in the opening period to take a 16-13 lead by the end of the first period. The Mules continued to run away from the Mustangs in the second period with Reece Orozco hitting three 3-pointers. The Mules exploded for 19 points in the second period for a 35-21 lead at the half.
The Mules out distanced Bovina 22-15 in the second half.
Orozco led the Mules with 13 points. Kevin Gonzales finished with nine points and Tre Villa dropped in seven points. Mikey Lozano made six points, Javy Perez made five and Isaiah Perez and Ean Hasley scored four points each. Kevin Mendoza made three points and Eric Herrera, JoJo Rejino and Brendon Rodriquez chipped in two points each.
The Mules got off to a slow start. Coleman Preston made the Mules only two points of the first period. The Mules trailed 5-2 after one quarter.
Gonzales got the Mules started in the second period with a basket. He later made a fast break lay up and converted a pair of free throws. Orozco scored on an inbound play, nailed a 3-pointer with one minute left in the half and added two free throws before the half ended.
Hasley drained a pair of treys and sandwiched a basket between the two 3-pointers. Jacob Kettner put back an offensive rebound and made a lay up before the quarter ended.
Gonzales was fouled on a put back and converted the free throw for an old-fashion three-point play. He added a second hoop before the quarter ended. Orozco scored a trey from the top of the key and Isaiah Perez took a pass from Lozano for a hoop. Preston started the second half with a lay up.
The Mules could not hold down the Wildcats in the final period. Littlefield out scored the Mules 19-10 for the win.
Gonzales led the Mules with 16 points and Orozco finished with 13 points that included three treys. Hasley scored eight points and Kettner and Preston made four points each. Eric Herrera and Perez chipped in two points each.
The Mules hosted the Friona Chieftains Tuesday night and will travel to Tulia to play the Tulia Hornets Friday.