9th Mules vs. Shallowater (12-12-2016)
The freshmen Mules battled the Shallowater Mustangs and led 27-23 at the intermission. The Mustangs stormed back in the second half to defeat the Mules 53-39.
Cristian Bustillos kicked off the Mules scoring after Shallowater jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Mules. Eddie Vasquez chipped in his first of three free throws and Kelan Florez made a short jump shot as the Mules closed in on the Mustangs.
Vasquez made two free throws to give the Mules a 7-6 lead with 4:22 remaining in the first period. Bustillos scored his second basket of the period, and Florez chipped in a free throw. Vasquez drained a 3-pointer to extend the Mules’ lead to 13-8.
Vasquez continued to have a hot hand in the second quarter and scored the Mules first basket for the Mules. Carter McCamish nailed a 3-pointer to put the Mules up 18-8. Ricky Diaz made a layup with just under five minutes left in the half.
Vasquez sank his second 3-pointer of the game, and the Mules led 27-23 at the half.
The Mules left their game in the locker room at the break, and Shallowater outscored the Mules 16-5 to reclaim the lead 39-32. The Mustangs took the momentum into the final period and outpaced the Mules 14-7.
Vasquez led the Mules with 14 points. Florez dropped in seven points, and Bustillos added five points. Matthew Alarcon made all four of his points in the third quarter. McCamish and Diaz scored three points each. Jose Cardenas made two points in the final period, and Derek Barron chipped in one point.
The Mules will break for Christmas and will return to action in 2017 when they travel to Littlefield January 9 to play the Littlefield Wildcats.