Seventh-grade Mules beat Braves 28-19

By Delton Wilhite
Sportswriter

The undersized seventh-grade Mules used full-court pressure to out scrap the Friona Braves Monday afternoon 28-19.
One minute into the game, Elisar Cisneros was fouled while shooting and converted both free throws to put the Mules ahead. Irvin Torres finished a fast break to put the Mules in front 4-0. The Braves tied the game at 4-4 before the first period ended.
The Braves scored to open the second quarter to give Friona the lead briefly. Uriel Ramirez sank a 3-pointer from the left wing to put the Mules ahead to stay with just less than two minutes remaining in the second period. Ramirez added a pair of charity tosses 20-seconds later.

Photos by Norman Brantley

Frankie Reyes picked a Brave’s pocket and fed the ball ahead to Ramirez for a layup and completed the three-point play by converting the free throw to extend the Mule lead to 12-8 at the half.
Tate Shipman opened the third frame by putting back an offensive rebound to fire up the Mule offense. Reyes picked off a Brave pass and drove the floor for a layup. Torres made a running jump shot from the right elbow and followed that with a steal and drove to the hoop for a layup.
Shipman sent the ball down the floor to Torres running on a break. Ramirez stole a Brave inbound pass and drove 60-feet for a hoop to give the Mules a 24-12 lead after three quarters.
The Shipman made three of the Mules final four points in the game and blocked a shot in the final period.

The Mules Mules traveled to Shallowater to play the Mustangs Monday afternoon and will play in the Bovina Mustang Invitational Tournament December 14 and 16. The Mules return home December 18 to host the Roosevelt Eagles.

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