8th Mules vs. Friona (2-6-2017)
The eighth-grade Mules missed enough free throws in the final quarter to have iced the game Monday afternoon against Friona. The Mules fell 23-19.
Joe Gutierrez scored the Mules only hoop in the first period with two minutes left to play. That basket tied the game 2-2. Friona scored to take a 5-2 lead after one quarter.
Cesar Enriquez tied the game at 5-5 with a trey in the second quarter.
The Mules and Friona battled in the third quarter, and the score remained tied. Gutierrez led off for the Mules with a hoop 15 seconds into the third period. Eli Macias put the Mules ahead with a 12-foot jumper. Riley Kettner made a steal and drove the floor for a hoop, and he ended the frame with a pair of free throws.
The two teams were locked in a 13-13 tie with one period left to play.
Gutierrez chipped in a free throw with less than four minutes left to play to keep the Mules close. Enriquez sank his second 3-pointer of the game to put the Mules on top 17-15 with two minutes left. Gutierrez ended the Mules’ scoring with a hoop with 90 seconds left to play.
Friona made eight unanswered points in the final minute and a half.
Gutierrez led the Mules with seven points. Enriquez added six points. Kettner made all four of his points in the third quarter. Macias chipped in two points.
The Mules wrapped up their season in Shallowater Monday afternoon.