Mules vs. Shallowater & Dimmitt (1-26 & 29-2016)
“We just couldn’t stand prosperity,” said Mule basketball coach Clay White shortly after the Dimmitt Bobcats defeated the Mules 56-46 Friday night. The Mules had defeated the predicted district champion Shallowater Mustangs 38-36 Tuesday night.
The Mules seemed a bit intimidated by Shallowater in the first quarter. Danny Campos was four-for-four from the charity line and Dagen Dunham drained a 3-pointer from the corner. Those were the Mules only first quarter points and the Mustangs led 12-7 after one quarter.
The Mules returned the favor in the second period to tie the game at 19-19 at the half.
Jason Florez opened the second period for the Mules with a pair of free throws. Antonio Vasquez sank a short jumper and Campos made two more charity tosses. He added a basket mid way through the second period. Florez tied the game with a lay up in the final seconds of the first half.
Campos made all eight of the Mules’ eight points in the third quarter to push the Mules in front of the Mustangs 27-23.
Florez took the lead for the Mules in the final quarter with a jump shot from near the free throw line. Campos made back-to-back hoops and Dunham dropped in a free throw. Florez finished the game with a lay up and a pair of free throws.
Shallowater had a shot at the end of the game but it did not fall.
Campos led the Mules with a very quiet 20 points. Florez finished with 10 points and Dunham dropped in six points. Vasquez chipped in two points in the win for the undisputed district lead.
The Mules got off to a slow start against the Dimmitt Bobcats. Dunham made a short jump shot just over three minutes into the game for the Mules first points. Campos made two free throws. Aaryn Ross and Florez added a hoop each and the Mules trailed Dimmitt 10-8 after one quarter.
The Bobcats exploded for 23 points in the second period to claim a 33-19 lead at the intermission.
Florez scored on a pass from Beto Diaz to tie the game at 10-10 45 seconds into the second period. Dunham put the Mules in front with a pair of free throws. Campos made his final point of the night with a free throw. He was in foul trouble most of the game.
Diaz made a lay up and a second hoop. Tony Castillo sandwich a hoop between Diaz scores for a 16-14 Mule lead. The Bobcats took over after that.
The Mules got off two a quick start in the second half with Dunham scoring a lay up. He made a steal and went coast-to-coast for his second basket. Diaz sank a 3-pointer and Castillo made a pair of baskets. Florez drained back-to-back treys and chipped in a free throw as the Mules out scored Dimmitt 15-9 to cut the Bobcat lead to 42-37.
The Bobcats got most of their lead back in the final period by out running the Mules 14-9 for the win. The Mules did not scored for just over three minutes were gone in the final quarter.
Dunham finally broke the drought with a hoop. Diaz chipped in one free throw and Dunham closed out the game with a pair of treys.
Dunham led the Mules with 16 points that included a pair of 3-pointers. Florez finished with 11 points that also included a two treys. Diaz made one 3-pointer and eight points. Castillo dropped in six points, Campos had three points and Ross chipped in two points.
The Mules went on the road Tuesday to battle the third place Littlefield Wildcats. The Mules stay on the road Friday when they go to Friona to play the Chieftains for the second time.