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By Delton Wilhite

The freshmen Mules proved to be too much for the Roosevelt Eagles Monday evening. The Mules held the Eagles scoreless until the 3:50 mark of the second quarter.

Photo by Norman Brantley

The Mules downed the Eagles 51-8.
Victor Velasquez got the Mules started when he stole an Eagle inbound pass under the Mule basket and scored 15 seconds into the game. Kurt Rodriguez put back an offensive rebound. Braden Shipman picked an Eagles pocket and pushed the ball ahead to Cesar Enriquez.
Enriquez was fouled while making the layup, and he converted the free throw for a three-point play. The Mule full-court press created a turnover when Enriquez made a steal and drove the floor for a hoop.
Velazquez scored twice more before the first period ended. Joe Gutierrez made three consecutive hoops. Enriquez sank a trey and Shipman made a jumper from the blocks to end the first period. The Mules led 24-0 after one quarter.
Shipman led off the second period with a short jumper. He added a second hoop later in the half. Gutierrez and Enriquez made a basket each. Velasquez scored and chipped in a free throw. The Mules led 35-2 at the intermission.
The Roosevelt coach requested a running clock in the second half.
The Mules continued to roll up points. Shipman made a pass across the lane to Benji Ramirez for the Mules final two points.
Enriquez led the Mules with 16 points. Velasquez dropped in 13 points. Gutierrez made all eight of his points in the first half. Shipman finished with six points, and Rodriguez added four points. Brett Martinez and Ramirez chipped in two points each.

Rhea Gonzales


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