Mules vs. Dimmitt & Slaton (1-24 & 27-2017)
The Mules defeated the Dimmitt Bobcatsnight to move into a tie with the Slaton Tigers for fourth place in the district. The Mules followed that with a win over the Slaton Tigers to take sole possession of fourth place with a district record of 5-4.
Dimmitt fell to the Mules 57-47 The Mules had to overcome a 10-point deficit against the Slaton Tigers. The Mules won the game 64-56.
Dagen Dunham put back a rebound for the Mules first points near the four-minute mark of the first period. He had added two more baskets before the quarter ended. Mario Flores finished a fast break with a hoop.
Jason Florez sank a free throw. Jesse Leal made a pass to Florez breaking to the hoop for an easy layup. The Mules led 11-10 after the first eight minutes.
Florez scored with a 15-foot jumper to start the second quarter. Beto Diaz scored in the paint. Flores completed a three-point play after being fouled while scoring. Donovan Gutierrez and Tre Villa each chipped in a free throw. Florez took a feed from Dunham for a layup. Florez added two charity tosses.
The Mules led 24-19 at the intermission.
Florez sank a 3-pointer to start the third quarter. He had added a basket later in the period. Diaz scored with a 12-foot jumper and then stepped outside the arc for a trey. Leal finished a fast break for a hoop. Villa chipped in a free throw. The Mules led 37-30 with eight minutes left in the game.
The Mules made nine-of-16 free throws in the final quarter. Diaz started the final period with a free throw. He put back a rebound and took feeds from Florez for two more hoops. Diaz chipped in one last free throw.
Dunham sank a trey. Flores scored in the paint and made two free throws. Gutierrez and Florez made two free throws each and Leal dropped in one for the win.
Florez set the scoring pace for the Mules with 16 points. Diaz scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half. Dunham and Flores dropped in nine points each. Gutierrez and Leal added three points each and Villa chipped in two points.
Slaton scored the first 10 points of the game Friday night against the Mules. Diaz broke the scoring ice for the Mules with a free throw. He later scored on a fast break. Gutierrez took a pass from Diaz for a hoop. He added a second basket later in the period.
Dunham made two hoops. Leal made a pair of free throws. Florez had finished a fast break before the buzzer ended the first quarter. The Mules trailed the Tigers 24-15 entering the second quarter.
Gutierrez started the second period with a three-point play. Dunham produced three hoops before the half. Diaz patrolled the paint and scored two baskets. Florez finished a fast break. The Mules had chipped away at the lead. Slaton led the Mules 38-30 at the intermission.
Gutierrez dropped in a trey to start the third quarter. He had added two more hoops before the quarter ended. Dunham put back a rebound and sank a 3-pointer. Florez sank a trey and Leal scored a basket. The Mules had trimmed the Tiger lead to 50-48 with eight minutes left to play.
Leal scored the Mules first hoop. Diaz scored in the paint and tied the game at 52-52. Dunham put the Mules in front with a basket with five minutes left in the contest. Diaz sank a trey to put the Mules on top 57-54.
Dunham took a feed from Diaz for a hoop. Diaz led a fast break for a basket. Leal chipped in a free throw, and Florez sank a pair of free throws.
Dunham led the Mules with 19 points. Gutierrez and Diaz dropped in 14 points each. Florez added nine points, and Leal made seven points. Javy Perez chipped in one point.
The Mules traveled to Frionato play the Chieftains. The Mules will host the Shallowater Mustangs Friday evening.