Eighth-grade Mules lose to Braves 43-18

By Delton Wilhite
Sportswriter

The eighth-grade Mules stuck close to the Friona Braves in the opening period Monday, but could not maintain the pace in the final three quarters. The Mules fell to the Braves 43-18.

Photos by Norman Brantley

Daniel Avila sank a trey from the left wing to give the Mules a 3-2 lead one minute into the game. The Braves scored the next four points before Dylan Watkins dropped in a 3-pointer from the left wing to tie the game at 6-6. Jeremiah Barron scored on an inbounds play for the final two points of the first quarter. The Mules trailed 8-9 after one frame.
Watkins hit an 18-foot baseline jumper to open the second quarter. The Braves scored the next 11 points to lead the Mules 20-10 with 42 seconds left in the first half. Watkins drained his second trey of the half. Friona led the Mules 21-13 at the intermission.
Dok Gardner finished a fast break for the Mules only two points of the third period. The Mules trailed 15-29 with one quarter left to play.
Watkins sank a 3-pointer from the left wing for the Mules only points in the final quarter.
Watkins led the Mules in scoring with three treys for 11 points. Avila made a trey in the first period for his three points. Barron and Gardner finished with two points each.
The Mules traveled to Shallowater Monday to play the Mustangs. They will play in the Bovina Invitational Tournament December 14 and 16. The Mules return home December 18 to host the Roosevelt Eagles before taking off for the Christmas break.

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