By Delton Wilhite
The JV Mules came up just short of the Dimmitt Bobcats on Tuesday evening in Dimmitt 45-47. The Mules had taken the lead in the third period, 29-25, but could not hold it in the final period.
Jimmy Villa, Kelan Florez, and Jose Cardenas scored a basket each in the opening period. Bryan Ginez also scored a basket and then made a pair of free throws. The Mules trailed 13-10 after one quarter.
The Mules fell no farther behind despite not scoring until only two-and-half minutes were remaining in the second frame. Derek Barron finally made a layup for the Mules, and he later added a second basket. Ginez scored before the half ended.
Dimmitt led the Mules 19-16 at the half.
The Mules outscored Dimmitt 13-6 in the third period to lead the Bobcats 29-25. Ginez made a pair of charity tosses to crank the Mules after the half. Carter McCamish drove coast-to-coast for a layup. Yoel Reyes made a short jumper and later hit from behind the arc for a trey. Florez made a pair from the charity line, and Nick Zaragoza made one.
Dimmitt outran the Mules 22-16 to the finish line for the win.
Cardenas made the Mules first basket and dropped in a second hoop before the game ended. Florez made three buckets and chipped in a free throw during the final eight minutes.
Reyes sank his second trey of the night, and Ricky Diaz put back an offensive rebound for the final two points.
Florez paced the Mules with eleven points. Reyes added nine points, and Ginez dropped in eight points. Cardenas finished with six points, and Barron made four points. Villa, Diaz, and McCamish had two points each. Zaragoza chipped in one point.
The Mules are off for the Christmas break and will return to action January 5 in Friona against the Chieftains. The Mules will host the Shallowater Mustangs January 9.